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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: 11:48 am
Well done Nahayo with a good red card. The battle is between Chiefs and Ajax The table will look like this on the 7th May and after beating Ajax we top the table for good.
posted: 12:38 pm
They won against Aces, so what, whats the issue.

when we destroyed Swallows in previos weeks, people where saying, we bullied a religation zone team.

So all of a sudden, its special to beat religation zone teams, Chiefs fans will remain hypocrits fro ever.

Now watch how i am going to reclaim the top spot position against Platinum stars. We are going all out, attack football waya waya. Mabalane+Segolela= 2000kw.
posted: 02:03 pm
We are now going to turn our attention to Borotho Fc in the Nedbank cup, after we are done with them, we target our next daily bread in Sunclowns. The bakery will deliver another 3 points to Naturena. Let the ggames continue.
posted: 05:07 pm
Can we have an update on THE GALAXI OF STARS, the have destroyed Dinaledi.

Chiefs ambitions favours Pirates, as they beat Sundowns we rejoice, As they beat Ajax we rejoice.

Thina sibelesele ngoku Wina, The dutch master tectician
posted: 08:10 pm
this yoyo fc team, i mean chips, today dey r no 2 next day no 3 and after 3days no 4, what a shame makhosikazi!
posted: 07:47 am
Thats what u get from running a team like a spaza shop,Aces must get their house in order for next season and myb things will turn around for the better!
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