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Controversial win for Chiefs

Posted: 20 November 2009 Time: 22:04

Kaizer Chiefs jumped up to fourth on the Absa Premiership standings after a 1-0 win over 10-man Santos at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Friday night, but it was not a match without controversy.

Reneilwe Letsholonyane scored the first-ever goal at the new World Cup stadium to sink the People’s Team, who had Thabiso Ntloana sent off just two minutes after the goal for a stamp on Nkosinathi Nhleko.

But with five minutes to go, substitute Eleazar Rodgers headed the ball over the line before it was cleared by Thabang Rooi. Referee Harold Lekitane initially looked to have pointed to the spot, but then bizarrely ordered a drop-ball – much to Santos’ digust.

In an even first half, Chiefs had the first chance when Josta Dladla found space inside the area, but his first touch was a poor one and allowed the defence to clear.

Letsholonyane fired a shot straight at goalkeeper Tshepo Motsoeneng soon after, before Tyren Arendse dragged one wide at the other end.

The two sides were restricted to long-range efforts up until the 39th minute, when a well-worked free-kick routine from Chiefs almost allowed Thabang Rooi to score, but for some brave goalkeeping.

Arthur Bartman also had to be alert at the other end when Graham King burst through, but it remained goalless at the break.

Santos almost scored the opener early in the second half – King’s run down the left setting up Phikolethu Spelman, but Thomas Sweswe put his body on the line to clear the goalbound shot.

A few minutes later and Chiefs had the lead. A great ball from Knowledge Musona played Abia Nale in on goal. His cross was only parried to the feet of Letsholonyane, who calmly side-footed home.

Three minutes later and Santos’ position was even worse – a red card for Ntloana for a stamp on the hard-working Nhleko, who soon after beat two defenders before forcing a near-post save from Motsoeneng.

Santos kept fighting and after King volleyed straight at Bartman, the controversial moment when the linesman failed to spot the ball crossing the line – and thereby handing Chiefs the three points.

Previous comments on this story...

Sweyts',)
posted: 10:32 pm
Hade the People`s team......`Allah' shall send them to hell! lol! lol!
Anonymous
posted: 10:34 pm
truth hurts. makurtjana wabemrhenu.
Anonymous
posted: 10:36 pm
khoza fc will lose 2morow and pie-rats fans will blame mbele yho! gert and mthembu will be warming the bench once again! and they will be playing with two defensive midfielders....with no striker! (mbuyane is not a striker) and stil expect to score.hahaha whateva krol is smoking is not gud 4 his team... yho let me sleep b4 pie-rats fans lyk tivani(soccer critic)kill me..lol
Anonymous
posted: 10:38 pm
Chimps have done it again, robbing another team, sies.

Amazingly the idiots r celebrating...!!!
Anonymous
posted: 10:44 pm
Ngcobo said it earlier today that S.A soccer is dirty, need i say more...!!!
Anonymous
posted: 10:44 pm
What is it with chips and santos, first it was that moron arthur zwane handling a ball on the line and today it is this sweswe. Well you should be ashamed of this incident if you are a normal person,but what can you expect from this holigans.
Anonymous
posted: 10:46 pm
well said mash...!!!
Anonymous
posted: 10:47 pm
What is it with chips and santos, first it was that moron arthur zwane handling a ball on the line and today it is this sweswe. Well you should be ashamed of this incidents if you are a normal person,but what can you expect from this hooligans.
Sweyts',)
posted: 10:48 pm
Ncobo: Football is dirty
Posted: 2009-11-20 14:20

Ace has just been vindicated....... Harry Leketlane must be investigated...... Either he got cash or a season`s free funeral policy from .....Ch..Cheap .....Hollard! Lol! lol!

Wonder....You seem surprised?.... You should know by now it`s second nature to them.....

You can`t celebrate a shameful experience and expect to be taken seriously, It`s only a handful who`ve played i-diski(and shone) amongst ley`wengu ezithuka abantu ezingabazi.

By the way, this ref would`nt have made it hone ekas`lam..... together with his assistants and the corruptee(s). lol!
Anonymous
posted: 10:51 pm
@Wonder, if we done it again why r u amazed? Don't contradict yourself bra!
Did u see France's goal? It's worse than anything else you can imagine! Our refs are not that bad man.lol..loler..lolest!
Anonymous
posted: 10:57 pm
Majority of cheaps supporters behave like chimps, just check out that cruel moron, the idiot never makes any sense...!!!
Anonymous
posted: 10:57 pm
Ya neh... What a game. Reminds me of Henry's saga. Is Henry's story a "crime"? Yes to the opponents it is but the referee had to use his discretion. So, in tonight's game the referee used his discretion. We won... Case closed.
Anonymous
posted: 11:00 pm

Maswazi

We call it PAYBACK-TIME. Think back and remember all those penalties that were wrongly awarded against us in the first half of the season, the ones that were supposed to be awarded for us but never were. I think these refs still owe us about three more goals and two red cards and three more goals that they must still deny against us!
For a change we also feel like saying "the ref did a good job" lol... Loller....lolest.....

So said one Baks

I echo your sentiments. What happened was poetic justice indeed. Shapa Makhosi Shapa!
Anonymous
posted: 11:04 pm
In Europe France ar losing lots fans 4cheat while in South Africa Chiefs z gaining a lot for same as wht France and Henry ar losing it 4, wht a shameful mob Chiefs are!!
Anonymous
posted: 11:14 pm
Though i am a Sundowns fan, but i must admit, that Letsholonyane boy though he's ugly but he still has a lot to offer to both BB and KFC (chiefs) with every game he plays he show the sign of improvement. The Sky Is The Limit.
Anonymous
posted: 11:16 pm
One thing for sure is that this goons will never win a league.CHEATS!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 11:28 pm
the days of Abdul Bhamjee are back.
Anonymous
posted: 11:31 pm
As a Khosi 4 life, I will celebrate the win especially that it puts us above Pie Rats and Sunflower.

Shapa Khosi Shapa.
(The truth is that the referee made a blunder by robbing Santos an equaliser)
Anonymous
posted: 12:40 am
Lezi ngeke ziphnde ziyeke ukugwaza,MNX!
Anonymous
posted: 04:33 am
Ace resigned because of games like this. The ref points to the spot,then bizairely changes his mind! Match fixed? I will not celebrate getting this 3points. It happened in the same week Thiery Henry handed Galas a goal! Pathetic football. I'm still Khosi4LIFE!
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