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Posted: 10 May 2008 Time: 16:36

A first-half goal from David Mathebula has handed Kaizer Chiefs a 1-0 victory over Orlando Pirates in a pulsating Soweto Derby at the Mmabatho Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Pirates were perhaps the better side on the day, but as has been so for most of this season, they could not put the ball in the back of the net.

Chiefs improved in the second half, but were happy to sit back and soak up Pirates pressure, attempting to hit them on the break, and move into the top eight.


1 mins: And we kick-off under perfect skies. It is a hot day in Mafikeng.

5 mins: A much slower start to this game than the corresponding fixture in Durban in November, when Chiefs were ahead after 19 seconds through Mabhuti Khenyeza, who is suspended for today.

9 mins: Pirates are attacking down the flanks, especially the lefthand side, with Mokoena and Jele linking up well. They have yet to test Khune though. Another attack sees Masehe cross for Walaza, but the striker is inches away from connecting from close-range. Chiefs look tentative.

13 mins: The first real attempt on goal comes as an off-balance Walaza heads high and wide from 10 yards. Chiefs have still yet to spend any real amount of time in the Pirates half.

14 mins What a chance! Chenene sets up Modise with an excellent opportunity, but the Bafana Bafana midfielder fires onto the crossbar and over from seven yards. He should have scored.

19 mins: Khune comes right to the edge of his area to collect a Modise cross, but he spills the ball and Chiefs scramble clear. The error sums-up a nervous Chiefs in the early part of this game.

23 mins: Lovelly footwork from Chenene sees the winger create space for himself in the box and fire in a low shot with his less-favoured right foot. Khune saves easily though.

28 mins: Chiefs’ first opportunity sees Mathebula back-heel from the byline to Zwane, who should have shot from eight yards out, but instead tries to find Tshabalala with a pass and the chance is cleared. It takes 26 minutes for Chiefs to create a half-chance.

33 mins: Pirates win a free-kick on the edge of the area, a bit to the left of central and Modise steps up, but they make a hash of it and the shot is charged down. Meyiwa makes a brilliant point-blank save from Bartlett’s header. That was the best chance of the game so far.

35 mins: A brilliant cross from Mdledle finds Masehe six-yards out, but the striker glances his header just over the bar. Another great chance for the visitors.

36 mins: GOAL! After soaking up all the pressure, it is Chiefs who have the lead! Bartlett beats Makita for pace and produces a brilliant low cross that is slid into the net by the on-rushing Mathebula from just a few yards out. Against the run of play, but coach Muhsin Ertugral won’t care!

40 mins: And it should have been 2-0! Mathebula is put through on goal, but a bad first-touch moves him wide. He crosses low, however, for Tshabalala, who somehow slices wide from seven yards. Unbelievable miss!

HALFTIME: Pirates will be wondering how they are behind in this match, but in truth Chiefs should be 2-0 up. Still, they have one goal to show for a half in which they spent much of the time under pressure in their own half, but grabbed a well-worked goal through Mathebula.

46 mins: And we’re back underway with the second half.

50 mins: An excellent run by Zwane down the right sees the winger cross for Mathebula, but the ball is behind him and he does well to back-heel the ball towards goal. It beats Meyiwa, but Makita is able to clear off the line.

54 mins: Mdledle received a YELLOW CARD for a challenge on Bartlett. The first of the afternoon. Mokoena beats Bhasera and fires a low shot across goal which forces an excellent save from Khune.

59 mins: Pirates are pushing forward in search of the equalizer, but are being met by a wall of gold shirts.

64 mins: Modise is shown a YELLOW CARD by referee Charl Theron following a foul on Tshabalala. The first change of the afternoon comes as Zwane leaves the scene, to be replaced by Phala.

70 mins: The game is loosening up now with end-to-end action, but wayward shooting is letting both sides down. The next goal will be so important, as if Pirates ship a second, that should be game, set and match.

75 mins: Gumbi gets a YELLOW CARD for bringing down Tshabalala, but Sibeko fires the free-kick into the wall. Segolela comes on to replace Masehe and straight away his pace creates space on the right, but his cut-back to Walaza is cleared.

81 mins: McCarthy gets a YELLOW CARD as he brings down Segolela. Pirates appeal for handball in the area as Mokoena’s shot strikes the arm of McCarthy, but referee Theron says no.

85 mins: Mathebula is replaced by Motaung Junior for the final eight minutes. Pirates continue to look the most likely team to score with a succession of corners, but the Chiefs defence is holding firm. Phala makes an excellent break on the counter-attack, but his final shot is woeful. Modise is replaced by Ramudzuli.

86 mins: Gumbi gets a second booking and a RED CARD from referee Theron. He had to go.

FULLTIME: Walaza has the ball in the back of the net, but the goal is disallowed for a foul on Khune. As Khune went to grab the cross, he was caught by Walaza in the ‘nether regions’. The goalkeeper dropped the ball and Walaza slotted home, but the whistle had already gone. Spencer comes on for Tshabalala.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 05:52 pm
posted: 05:58 pm
Speed kills....i dont know who times these pirates want to be told.
Just take it easy then you would succed, you should slow things down think and act. But you just run like headless chicken thats you get beaten so hard.
posted: 06:01 pm
If I was playing soccer and be left for pace by ageing Bartlett like Makita, I will walk out of the pitch and hand over my resignation before the end of the game. I am also impatiently waiting for Sunflower to loose, I won't eat for two weeks if they can win and I really wish them VERY BAD LUCK!
posted: 06:10 pm
Hi Mighty Khosi
Where is BHAKABHAKA & Xolani this evening? Shapa Khosi shapa. They said; Mathebula or no him, they will win the game.We knew it b4 the game that Mathebula knows the pin, as we have already have an ATM card. Come on guys, be man enough to send your Cold Congrats to the winner. Now I'm running out of food, becoz ndiyatsha kakhulu this evening.
Sorry, Bhakajuju, try next door, oh only if is possible!!
From: Mk Mjukutya kwaLanga
posted: 06:19 pm
Owen Dagama must go he does not like to field the likes of gilbert Gidza ,Ralf Matema,sepeke Manamela,Ivin Mhlambi,WHY? Why,chelsea has gotAfricans, you must go Dagama 8 games without a win you are joking,pirates is a big team,tsamaya mmona,VAYA .
posted: 06:22 pm
oh, someone call themselves 'BOSS' now after getting into top eight. you should be, remember last season.... have you guys won the world cup or something, i thought this was just a league game, whose outcome does not determine the league winner. wake up guys, i think this is too much of a noise for such an achievement.
posted: 06:37 pm
Sivulela induku !! now Bucs are asking for the heads coach!!! he he he we need a striker!!! heehehheeehh !! anilinde mabhakaniya your time will come, there is absolutely nothing wrong with your team, u are just emulating your son Mjomane!! ha ha ha !! sivulel' induku!!
posted: 06:42 pm
Wena Doctor thula uthi tu tu tu !!! if Da Gama had fielded u MSHANGAZIKE wakho and left u Walaza on the bench u were gonna make the same noise!! he could only field 11 players and subtitute with what he thought was right!! maybe he should have fielded u !! just nail players for a change!! Vasco Da Gama this Da Gama that please !! just nail players!!
posted: 06:48 pm
now who's gonna play in the Super 14 this year!! he he he he he !! i Bhakabhaka!!
posted: 06:55 pm
ayeye khosi ayeye what a game.sorry to the poor bhakhaniya 8 games without a win shame on you guyz!
posted: 06:58 pm
Hell Taipei, what's with the sour grapes dude, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure which team you affilliated with, the same team that is always celebrating the Telkom Charity victories like they've won the world cup or something, come dude, i know you were hoping Chiefs wouldn't make the top 8 so you disappointed now hence your negative utterances, guys like must learn to accpet Chiefs is no ordinary team, you bitter because no matter how many psl titles your wins, they can never be considered a big team, grow up boss, AND YES WE ARE HAPPY, KHOSI 4 LIFE!!!!!
posted: 07:02 pm
taipei: 2008-05-10 18:22
oh, someone call themselves 'BOSS' now after getting into top eight. you should be, remember last season.... have you guys won the world cup or something, i thought this was just a league game, whose outcome does not determine the league winner. wake up guys, i think this is too much of a noise for such an achievement.

Hey wena negama lase China ungazo bheda. It's not our fault that Chiefs won, or are you getting a salary for being jealous? For us this is far important than winning a league or any cup for that matter. Beating Pie-rats to us is more than winning 1994 elections if you don't know. Go to sleep if you consumed too much during the day.
posted: 07:09 pm
Alfred, i'm happy you've seen through this Taipei clown, dude must do the honourable thing and retire to bed rather than make a fool of himself by spitting such balderdash!!!!!!!
posted: 07:24 pm
Well, vata twelela
posted: 07:34 pm
ODG wit al du respect i ding it time u stop fildin ur favorit player dat cant make a team win like Teko wher dé hel is kamwendo J dan Gumbi.I aslo dink u must go now.
posted: 11:00 pm
Look at what is making noise :') WHen we make noise about winning 6 league games on the trot other people get jealous and say we celebrate as if we have won the league now just because they won this weekend we must applaud them? NEVER!!! And I SAY IT AGAIN NEVER!!! NEVER!!! NEVER!!! How can you be jealous of someone who is driving a TOYOTA WHEN YOU DRIVING A BENTLEY??? STOP MAKING NOISE YOU NOT EVEN GUARANTEED TOP 8 YET AND AS FOR YOU ALFRED YOU LL STARVE YOURSELF TO DEATH AS SUNDOWNS WILL KEEP ON WINNING UNTIL JESUS COMES BACK TO EARTH!!! Shame on you CHEATERS WHAT A LUCKY WIN
posted: 05:39 am
Njabulo my friend, you sound like a disgruntled employee, check this out, whether it's a Masserati, Porsce, Lamborghini or your imaginary Bentely you driving, that still doesn't afford you the status you think you deserve domestic football, you will need to deal with the fact that Chiefs is a big team and your team aren't, period.
posted: 06:19 am
Guyz u won n fair,congra,to Khoza plz dnt fire de coach the problem is wth the management,truth be told as long as Mbele is at pirates the team wl nevr win a cup,hw many coaches a we going fire,pirates mst disolv the team n build it 4rm scratch gvng the cch pwer to choose hs plyrs,Dgm cn do that?
posted: 06:21 am
Its real, Orlando Pirates is a PSL ATM. Come Free State Stars and draw 3 points from the ATM. Junior Kgao.
posted: 07:08 am
Thanx mathebula 4 having the right Pin 4 those 3 points
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