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Kaizer Chiefs win, Mpumalanga Black Aces relegated

Posted: 16 April 2011 Time: 22:21

Jimmy Tau again scored his second vital goal of the Premiership season as ten-man Kaizer Chiefs defeated Mpumalanga Black Aces 2-0 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday night.

The other goal was scored by Knowledge Musona. Chiefs played with 10-men in the second half when Valery Nahayo was sent off.

The result is an important one at both ends of the log. Amakhosi have moved into second place on goal difference and are very much in the title race, while Aces are now sure to finish bottom of the standings and their relegation has been mathematically confirmed.

Chiefs started brightly and almost took the lead in the third minute – Knowledge Musona helped a cross toward goal and Denis Onyango needed to make a sharp reaction save to keep the ball out of the net.

The Aces goalkeeper was called on to make a couple more saves in the opening minutes, denying Abia Nale and Punch Masenamela, while Mthokozisi Yende hit a thunderous drive just over the crossbar in the 17th minute.

After weathering the early storm, AmaZayoni looked relatively comfortable in defence. Chiefs certainly dominated the midfield battle and enjoyed a far greater share of the possession, but they were unable to create the kind of attacking opportunities that they did in the first quarter hour or so.

Aces created only one chance in the first half, but it was a good one – striker Mpho Maleka sprinted free down the right of the penalty area and struck a low shot on target that called Itumeleng Khune into action for the first time.

After a goalless first 45 minutes, Chiefs opted to reinforce their attacking options by introducing striker Sthembiso Ngcobo in place of Yende at the start of the second half, and left-winger George Lebese in place of Nale ten minutes later.

On the hour mark Onyango again frustrated the Chiefs supporters who had made the trip north to Polokwane, punching away a fierce shot from Musona as the Soweto side began to up the pressure on their opponents.

However, on 65 minutes they were reduced to ten men. Maleka threatened to sprint free on goal and central defender Valery Nahayo blatantly hauled down the Aces striker. As it was a clear and cynical denial of a goal scoring opportunity, referee Robert Sithole had no choice but to show Nahayo a straight red card.

Yet despite going a man down, Chiefs broke the deadlock in the 73rd minute. A slip from Fabian McCarthy in the penalty area allowed Jimmy Tau to square a pass for Lebese; Onyango denied the winger from close range but the ball fell kindly for Tau, who stroked it home to make it 1-0.

The Amakhosi’s lead was almost very short lived – just three minutes after Tau’s goal, Maleka was handed a one-on-one scoring chance but Khune made a brave block at the attacker’s feet to keep his team’s advantage intact.

After Lebese had almost doubled Chiefs’ advantage – hitting the post after brilliantly rounding Onyango – it was Musona who made sure of the win for the Soweto giants in the second minute of injury time, using his skill and speed to skin Warren Bishop before beating Onyango with an angled shot.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 11:02 pm
This is by far the cruelest psl season. Any of the top four can win it to the heartbreak of the other three. I hope Kaizer Chiefs will be the one causing the heart ache. Let the games continue.

Shaaaaaapa Khosiiiiiiiii Shaaaaaapa
posted: 11:02 pm
the red card u praisn will hunt u...jah neh chimps fans a retards ... Da last thng u need against dows is 2 mess wth yoo defence...will see

i forsee trouble

i feel 4 chimps n dat it is a fact!!!

Na xichava xihluku xa ntlangu wa bolo...
posted: 11:05 pm
A red card was good in 2 ways, it denied Maleka a goal & We are Vodacom, we are Red-hot. Tbone-Touch put a sock in it & go drink, Chiefs won & it must be sore for you.
posted: 11:13 pm
Nah we refusd 2 b foold by 2 wins against 2 lower teams...i mean gyz mpumalanga ar already a 1st division club
posted: 11:14 pm
I luv de way we won n de way we broke Chibuku FC fans. Afta de red card most them thot they were home n dry. The least dey expected was a draw. Just lyk in the SSU game most of them were still hoping 4 Aces 2 cause a last minute upset. Most of dem must have fainted wen Musona put matters beyond doubt. Gud luck 2 Plat Stars 2moro.
posted: 11:15 pm
The big boss is Nahayo, he chose to die with a red axe to save his coach and his team mates. If it wasnt for him someone was going to catch an early flight on monday morning. You know the fans are crazy. Shaya khosi shaya.
posted: 11:18 pm
It's surprising how a team that is said to have depth is still competing with a so-called average team for the lig with only three games 2 go.
posted: 11:20 pm
Tau reminds me of the time he used to score for the team I will not name. He is a leader of note. Great performance overall by the team and technical teams subs were on point. With or without Shaba we win. Am glad we won, haters have this advantage over us, they can kiss our asses and we can't.

Shapa Khosi Shapa
posted: 11:20 pm
Musona X1 r 4gtng dt deir team being on form is gud 4 The Mighty Galaxy as we need them to beat Ajax & draw wt 'Downs or jst play draws wt both...

Dt's y am nt amused by Nahayo's red card, I need a full strength Chimps team going 4wd in order to get those two draws esp da 1 against Ajax, adawyz da title z going to CT...

Bucs will be bck on top @ 17H30 tomorrow, watch dis space...
posted: 11:20 pm
Lol nw TZOZO u knw wt ppl thnk...u ar a master@reading minds neh...cmn man evry tym jo team ply u thnk abt Pirates fans...we knw tht we Pirates fans ar good ppl bt u dnt hv 2 b obsessd wit us...we dnt lyk u boi...u ar an ashole!
posted: 11:46 pm
pirates is likely 2 play a draw 2moro, lose to SSU nd draw wit santos in cape town..so ajax has the edge, downs nd chiefs hv their destiny in their own hands.
posted: 11:58 pm
Lol i realy like it whn Chips fans prophet the games for Pirates...top of the log 2moro nyt nd end of may...broken hearts Chips fans
posted: 12:00 am
Chiefs wil suprise al ppl. Nd pirates wil loose 1-0 2mr. Nd thr histry wil end 2mrw. Bucks coach whl change peach shirt aftr dispntd. Pirates wil loose all games i mean it. Shapha khosi shapha
posted: 12:17 am
Sum ppl write on dis blog nje bcoz dey cn...

Bavele basuze ngomlomo, no logic/sense in wt dey write...
posted: 12:20 am
Where is the league heading? Answer: Naturena........Sorry to Aces, but it was clear from the onset, I have never seen a team have more than 5 coaches in 1 season, over 40 new signings (plus loaned plyrs), and firing 17 of its old players!
This must be a lesson to other team management going forward
posted: 01:06 am
Well done makhosi let us win 5 games in a row this time!
posted: 05:17 am
With nahayo out I can safely say Chiefs stands a good chance of winning the league. Shapa Jimmy's ship shapa
posted: 06:06 am
The nappy(napkin) people r very scared. The league is going 2 Naturena n not Mayfai(fool)r.
posted: 06:07 am
cmon Musona. Show dem
posted: 06:34 am
Thanks for well writen article.
Good luck to Chiefs all the way to the end of the season!
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