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Posted: 16 July 2011 Time: 17:03

George Lebese scored in time added on as Kaizer Chiefs beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 in the opening match of the 2011 Vodacom Challenge at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

It looked to be heading for a draw, especially after a world-class save from Itumeleng Khune seconds earlier to deny Gareth Bale, but a lighting quick Chiefs counter-attack finished with the substitute prodding the ball under Carlo Cuducini’s body.

It was just reward for Amakhosi, who had dominated the first half and certainly held their own against a strong Spurs side after the break.

Chiefs definitely had the better of the first half, and should have been at least 2-0 up at the break, but for two glaring misses from debutant Lehlohonolo Majoro.

Spurs looked disjointed for most of the opening 45 minutes, and the Amakhosi certainly looked to take advantage of that, with Siphiwe Tshabalala and Josta Dladla causing mayhem down the right, and Reneilwe Letsholonyane bossing the midfield.

‘Shabba’ showed some good touches in and around the area, and on another day with his shooting boots on, he may have given Cuducini in the Spurs goal more trouble.

On 32 minutes Chiefs really should have had the lead. Again Tshabalala was the instigator, working some magic on the edge of the area before setting up Josta Dladla for a shot, which Cuducini could only parry. But Majoro, admittedly from a tight angle, could not find the target.

Four minutes later and the former AmaZulu striker again should have done better as Kaizer Motaung Jnr found him with an inch-perfect cross, but the header from six yards out went over the bar.

Predictably, Spurs rung the changes at the start of the second half, bring on the likes of Gareth Bale, Peter Crouch, Rafael van der Vaart and Aaron Lennon.

Bale immediately injected some much needed pace down the left, but it was Chiefs who had the first decent chance after the break. Majoro again found himself in space in the area and this time managed to hit one on target, only for Cuducini to hold onto the ball.

Spurs’ first clear-cut chance came on 68 minutes. Bale was the provider, crossing for Peter Crouch to head towards the bottom left corner, but Khune produced a world-class save to keep the scores intact.

Van der Vaart fired a free-kick over the bar three minutes later from a free-kick which earned Thomas Sweswe a yellow card, before the biggest cheer of the game came on 76 minutes – the introduction of Bongani Khumalo.

After Bale fired over from a tight angle, it was Chiefs who finished stronger. First Knowledge Musona shot wide, before George Lebese shot inches wide. In between that, Abia Nale found himself one-on-one with the keeper, but opted to pass rather than shoot and the chance was lost.

Bale almost clinched it in the dying minutes with a volley that grazed the crossbar, before the Welshman was again denied in time added on – his volley spectacularly saved by Khune – before Chiefs broke with seconds to go to secure a famous win.

Kaizer Chiefs starting XI: Itumeleng Khune – Jimmy Tau, Thomas Sweswe, Dominic Isaacs , Jimmy Jambo - Josta Dladla, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Tinashe Nengomasha, Siphiwe Tshabalala – Kaizer Motaung Jnr, Lehlohonolo Majoro

Tottenham Hotspur starting XI: Carlo Cudicini – Alan Hutton, Michael Dawson, Sebastian Bassong, Benoit Assou-Ekotto – David Bentley, Jermaine Jenas, Tom Huddlestone, Nico Krancjar – Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 05:48 pm
Call them Zebras or whatever doesn't matter! The Fact is Chiefs can play football. Well done Makhosi with yo new kit, shapa khosi shapa.
Anonymous
posted: 05:50 pm
now the Somali pierats r next. They must be wetting their pants.
D.R.I
posted: 05:53 pm
Blah Blah Thursday again you are starting for Fortune telling cant you just talk of today game instead of talking about Thursday we know u will come with an excuse.. like you did with 9-1 coming 26 February fiasco
Lacoste_AM-A-Khosi
posted: 05:54 pm
Well done to my beloved Khosi. Majoro, I'm happy to see you getting into good positions in your first match. I foresee a great goal scoring record this season, keep it up. That should be a confidence booster for the young Lebese

Good luck to pirates. I must say the Zebra kit looks good. Khosi for life
D.R.I
posted: 05:58 pm
Bester will score for us and Fakude will show us why Skhosana recommended him to Pirates and as for mayambela i wish he can be more attacking and stop dribbling then we will be K.
Anonymous
posted: 06:09 pm
Well done to Khosi and we are looking forward to wallop them again next saturday to defend our trophy. Majoro is going 4 the kill kuzonyiwa lapha.
Anonymous
posted: 06:10 pm
Nw dis is wat I cal a win en wen we win it bcom silent en we wil c which jersey is da ugliest.My young boy(Lebese) scored against a team dat beat Inter Milan nt Asec Mimosa en guess wat!he's nt a regular en we have no excuse as 2 why we won.So wit dat being said we wil c wat da Somali pieratz can do since u talk 2 much en don't play ur defensive game cos u'll b beaten 3-0 like...u knw wat I'm talk abt mos!
Anonymous
posted: 06:27 pm
A gud win 4 chiefs.spurs ddnt look anythng lyk da team dat beat INTER in da chmpions league
Anonymous
posted: 06:28 pm
Congrats zebra fc bd lucky 4 ur nxt game
Anonymous
posted: 06:31 pm
The Donkeys r so scared they'v asked Khoza 2 bribe Mugabe.
Anonymous
posted: 07:40 pm
Gud ppl watch gud football 2day I dnt what is going 2 heppen on tuesday(tsunami)
Anonymous
posted: 07:50 pm
the game for today it was too taff i was so happy for amakhosi,they did very well guy keep it up pls...especialy itumeleng khune u did so gud im proud of u man....shapaaaaaaa......
Anonymous
posted: 08:16 pm
Rise Khosi Rise
Anonymous
posted: 08:20 pm
Well done Zebras, amadub' amthende.
Anonymous
posted: 08:23 pm
Which team won TREBBLE today?
Shadrack AKA Mzimela
posted: 11:44 pm
Wow, so impressive Khosi, very good start, I like what I saw keep it up, Please compose yourself Mr Majoro it will come, Lebese looked the part, Musona what a suprise, Khune the greatest ever, Now we realy have a team, it was like we were from England, The Ham was like a team from 1st division, they failed to even out pass us we were better than them, considering that they like us are on a preseason, what we did late in the season looks like it is continuing, watch out for this team
Anonymous
posted: 01:46 am
well done khozi.today i was like im watching barcelon n spur
Anonymous
posted: 06:46 am
Well done Makhosi, I wish u all the best this season. The guys looks very sharp although there is still room for improvement
Anonymous
posted: 07:22 am
You can call them zebraz or PAC but the reality of the matter is that Chiefs can pass the ball better than any team in the PSL. The only problem with Chiefs they don't hv centre defence I think we shuld consider Mabizela or Ferrera nd do away with Sweswe nd we also need a replacement for Musona I think Erasmus culd fit in very well. well done Makhosi for beating these overrated English Teams hope for our Neughbz do the same thing Bless sunday to everyone.
Anonymous
posted: 07:35 am
big up 4 vv cos he has plan a & b. 1st half used possesiv futbol & 2nd half wz counter atack as h new dat spurs wl cam blazin.
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