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Chiefs beat Free State Stars in Telkom Knockout

Posted: 6 November 2010 Time: 17:26

Kaizer Chiefs beat Free State Stars 2-0 to make it through to the Telkom Knockout Cup semi-finals at the Rand Stadium on Saturday.

The defending champions left it quite late, with Sthembiso Ngcobo scoring against his former club 15 minutes from time, and Knowledge Musona doubling the lead in the 82nd minute.

Stars made a good start to the match, winning a couple of corner kicks and generally forcing the home team onto the back foot in the early minutes. Chiefs, though, soon got their passing game going and their movement and fluid interchanging of positions looked very promising.

The first shot in anger arrived in the 15th minute, with free-kick specialist Siphiwe Tshabalala – returning to Chiefs’ starting line-up for the first time since their MTN8 Cup sem-ifinal second leg against Orlando Pirates in late September – whipping a shot from a dead-ball situation over the crossbar.

Stars replied immediately with a well-crafted attack that saw them have a strong penalty appeal turned down by referee Victor Hlungwani. Valery Nahayo appeared to pull back Ea Lla Koto striker Aleni Lebyane inside the 18-yard area but the referee was uninterested in the visiting side’s appeals.

On 23 minutes Jimmy Tau played Abia Nale in behind the Stars defence with a perfectly weighted pass and the attacker attempted to stab home a left-footed effort from a tight angle, but goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene made a good block to deny the hosts.

The remainder of the first half saw the sides wrestling for control of the game but there was no further goalmouth action of any note, leaving the encounter locked at 0-0 heading into the half-time break.

The opening minutes of the second half saw an immediate improvement in attacking play, with Stars twice coming close to breaking the deadlock. Matome Madimabe produced a good finger-tip save from Arthur Bartman with a long range drive, and from the resulting corner kick a looping header at the back post struck the top of the crossbar.

Ea Lla Koto continued to pressure Chiefs and on 52 minutes Bartman was again called into significant action, punching away a wicked free-kick from Noah Chivuta that needed just the slightest deflection to find the back of the net.

Four minutes later it was Chiefs’ turn to threaten a goal, with Musona seeing his goal-bound lob over Mweene headed away from the danger zone by Danny Mbo. Reneilwe Letsholonyane then fired a long range shot just wide of the target.

Just before the hour mark Bartman made a superb reaction save to keep his side on level terms, blocking a fearsome first-time volley from Paulus Masehe after another good set-piece delivery from Chivuta.

The match seemed destined for extra time until the 76th minute when a lack of concentration at the back cost Stars dear. They allowed Mandla Masango to run free down the right and pick out a cross to Ngcobo at the far post – the former Ea Lla Koto player easily tucked home the ball for his first official goal for Kaizer Chiefs.

Four minutes later the Amakhosi should have doubled their advantage after Tshabalala had set Musona free, but the young Zimbabwean saw his fierce drive crash into the upright and rebound away to safety.

Yet Musona’s frustration was short lived, as he duly made it 2-0 in the 82nd minute with a glancing header from Tshabalala’s free-kick on the right flank.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 07:20 pm
pirate fools must stop rushing the 13th coz they will cry on that day. The setpiece Specialist(Shaba) is back again, kukhona abashaywa uvalo. SHAPA KHOSI SHAPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
posted: 07:23 pm
Then homeboy chiefs team must be a national team?ok! Guyz now bafana bafana is kaizer chiefs,ha ha ha in ur wet dreamz along masechaba,ha ha ha.SHAKIRAH LOVE TEKO AND PIRATES.
posted: 07:26 pm
da cup belongs to naturena. khozi by birth
posted: 07:27 pm
next better team with better ideas
posted: 07:36 pm
shappa Makhosi shapppppppaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
posted: 08:56 pm
they say we dont have quality players!!!! They say musona is average and overated!.....they say we r this and that!!!!.......but honestly we dont give a damn!!!!!!........this is our fourth win in a raw!!....haters lyk stonza ,king and swona wer saying we r going to lose....king also claims that we will fire our coach!!!!....lets me remind our haters that we are the defending champions of this cup!!!!..........
Man lie woman lie numbers dont amakhosi all day everyday all we do is win we r allergic to losing!!!!!
posted: 09:27 pm
Re tlo le tsipa makhosikazi. Ichu Pirates wa nthungela. Carrots will served on the 13th just like cabbages were the other day. Tsipa tse ntsho tsipa like Motlokoa would say.
posted: 09:54 pm
im happy pistol fc is winning! We want them in the semis!!! They owe us big time
posted: 10:26 pm
for three quotas of the game we played kak, we really need to be able up the tempo if we gonna be challenging teams in this tournament and the league..but none the less we won anyway..jambo was the weakest link for me today, he wasn't himself..masango lacks hunger like the one he had when he hammered sunkops.
posted: 11:54 pm
Truth be told Chiefs doesnot play the kind of soccer you would wanna pay your 50 bucks to wacth atleast bona unlike other teams even on their WORSTE DAYS they win...well Champions do that. Good luck to them in the semis...I think we should get Pirates Sundowns Semis so that they ca settle this score they have...then go to the final with an advantage...
posted: 01:36 am
I can c tht a lot u matawa r startin to drink without eatin hence ur half minds r afected by wishin to draw us for the semis,bcareful for wht u wish for bcos ur sorry azzes wil be tsipad,re tlo le tsipa hore le hlanye,

Infact re tlo le thonkgela mola moo re shemotseng teng ka Mtn8,ichuuuuuuuuu,wa nthonkgela,,,ke etsa ka bomo bcos le bua too much,

Tsipa tse ntsho tsipa,,,,ka botsho mabakabaka,,
posted: 02:00 am
what I like is that even Chiefs fans see that their team plays uthuvu, they even get suprised when they end up winning, anyway congrts and goodluck on your next match you lucky bastards!!!
posted: 05:38 am
even chiefs get suprised wen they win'.... We amakhosi fans dont get suprised wen win!!!...we have won 4 games in a raw! r u trying to say every time we win we get 'suprised'? Lmao wat u smoked before posting that comment must be strong very strong!!!!!!!....that u even start to think that u know wats on our mind!!!! Wow! Take it easy on that tik dude it aint good for your health!
posted: 07:21 am
I'm happy chiefs won. I wish we can avoid each other (Pirates & chiefs) until we meet in the final. That will be dream final. I wonder who between us can take care of Sundowns as they are also doing well these days. Telkom knck out, ZZzzziwa Mmmmore!!!
Swona Champ!
posted: 09:19 am
Barcelona4eva : 2010-11-06 18:52

It's retribution time now.i pray and hope that we get pirates 4 semis.they owe us 4 mtn 8 semi.plz ppl, gi ve me pirates.

becareful of what you ask for, or you dont want kaizer cabbage to play in the final?
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 11:05 am
He he he he!!! Bawinile bo Jazabel. Congrads! Pray you that you are not drawn against Buc$elona or else amaKlabishi will fly all over the place and you will be out of TKO.
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 11:09 am
I was surprised when I heard aboJazabel bawinile. I asked, were there any controvetial decisions in favour of the Kaizer Cabbages. From the match report above, stars was denied a legitimate penalty. I expected abo Jazabel to struggle in this game and they did struggle according to the match report.
posted: 07:18 pm
posted: 06:00 pm
if you are a soccer lover and you did play soccer b4 you will follow my words, win its a win no matter how.chiefs dae play but not so i am amakhosi suporter. pirats thy play but after long time please ppl understand soccer, yes mabakabaka dae are in high fom now; i cant say dae are not bcos i am khosi suporter no but we well c at the end.
posted: 06:02 pm
i wish this, pirats vs chiefs telkom final thnx
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