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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...

Anonymous
posted: 10:52 am
mayweather 11-21 10:40 [Report] WELL SAID MF2..
Gucci Man
posted: 11:20 am
Haters, haters, haters & haters wara wara

3 Points to Naturena , Cruel & Lil witchy ……you guys ROCK !!!

When we lose these clowns always talk and when we get 3 points they still talk rubbish

My Blood is Gold and Black
Gucci Man
posted: 11:25 am
mayweather: 2009-11-21 10:49 [ Report ]

I saw him crying but I thought they were "tears of joy"

I hope everything is fine and the coach didn't say anything bad to this boy....

Gucci Man
posted: 11:40 am
We played very well and we deserve the3 points , just a quick one : Simphiwe Tshabalala I’m sorry my boy but I didn’t see you last night , you need to work harder , Please don’t be like that player(Mcdonald Shield) from Hlala-kwabafileyo . Pull up your socks boy !!

Hallaaaa to the KHOSI FAMILY.....

kiri "Dankie ha-ngwe"

"Dankie habedi"

"DANKIE HARARU "

my blood is Gold & Black

Anonymous
posted: 12:24 pm
Chiefs's supporters you are again exposing urselves for who ureally r. What's up with the swearing now? The goal was legit bt the linesman didnt pick it up, it's part of football. Look what happened to Ireland against France. So, stop praising ur team as if they deserve the three points. Just be happy with the points and shut up!
Anonymous
posted: 12:32 pm
I am a K.Chiefs supporter but i do not condone cheating i will not be happy if we win the league through bribing refs especially since this A.Ncobo saga its quite obvious that bribery is still on the high in the PSL and i belive that Ncobo knows something about Pirates that is why he targeted them. Pls Mr Kaizer dont turn us into cheats.
Anonymous
posted: 03:02 pm
I'm a Chiefs supporter and I think that the Santos goal was legitimate.Its just the same with the France goal, the ref and his assistant didn't see it.
Swona Champ!
posted: 05:13 pm
chiefs at it again
Anonymous
posted: 06:01 pm
check the SAFA website..www.safa.net, it has been hacked!!! 200 days before the worldcup
Anonymous
posted: 12:30 am
Only one team is benefiting from Ref's errors and santos r victim again.
THABO MAKGALE
posted: 07:31 am
controversy, wait u havnt seen it, wait 4 next week wednesday
Anonymous
posted: 12:20 pm
even these PIERATS THEY WIIL NEVER WIN THE LEGAEU THEY TALK 2 MUCH
Anonymous
posted: 08:10 am
Dennies

The linesman is right, u cant blame him for saying 'GA KEA BONA SEPE". Because thats y his flag was down, if the linesman does not see any fault his flag will always be down. The problem is with the ref, he was not sure of his decision because the linesman's flag was down. After the ref ran to linesman, what was going to happen if the lineman said its a penalty but his flag is down. Lets accept the ref made a mistake, anyway well done to KC for 3 points
Anonymous
posted: 08:29 am
mayweather: 2009-11-21 10:41

I was going to say like wise as well and you have just sum it up for every one

THERE WAS NO CHEATING FROM CHIEFS SIDE, JUST A MISTAKE FROM THE REFREE AND HIS LINEMAN
NZOTHO
posted: 04:05 pm
THIEVES AMAKHOSIKAZI HOW MUCH ARE YOU PAYING THE REFS?THIS IS NOT THE 1st TIME REFS HAVE ROBBED SANTOS YET YOU LOUDMOUTHS YOU STILL CONDONE THIS ROBBERY
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