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Chiefs beat Sundowns 1-0

Posted: 8 January 2011 Time: 17:34

Kaizer Chiefs blew the title race wide open with a 1-0 win over log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Kaizer Motaung Jnr scored his first goal since December 2009 to hand the Amakhosi the win, which closes the gap between them and the Brazilians to just a single point.

The first half was a major disappointment, with neither side able to get going. The midfield was heavily congested, forcing both sides to play the long ball or work the flanks, neither of which worked effectively.

Tinashe Nengomasha had a shot on the half hour mark. He stormed forward from a deep position, exchanging passes along the way, but his eventual effort almost went out for a throw-in.

Sundowns were arguably the better team, but in the absence of the suspended Katlego Mphela they fielded Mabhuti Khenyeza as a lone striker.

The stocky forward worked hard but his tendency to drift into wide positions to pick up the ball was counterproductive to the Brazilians’ attack.

The only genuine save of the first half saw Itumeleng Khune punch away a Franklin Cale effort from a free-kick in the 34th minute.

Chiefs came to life soon after and it was no surprise that Knowledge Musona was at the heart of it, very nearly scoring a terrific chip in the 38th minute, but his effort travelled just over Wayne Sandilands’ crossbar.

Just before the break Cale had another free-kick, but the ball was blocked by Siphiwe Tshabalala in the 18-yard area.

Tshabalala used his arm to stop the shot and a penalty should have been given. Neither referee Lwandile Mfiki nor his assistant close to the action on the sideline spotted the offence.

The second half was much more entertaining.

12 minutes into the second half, Tshabalala floated in a cross from the left flank and Kaizer Motaung Jnr beat Method Mwanjale at the far post to the ball and powered a header past Sandilands.

Sundowns very nearly drew level just two minutes later, but Cale was denied by an excellent save from Khune.

The Brazilians reacted by introducing Nyasha Mushekwi and Richard Henyekane, but even with all three available strikers on the pitch they were unable to bring themselves level.

Sandilands made a couple of crucial saves in the final few minutes as the home team began to exploit the inevitable space left behind by a team pushing forward for an equaliser.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 10:03 am
being a sportsman means u must give credit when its due. Yday's game u gotta giv credit to chiefs. Sundowns' game plan was to play them out of the game, remember the tackle on tau? Bt chiefs still came out with three points. Chiefs has 26 points nw do u want to tell me dat they got thoz points from beating pirates, ssu and sundowns only?
Anonymous
posted: 10:24 am
chiefs stop claiming you the best team in africa with nothing to show for that. Come on. Infect you can't even claim you the best in the psl just because you beat pirates and sundowns. Ssu have been dominating the ppl and they haven't been talking as much as you. Lets be real, you are just enjoying a good run of form no more than that.
Anonymous
posted: 10:26 am
c. Congratulations to chiefs bt as for our coach, Habashwe i am beginning to doubt his coaching abilities. Taking nothing away from chiefs who came strongly in the second half, i personally think our first unnecessary substitution changed the complexion of the game. I mean how do you sunsitute an effective player, Ngubane with an injured player Mkhwanazi? That boy's hand was injured. You could see when he pass the ball plus he avoided contact on many ocassions. Shud Habashwe falter against Maritzburg United, he's as good as gone.
Anonymous
posted: 10:27 am
king i admire ur knowledge when it comes to soca bt at times i must say u go over board. Ur hatred for chiefs is ur weakness therefor u lose ma respect. Im nt saying dat they r the best in africa bt u gotta admit that they doing well this season more dan d previous one hence the fans already dream of winning the league. Yes they lost to vasco, ffs, santos bt where r they nw on the log standings? Wat was ur team pirates doing at that time winning? I dnt think so. Chiefs is doing well dis season hence we always happy. We hav won a trophy beating ur team 3- 1, we beat ur team again in the league 3-0, we beat champions ssu, we beat sundowns. These r the teams dat always giv us hard tyms remember dat. We r only one point behind the log leaders. We r happy bcoz so far dis season we the best in sa. King bra, live ma team alone pls
Anonymous
posted: 10:58 am
Thank you Makhosi for Chrismas Presant which is Pirates! And thank for starting a year with Sunlight.
Anonymous
posted: 11:50 am
I'm gona say it again, Sunclowns will hv an empty season! Chiefs will b league champions. You know how it goes, there r teams that occupy the no1 spot in 1st leg of the season but come the end of the season languish somewhere in the no5,6 and Sunclowns is one those teams! Khosi 4 lyf!
Anonymous
posted: 12:09 pm
I must say that everytime before I comment in here I am just suprised by some people of which King is leading the sheet. 1 Chiefs have played 13 games won 8, and yet people say we can ONLY BEAT PIRATES, SUNDOWNS+SSU, can someone explain to me where did the other 5 wins come from?
Anonymous
posted: 01:34 pm
I m a Khosi 4 life,but thanx 2 Mr Ref,Shabba handled the ball and no penalty was awarded,we actually robbed Downs this time.
Anonymous
posted: 02:23 pm
This King Kong Mthombomela guy is a disgrace to OP fans. There's nothing sensible he says on any topic. I personally think Sundowns coach recognizes the strength of KC and didn't want to challenge KC on their strength (midfield). Remember what Steve Kompela said about Chiefs that, for you to beat Chiefs, it's either you beat them at their own game or you stop them from playing. He did that and they succeeded. Judging by the first half, MS succeeded in not making Chiefs play but after conceding a goal, they changed the plan and opened up and that's when Chiefs became even more dangerous. Should MS have scored first, Chiefs was not gonna come back cos it was hard to penetrate that Sundowns defense. Anyway, log standings look good for top teams
kgole ya setlhako
posted: 09:20 pm
hei go jewa batho mane....shaaaaapa lekhosi
mduduzie
posted: 07:50 am
This is just a formality/just keepin a promis... I told u all tht I'll b sittin on this chair on this day congradulatin the Mighty Amakhosi & now suck*rs I'm doin just that... We breathn ryt on ur necks Sunflops... Can u feel the heat?
Anonymous
posted: 09:20 am
Well done to my team but yerrrr i cudve killed Masango, dont understand why he had 2 replace Josta but yeses he's selfish..i mean really NX

Khois for life
Lacoste_AM-A-Khosi
posted: 09:21 am
Khune is really starting to act childish, we don't want Etafia at Chiefs. Management needs to do something about this. He is a good keeper but with an attitude like that, he's not gonna go anywhere. Thanks to Tau for calming the situation.

As fo VV replacing Dladla, I have no idea y but then again I'm not the coach. Masango needs to come to the party, he is a very skilled player with age on his side but he is very selfish and so full of himself. Punch, what can I say, you played very well. With performances like that, you are guaranteed a Bafana Call up.
Lacoste_AM-A-Khosi
posted: 09:37 am
I like Musona and Motaung combination. That kgomo Ngcobo is not a good partner to Musona.
Makhosi a matle, lets give Jnr a chance. The booing is not gonna do anything for us but destroy our team's morale. He plays way better than Ngcobo.
Anonymous
posted: 04:01 pm
motlokoa... you are disgusting sir. Did you watch this game with all your faculties in good order? I know. The alleged penalty was as a result of a "free kick" which was not there in the first place. That was poetic justice at its best form. Secondly, what are you saying about the denied penalty for Khosi when Shabba was brought down? No you did not see it i suspect, because you watch selectively just like all your mayopic friends and haters. Now you are all desperate and cluching the straws...damnit!!! Again and yet again Khosi has emerged.

Sika Bopha
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