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Kaizer Chiefs beat Santos to reach Telkom Knockout Cup Final

Posted: 20 November 2010 Time: 22:55

Knowledge Musona’s extra-time strike has sealed a Telkom Knockout Final place for Kaizer Chiefs.

Amakhosi needed some luck as Tshepo Motsoeneng, in the Santos goal, dropped a cross by Siphiwe Tshabalala and Musona, who scored a brace against nemesis Orlando Pirates the previous weekend, proved once again that he is the man for the big occasion – this time in Polokwane at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Amakhosi will feel this was well-deserved, though, as they dominated the better part of the match. It was as early as the fifth minute when Reneilwe Letsholonyane’s shot set the tone for Chiefs’ attacking nature throughout the match. Yeye’s shot was saved by Motsoeneng, who continued to frustrate the Chiefs forwards.

None more so than Sthembiso Ngcobo, who tried a Diego Maradona in the 13th minute when his attempt with his hand went off wide, but referee Harry Lekitlane had spotted Ngcobo’s antics and brandished a yellow card.

Amakhosi fans then vented their anger at Ngcobo, who they wanted out towards the end of the first stanza, but it did little, if anything at all, to help Ngcobo’s confidence as the resolute Santos stood firm and it was still goalless at the interval.

Chiefs started off where they left off in the first half continuing to pile pressure on the helpless Santos side. As early as the 46th minute Mogogi Gabonamong deflected Musona’s cross for a corner, but Chiefs couldn’t capitalise.

Seconds later Letsholonyane hesitated in the box when he could have taken a shot allowing the Santos defence time and space to recover and dispossessed him. Sensing danger Santos boss Boebie Solomons took off an ineffectual Boitumelo Mafoko to try to stabilize the midfield, but the move didn’t deter Chiefs as they went on the offensive.

However, Thomas Sweswe’s miscued shot in the 55th minute could have undone all Chiefs’ attacks. Itumeleng Khune, who once again kept a clean sheet, saved Sweswe’s blushes with a tip over the bar for a corner, but that’s as far as Santos came close.

Siphiwe Tshabalala took the fight back to Santos with a powerful shot that hit the side netting in the 59th minute with the entire stadium on its feet. However, since the hour mark chances were few and far in between and it wasn’t until the 87th minute when Musona missed a sitter. Tshabalala put in a great cross from wide on the left, but Musona steered his effort wide, but the flag for offside was already up and it couldn’t have counted anyway.

The match then went into extra time and Musona, for the umpteenth time, was inches close to drawing first blood, but his right-footed attempt, went wide the upright in the 101th minute.

Musona, though, was not to be denied. In the 116th minute Motsoeneng’s blunder undid Santos’ impressive defensive work when Musona latched on the loose ball and tapped in to ensure Chiefs will have the opportunity to defend the title they won last season.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 11:30 pm
Once again... They did one more time to face either Amabhakabha or The Team Of Choice... Oh! Loh! Loh!
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 11:30 pm
It ia gud that Chiefs won. Teams like Santos are killing football. How on earth can they entice Cape Town people away from rugby when they play such Kak ? No wonder they play in fron of empty stands week in and week out.
Anonymous
posted: 11:32 pm
Khosification, it doesn't matter how we did it, fact is we did it and we are in the final. I love Chiefs
zimbo1
posted: 11:34 pm
santos a hard nut to crack and it needed a genius, ooh allow me to declare him unfit for our psl shapa makhosi
Anonymous
posted: 11:35 pm
GUYS IT FEELS GOOD TO BE IN THIS FAMILY OF BLACK N WHITE A SIGN OF VICTORY.
Anonymous
posted: 11:36 pm
Santos applied the same crap against Pirates in the mtn8.
Bobby solo-ya-matekwane this crapy game plan is nt working.
zimbo1
posted: 11:36 pm
mr educated editoer where is khune s yellow card i nid it now no favours thats substandard
Anonymous
posted: 11:41 pm
Tshepo Motsweneng told lesedi fm listeners that Musona will never score even single goal against him.
Too much yada yada yada.
Who's the next donki?
Anonymous
posted: 11:46 pm
musona is de man to save chiefs this season with his knowledge of soccer.
Anonymous
posted: 11:51 pm
Indeed santos entered amakhosi at own risk. Go jewa motho
Tza
posted: 12:07 am
the lucky mugabe boy at a lucky tym&place punished santos, bad luck to santos. santos defended the whole game and their game approche was very boring
Anonymous
posted: 12:11 am
We can only shout, NEXT!!! With a warning, "RICH FINAL AT OWN RISK"
Anonymous
posted: 12:18 am
Chiefs can play really guys, they mite not score lot goals to support their dominance but haa ha ha ha this team can play. Shapa Khosi shapa! Whose next now we are waiting. Khosi by Birth
Anonymous
posted: 12:53 am
hate them at your own peril..nizolala kabuhlungu ngalenzondo yenu whereas we Khosi clan will be dreaming the Telkom medals.
Anonymous
posted: 03:02 am
ya utshayi gooly njeng gooly siyakubongela ntwana yase khaya u mk us proud wchng u many more
Anonymous
posted: 06:05 am
I'm very disappointed they way our south african teams play,those are the other things that keep supporters away from the games.I don't support kaizer chiefs but santos deserve to loose,you cannot defend for 120min,what kind of a football are you showing us,very disappointing game from the santos side.Poor football Bobie try to improve our football,we want to go to the stadiums and enjoy football not defensive football with no direction.
Anonymous
posted: 07:01 am
all psl trophies: Congrats my friend. Musona is deadly. Only one team will stop Chiefs and that is Sundowns. I am disappointed that our league encounter is next year. Siem pls bring forth this league game we dont want them when they are cold.
Anonymous
posted: 07:38 am
Tshabalala made that goal...beat two defenders and crossed a decent ball, i think credit should go to him. Santos isn't improving the South African brand of football by playing so defensive in a cup tie, they deserve to loose, only graham king was pushing foward
Anonymous
posted: 07:40 am
I hate chiefs fans(gays):
don't wory my friend chipz will still b hot when u meat them nxt year.
I hav identified few strikers in that sunkop team which can partner Musona and Mahamutsa upfront.
Anonymous
posted: 07:43 am
ha ha ha you make me laugh. I hope Mere is not one of them(lol)
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