Dlamini strike shocks Chiefs
Posted: 6 February 2010 Time: 17:49
Siza Dlamini’s last-minute goal has saved Jomo Cosmos from defeat at the hands of Kaizer Chiefs in a match played at the Loftus Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The game finished 2-2, but it was Amakhosi who dominated the relegation-threatened side for the better part of the first half.
Zimbabwean striker Knowledge Musona came close to giving his side a lead in the 16th minute, but his free-kick from just outside the box came off the crossbar.
But it wasn’t long before the Phefeni Glamour Boys were ahead. Musona beat an offside trap and calmly controlled the ball to beat Avril Phali to his left.
Chiefs continued to pile on the pressure on Ezenkosi and their former player Nkosinathi Nhleko could have added to their woes as they continue to battle relegation, but though chest-trapping the ball nicely in the box, his tame shot was easily saved by Phali, who was being kept very busy by the Chiefs frontrunners.
In stoppage time, however, a resurgent Cosmos pulled one back with a thunderous free-kick from outside the box. Thapelo Tshilo, who had received a yellow card earlier on, redeemed himself when smashing the ball past Arthur Bartman. It was 1-1 at the interval.
Desperate to evade the dreaded relegation axe, Cosmos coach Jomo Sono brought on Daniel Gaborone in place of an ineffective Thabiso Hlalele for the start of the second half.
However, it was Chiefs who appeared to have had the last laugh. Siphiwe Tshabalala received a good pass from Abia Nale in the 68th minute, who had made a good run into the box from the right. Tshabalala controlled and beat Phali to his left with a low powerful shot.
Shortly afterwards lighting struck, forcing referee Matthew Dyer to call the players off the pitch as it started drizzling.
Five minutes later the two teams were back in the field. Siza Dlamini replaced Keamogetswe Wolff as Cosmos tried to come back into the game.
Come back they did as Dlamini was the hero, scoring an equaliser in the last minute of regulation time. The Swazi international pounced on a loose ball after Tshilo had mistimed his header from a Bamuza Sono corner-kick.
The result is a big blow to Chiefs’ title hopes and certainly a boost to Cosmos’ fight to avoid relegation.