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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: 07:53 am
Halala Amakhosi, Lets get ready for Sundowns now. I wish we could give them what we gave Swallows cos they talk too much.

I will eat those Chips 19- nill. Let them burry themselves sibhanxa ne bari...
posted: 08:02 am
Alfred : 2008-04-06 18:13

I am confident Chiefs will beat Sun flowers next week, the coach only needs to work on our middlefield. We are only good when we have ball & struggle turn over the possession. This brings me to the role of Gerald Sibeko in the team. Except for taking free kicks I really fail to understand what is he doing in the field. If they can allow Sunflowers the space then like they did against Elders today, we will be punished. Also Simphiwe & Mathebula should help out with defending,they are exposing Tau & Bhasera.

Hey Alfredo: have you eaten you breakfast as yet thi morning? If yes, what were you eating? If no go eat my 'umphokoqo' couse I can see you are on hunger strike. Mxximmm.
posted: 08:09 am
To all my boys, welldone to Chiefs and the technical staff. Why are people questioning Gerald Sibeko's role. If you know Steve Marlborouque role of Tottenham Hotspurs, then you'll never question Sibeko's role. As for Simphiwe, i'm still questioning his role, one day Bhasera will be exposed.

Once a Bhakaniya Always a Bhakaniya.
posted: 08:11 am
Hauuuuweeeeeng Baaaanaaa.....

I told you soo, he he he... Gorowa... he he he.... Lets say the penalty was awarded, then it makes the score 3 - 2... So he shouldn't cry that much, at the end of the day, Chiefs won...

The idiotic coach is going to be fined for his comments, i guess it was a case of blood rushing to the head, he he he....

posted: 08:16 am
Saddam, are u from Howick - Kzn, what's his real surname.

Tell Khanyeza/Khenyeza to go and fix up his moms house. some guy showed me his house (we drove pass it) i was working, buying farms
posted: 08:19 am
Arthur-Martha, i hope u are doing well. but i am one of those people who wonder about Gerald's role other than free kicks. they must bring in Nkambule.

Hardy mabhakabhaka. Khosi 4 Life
posted: 08:26 am
The lose to Sundown knocked Chiefs confidence and the ability to play with passion, the flair wasn't there yesterday & all I saw were guys playing football not soccer, oh only Mathebula (reminded me of Ace, Shakes, 16V & Shuffle) showed us how to play for Chiefs and dominated his opossite number who'd to be red carded because of frustration. Chiefs should be contempt with just wins not HOW they win their remainaing games. Hope Muhsin stays on otherwise I fear the worst.
posted: 08:31 am
chips won de game bt it was fair or wat? lets face de reality chips won de game wth de help of de ref. How many tyms chips win games wth de help of refs? Lesiba u were rite ma man.Talking about chips beating DOWNS den u must think twice.Up the DOWNS.
posted: 08:58 am
Doctor my boy, yeka ukuphapha. wazenza umfazi nje, yini inkinga yakha. I'm not Martha, you moron. About Nkambule(rooi), he's a great player, he only excell when you give him a free role, don't tell him what to do, he knows what to do, nobody will stop him, i know him from ekasi (Daveyton, evutha maboneng). I think you don't understand how Chiefs play. Do you remember Skara Kathintwa, then you'll know what i'm talking about. As i've said, if you know Iniesta from Barcelona, you'll know what i'm talking about.

Once a Bhakaniya Always a Bhakaniya.
posted: 09:07 am
Arthur-Martha, i will stop calling u this if you stop using "my boy".

back 2 soccer and Gerald. Chiefs need Nkambule not Gerald and may be a supportive wings (strong) Tau weak right back, Bhasera very strong left back and Nengomashe very very strong in the middle of the park.
that's my view Brazo.
posted: 09:08 am
true kaizer thieves supporters will tell you- IF WE CANT BEAT YOU WE ROB U.
posted: 09:31 am
Well done boys we are proud of you keep up the spirit
posted: 09:36 am
Doctor my boy, i'm probably your dad. Respect me and i'll respect you. Don't forget i'm older than you think.

I think you are forgeting something here, Gerald is also good in defence, never doubt that, i'm sure that Nkambule is not that good in defence, that's my problem with him. He's(Michael) only good in creativity , not defence. If you notice, Nengomashe is not exposed because of Gerald and Gerald is not exposed because of Nengomashe. As for Michael, Nengomashe will be exposed.

Once a Bhakaniya Always a Bhakaniya.
posted: 10:06 am
Arthur-Martha, i am sorry i wont stop if u dont stop, i still respect u Bra.

that is why i said in order to field Nkambule u must back him up with stronger players especially on the right (Tau is weak in defence).

posted: 10:07 am
That was a daily robbery in front of the policeman(ref). The penalty awarded to chiefs was extremely harsh and the foul happened out-side the box.

Keep on paying the refferies Booby like you did with the rothmans cup may be you will qualify for top8.
posted: 10:11 am
Sasha I wish I knew what that "umphoqoko" is,anyway I stand by my comments. Sunflower like Chiefs knows that next week's game is not like playing Leopards. Both set of supporters are confident about their team's chances, so do I.
posted: 10:13 am
Sasha I wish I knew what that "umphoqoko" is,anyway I stand by my comments. Sunflower like Chiefs knows that next week's game is not like playing Leopards. Both set of supporters are confident about their team's chances, so do I.
posted: 10:19 am
Sundowns is in the moeilikheid
posted: 10:46 am
I think with the current strike force Chiefs can not play Nkambule, maybe next season with the arrival of "Tori". I don't think Gerald had 1 of his best games yesterday Tsutsudupa in particular kept him in defence mode most of the game, a job he did very well considering the world trend of zonal defending and not man marking.
posted: 12:06 pm
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