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Kaizer Chiefs are the Telkom Knockout Cup champions

Posted: 4 December 2010 Time: 22:14

Sthembiso Ngcobo was the hero as Kaizer Chiefs hammered Orlando Pirates 3-0 to win the Telkom Knockout on Saturday night at the FNB Stadium.

The former Free State Stars marksman warned sent an early warning to the jittery Pirates defence. It was as early as the second minute when Ngcobo broke free wide on the right and crossed and Bucs' sloppy defence allowed Josta Dladla space in the box to shoot, but his mistimed attempt went past the upright.

However, in the 11th minute Ngcobo was back in the picture and this time Bucs' defence was punished.

Moeneeb Josephs received a sloppy back pass from Robyn Johannes and dilly-dallied before trying to clear while slipping and the ball fell to Ngcobo on the edge of the box and the latter drew first blood with a low shot to put Amakhosi 1-0 ahead.

The error prone Bucs defence again almost gifted Amakhosi a second in the 27th minute, when Rooi Mahamutsa attempted to dribble in the box and lost possession, but Chiefs couldn't capitalize. To compound Pirates' woes Mahamutsa was booked for a foul on Knowledge Musona in Chiefs' own half, which infuriated the Bucs fans.

There was some hope for Bucs, though, when Happy Jele's powerful header appeared to beat Itumeleng Khune in the 38th minute, but ‘Spiderkid' produced an acrobatic save to deny Pirates. Josta Dladla, who was instrumental for Chiefs, showed he could match Jele's header on the stroke of halftime, but he too saw his attempt hit the roof of the net ending the first half 1-0 to Chiefs.

Siphiwe Tshabalala picked up where Chiefs left off when his shot in the 50th minute, from the left, was blocked by Jele for a corner.

Krol then gave in to Bucs fans' call for substitutions when he brought in Katlego Mashego in the 56th minute for an ineffectual Ezenwa Otorogu, who was up against the brilliant Chiefs defence, manned by Valery Nahayo, who was excellent and four minutes later Tlou Segolela entered the fray and Andile Jali was out.

Unsurprisingly, the Amakhosi fans were delighted with Krol's decision, perhaps a hint Krol had made the wrong move.

In the 64th minute Ngcobo justified his team's supporters mocking of Krol when his header beat Josephs from a Punch Masenamela cross and there was no way back for the Buccaneers.

Siphiwe Tshabalala hammered the final nail into Bucs' coffin smashing a shot from the left and the 91 727 fans, mostly draped in Chiefs colours, were up on their feet as they saluted their team's emphatic win.

Previous comments on this story...

Pirates is not 1 skipper team or Gayser Chiefs aka Family Business FC
posted: 11:11 pm
Krol is the worst coach to have coached Pirates.
Nzou
posted: 11:11 pm
@legend, i cant agree more with u, Pirates lacked structure from th word go, it was a game that was won by chiefs against the pirates technical bench. Who said Jali is an attacking midfielder, against heavyweights lyk Nengomasha and Yeye the boy can only wonder why he cant be as good as they r, Chansa and the out of sorts Teko would hav done a better job
Pirates is not 1 skipper team or Gayser Chiefs aka Family Business FC
posted: 11:12 pm
Krol has no idea of Mzansi soccer.
Anonymous
posted: 11:12 pm
@Masho'du r u blind bro,how vosible do u want us to be,,,u need to read all the posts before expose ur stupidity here,,i have said congrats to or maybe u want it to be special,,

Congrats mash potato,u r the TKO champ for now enjoy it baba,,,,am gona give u all the space u need from now onwards.

Ichuuuuuuuu.
Pirates is not 1 skipper team or Gayser Chiefs aka Family Business FC
posted: 11:13 pm
Krol should leave immediately. I am still saying this, if Krol does not leave we will finish in position 12, the worst since the formation of PSL.
Pirates is not 1 skipper team or Gayser Chiefs aka Family Business FC
posted: 11:14 pm
Krol, please don't forget to take the following players with you: Mbuyane; Mabalane; Lekgwathi; Mabena.
Pirates is not 1 skipper team or Gayser Chiefs aka Family Business FC
posted: 11:15 pm
The loss is like a dagger pierced through my heart.
Pirates is not 1 skipper team or Gayser Chiefs aka Family Business FC
posted: 11:16 pm
Please Mr. Chairman, please, listen to us, if this team is important to you, please realese Mr Krol amicably.
Anonymous
posted: 11:16 pm
I'm so with OP captains!!! Bayasithanda...
Pirates is not 1 skipper team or Gayser Chiefs aka Family Business FC
posted: 11:17 pm
Krol is stubborn and if you are stubborn you will never coach Pirates.
Fela
posted: 11:18 pm
Congratulations KC. I dont mind losing but losing this way is a shame from a team with a galaxy of stars, something has to give. I wasted my money going to the stadium to whach a no show from my team. OP did not pitch for this match, what a waste of my time. I will never go to the stadium as long as Krol is still the coach.
Nzou
posted: 11:19 pm
@legend, i cant agree more with u, Pirates lacked structure from th word go, it was a game that was won by chiefs against the pirates technical bench. Who said Jali is an attacking midfielder, against heavyweights lyk Nengomasha and Yeye the boy can only wonder why he cant be as good as they r, Chansa and the out of sorts Teko would hav done a better job
Pirates is not 1 skipper team or Gayser Chiefs aka Family Business FC
posted: 11:22 pm
When asked during the week that Pirates is predictable and if he is gonna change tactics he said no. Copy of 13th December line-up and subs. The same team lost 3-1. Does this guy Karolo plan or watch past DVD's? For haven sake Mabalane does not beat Punch, why continue forcing the situation. The isolation of a striker by continue favouring Mbuyane was evident. His subs are worst. How can you bring defensive miedifilder in the game loosing 3-0?
Pirates is not 1 skipper team or Gayser Chiefs aka Family Business FC
posted: 11:24 pm
Krol was apparently offered 25% of the Telkom winnings by Booby Monaung.
Pirates is not 1 skipper team or Gayser Chiefs aka Family Business FC
posted: 11:24 pm
Why Mbuyane always, why Mabalane always?
Anonymous
posted: 11:26 pm
This is painful; a team that spent millions buying "quality" is hummered 2c by a team that bought 1 "cow"! To make matters worse, the "cow" scores twice and contributes the third while the galaxy of "stars" fumble! And they have no coach, serious! How o u take Jali for Headless Tlou; worse, Manyisa for Klaite when u trailing 3-0! Hahahaha, what a circuis!
Anonymous
posted: 11:28 pm
krol ke moleko wa satane,three yrs but he doesnt knw what he is doing,,,,,,

Krol do us a favour and leave our team in peace before we gang up on u,,,

Am not a voilent person but if i was to meet krol now u na nyele straight,,,,this man hate bucs with passion,,,evrythin he does says so,,,,

Krol u ilo cha ko ha satane diheleng,,,,u moleko wa dilase wena semaumau.
Anonymous
posted: 11:31 pm
krol must b excussed of hs duties as th orlando pirates coach. Th guy is simply clueless, tht ws a blunder. Hw can a coach is hs rite mind leave th leader out of th squad, is manyisa really a cup final material? He lost to th same strategy of th previous game, he didnt learn. Th pirates central midfielders were outnumbered in th previous game, same as tonite. Ayikho lento
Chimps Supporter
posted: 11:32 pm
This was before the game by Jesus : I qoute "tonight Bucs will teach u a thing or two about soccer that u dont win it on paper/media but on the field of play, i hope u wil be wearing your cabbage vest because the cabbages will be flying all over the pitch during and after the game.i can smell fear in naturena.......shapa bakajuju shapa"

Well Jesus, you don't win games on these articles or on the Kickoff websites.
Ntlakuso
posted: 11:32 pm
So VV basically fired Krol. You all want him gone even though he won a cup and lost on the finals of another. Come one now.
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