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Chiefs back into top eight

Posted: 6 April 2008 Time: 17:29

With an excellent 3-1 win over Moroka Swallows, Kaizer Chiefs move into eighth position on the Absa Premiership log, while The Birds drop to ninth.

Swallows created plenty of goalscoring opportunities in their home match at Rustenburg's Olympia Park Stadium, but simply missed too many chances.

Swallows coach Ian Gorowa had a changed team compared to the starting line-up he used in the Nedbank Cup Last 16 loss against Santos.

Greg Etafia (for Aubrey Mathibe), James Mayinga (for Brent Geyer), Cecil Oerson (for Siphesihle Ngobese) and Sandile Ndlovu (for Maimane Phiri) all started, while Chiefs had one change; Kaizer Motaung Junior replaced the injured Shaun Bartlett.

Amakhosi started as the more attacking team with Mabhuti Khenyeza and David Mathebula looking in fine form. Chiefs scored in the 16th minute from a corner, which was powerfully headed in by Khenyeza.

Shortly thereafter, Swallows leftback Mayinga was lucky to stay on the field after a horrendous tackle on Gerald Sibeko.

Slowly, the Birds came back in the game, creating a few opportunities. The best chance came in the 29th minute for Swallows striker James Chamanga, but Chiefs goalie Itumeleng Khune saved brilliantly.

One minute later, however, the Zambian striker did not miss, scoring the equaliser from short range after fine work by Sandile Ndlovu. It was Chamanga’s 14th goal of the season.

The Birds could have gone 2-1 up late in the second half, but Bevan Fransman’s shot landed on the crossbar and the half ended 1-1.

Five minutes into the second half, Khenyeza got an opportunity to score Amakhosi’s second goal, but the striker waited too long, giving Swallows goalie Etafia time to intervene.

Thereafter, the Birds created the better chances. Khune, however, was in great form and was correctly selected as the Man of the Match.

The Bafana goalie stopped Chamanga from scoring in a one-on-one situation, and a while later stretched to his left corner to block a Lefa Tsutsulupa long-distance shot from going in.

Then Siphiwe Tshabalala, who had a poor afternoon, was clumsily handled by keeper Goodman Mazibuko while dribbling just outside the Swallows box, and the resulting penalty was coolly slotted in by Chiefs centre-back Jonathan Quartey.

Ian Gorowa brought in two changes to attempt the equaliser, Phiri for Mark Haskins and Evans Gwekwerere for Japhet Zwane, but Swallows’ attacking efforts were thwarted when Mayinga was sent off in the 80th minute as a result of receiving his second yellow.

Substitute Thuso Phala scored the third for Chiefs in the 83rd minute, to take the score to 3-1 – not a true reflection of the evenly-balanced match.

Swallows claimed a penalty when Chamanga was brought down in the box by Amakhosi's leftback Onismor Bhasera, but, to the annoyance of Birds coach Gorowa, the referee decided against it.

“I don't think the Chiefs’ penalty should have been given,” Gorowa stated afterwards. “However, Chiefs have to be in the Top Eight, so things like this can be expected.”

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 06:23 pm
kaizer chiefs played very well but not like last week with sundowns, chiefs`s problem is when the are in lead they relax they don`t put pressure anymore until they consider sill gool,same aplies with sundowns game,but is good win at last.
posted: 06:30 pm
Gorowa statement is just rubbish, does he think Chiefs needs a favour from his Elders? He must apply from the PSL for his players to use walking sticks because they are too old and are always caught for pace by younger players. Is his team conceeding so many goals for Chiefs to be in the top eight, thats purely madness.
posted: 06:40 pm
what happened?
posted: 06:41 pm
Eddy, against Sunflowers Chiefs did not played well but excellent. The only problem is not adding more goals when we lead, then Lerato was allowed too much space behind Mathebula to challenge Tau. Then Ertugral was quick to remove Tsotetsi from the team, Quartey always found himself on the wrong side of Moriri. As for next week McCathy will be absent(3 bookings), you will see Tsotetsi against Moriri. Arthur did well wen he came on today, he must start next week & Mathebula to play behind strikers.
posted: 06:47 pm
“I don't think the Chiefs’ penalty should have been given,” Gorowa stated afterwards. “However, Chiefs have to be in the Top Eight, so things like this can be expected.”
CRAP, CRAP, CRAP AND MORE CRAP, Gorawa brother what's up with you ACCEPT DEFEAT LIKE A MAN, something is very wrong with you and you team, 34 GOALS CONCEDED, you lost and you lost Period!!!, what are u teaching you players going after the refree like that.... you should be very worried,....YOUR JOB IS ON THE LINE BABA i can smell it!!
posted: 06:50 pm
well stated and well said Alfred, great comments baba...i think you spot on....as for Sibeko at some stage i thought he was not on the field untill he kicked that FREE KICK!!
posted: 06:57 pm
Was this comment facility made for Chiefs & Sunflower supporters only? Where are other teams? or are they ashamed to write about their teams when they are not doing well? C'mon guys yo team is yo team not one can take that away from you. There is no need to wait for yo team to dominate others with ball possession before you have confidence to write something about them. I challenge the over rated Celtic, low self esteem Pirates, not so sure Swallows & others. Oh! Platinum stars topped the votings in the Telkom charity, we need those hands on the computers.
posted: 07:04 pm
They only come to the party when Chiefs loose, you can go check comments on the article about Chiefs loss to Sundowns..... win or loose i'm a Khosi for Life
posted: 07:23 pm
Alfredo u r 100% right my authi, bucs sapotas r not commenting r only sdwns and khosi, let us c, sdwns will win next week, the'll comment .
posted: 08:00 pm
Ja they'll comment if you lose cause you people talk too much about nothing.
posted: 08:20 pm
As expected from the Crooks they always win because of controversial decisions from the referee. Is Motaung in the referee committee? Bobby was crying about how the ref should have given 4 downs playerz red cards n he should now cry about the referee costing swallows a point. I think people should stop blasting the referee when they got decisions against them but also when they get dubious decisions their way so that we ll see that the referee was not bribed and it will put pressure on the referee knowing that no one will defend him. My challenge 2 all of you guys is 2 bash the referee irrespective of which team we follow and he will improve next game. Lets be intellectuals here; a bad decision is a bad decision, period. Up the sky, kiwi shoe-shine
posted: 08:21 pm
Well done to kaizer chiefs for beating Moroka swallows keep it that way guys,next week kumele sivale imilomo yeSundown nePiretes by eating our daily bread(Sundowns)kwenzeke kahle isheshe idlale legame sisashisa kodwa vele sihlala sishisa thina makhosi amahle.Hhoyi hhoyi khosi 4 life.
posted: 08:25 pm
Khanyeza is like Adebayor, he ll miss 10 clear-cut chances 4 every goal he will score and thats a bad return. So we all agree SANTOS to take the league?
posted: 08:29 pm
Vents that was just a clear penalty we should accept the lose,this is football,both teams can't win the same match,that is what we always hear when the team has lost,refree did this refree did that.
posted: 08:58 pm
After Santos beat Pie-rats in the league, I chose them to win the league. Ajax are out of it, they lack motivation to fight for the 1st position. Supersport looks promising but the pressure of trying to fight off Santos & Ajax will be too much for them. They lack the experience to pick them up when chips are down. Santos picked up @ the right time, having a new coach whom they are now playing for is to their advantage. I am sorry to dissappoint others but they will win both the League & the Nedbank cup.
posted: 09:06 pm
Oaky the ref didn't give u'r team and penalty and we saw it but what difference it could have made? When u say Chiefs penalty was not suppose to be given what do u mean? One other thing mind u'r words when commenting because u might find u'rself in hot water.. And dnt fogget that the big bosses are watching so it might take years and years for u to get an offer from Mzansi's big teams.. U talk too much Morena and make unneccessary commends
posted: 09:32 pm
i partially tip Santos to take the league but i fancy SSU and ajax..but santos might come behind the team that takes the league..they will remain position 2..if they dont take the league..viva santos..and get ready for next season because chiefs will start to reign PSL and pirates will be playing intertaining footbal i know but wont win the league
posted: 06:28 am
Guys I want to know how much Kaizer Motaung paid this refree yesterday, lots of things happen and he said play on, but when it is chips player he just give Swallows players red cards, I think because of this refrees, South Africa is going nowhere and I wish FIFA not to appoint even one refree from this country during the 2010 soccer world cup because people are going to kill each other, Bobby as long as you pay refree you will qualify for the top 8, you moron
posted: 07:19 am
Mr Prof, i think u were right about this Khanyeza/Khenyeza thing.

Khosi 4 Life
posted: 07:31 am

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