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Kaizer Chiefs come from behind to beat Free State Stars

Posted: 17 December 2011 Time: 22:17

A horrible goalkeeping error from Free State Stars' Kennedy Mweene allowed Lincoln Zvasiya to score Kaizer Chiefs winning goal in the Amakhosi's 2-1 victory over the Ea Lla Koto in an Absa Premiership match at the FNB Stadium on Saturday night.

Edward Manqele scored for Stars while Sthembiso Ngcobo and Lincoln Zvasiya scored for Chiefs.

An injury to Dominic Isaacs during the warm-up and the suspension of Jimmy Tau saw the Amakhosi start with an inexperienced back four which included Willard Katsande (right-back) and Lincoln Zvasiya, both only making their second appearance in the league.

Still, despite a nervy looking Chiefs defence which was constantly breached in the first-half, they only conceded a single goal and were not completely out of the match going into the half time break.

That goal came in the 15th minute after a superb through ball saw Edward Manqele break behind the Chiefs defence and with only the keeper to beat the striker made no mistake.

Manqele drove into the box and unleashed a thunderbolt from 16-yards out that found the top left-hand corner of the net, scoring his fifth goal of the league season and handing his side the lead, 1-0.

Thereafter, Stars continued to breach the back four of Chiefs in the first half, but some poor finishing let them down. One instance in particular was in the 26th minute when Katlego Mashego missed open goals from ten-yards out as he completely missed the ball with a swing of his leg.

Nonetheless, take nothing away from the Ea Lla Koto who produced an entertaining 45 minutes and who would have been a little upset to only go into half time a goal up.

Stars would also have felt a little aggrieved when Arthur Bartman was not sent from the field in the 31st minute after blatantly handling the ball outside the box.

Again Manqele broke the off-side trap, but Bartman was quickly off his goal line and out of his box to stop the danger, illegally. The referee, though, took a lenient view and only showed him a yellow card.

The second half saw a change of fortunes as Chiefs were clearly the better side and somehow found their attacking form. Hence, they were able to create a couple chances on goal.

The Amakhosi were definitely more threatening in the final third of the field and skimmed the top side of the crossbar on two occasions.

All the drama, however, was reserved for the three minutes between the 77th – 80th minute.

Initially, the former Free State Stars man and second half substitute, Sthembiso Ngcobo, drew Chiefs level when he latched onto a right wing cross from Masango with a powerful ten-yard header that found the right corner of the goal, 1-1.

Three minutes later and a mistake from the normally reliable Mweene allowed the Amakhosi to take the lead.

Zvasiya tried his luck from 40-yards out and saw his effort bounce just in front of the Stars' keeper, who showed poor technique by not getting behind the ball, allowing it to bounce over him and into the left-side of the net, 2-1.

It was an error that saw Chiefs walk away victorious and now only one point behind the league leaders.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 11:12 pm
The refree got it wrong, that was supposed to be a red card, but to my suprise pirates supporters are the ones talking a lot about it. If I still remember very well, moneeb did the same thing this year, pirates was playing platinum stars and he did not even receive a yellow card and Owen dagama complained a lot about it, no one said anything. but some ppl had the guts to release their bile about this one, atleast there was a card shown even if its a wrong card. chiefs did play kak, that we cannot argue about..
posted: 11:15 pm
The way they played aganst Flops is the same way they playe today.These 2 victories are typical examples of lucky wins.Hop they get carried by this to the 2nd round of the lig.
posted: 11:15 pm
shaapa khosi shapa. People like errol should be careful of the allegations they making. It is foolish and unbecoming to say such things. Bottom line is we have won and can go top of the league next week. You can scream until you are red the score remains 2 chiefs 0 stars.
posted: 11:18 pm
I didnt bother myself with watching this stupid game with stupid players playing 4 no trophy... I mean the CHAMPIONS OF EVERYTHING were not playing today... Football 101 was mastered at the University of Orlando.
posted: 11:23 pm
-all chiefs' zim players are hardworking,dedicated,desciplines and quality,katsande had a v very good game at rightback,thou he ws playn out of position he delivered!
-vv plz allow the combo of sweswe n lynco to gel,by givn them more game time plz,its realy promisn
-parker n majoro shud warm the bench n watch othr guys doing it the chiefs way,they shud cum as impact players,playn both of them at a time,has never yielded results,atleast th othr one shud cum as a sub to add steam to th team
-Lastly I ws very dispntd by baktawer to publicly gossip VV,in vv's presence,askn steve to confirm the rumours tht he is joinng chiefs,wht did u xpct steve to say,that ws pure stupidity frm ur side,and thx to steve for brillantly answern,that's SA media for u they hv so much powers in causn othr pple to lose their jobs,I used to respect deshi bt today u were a moron,or shud I say a moemish,nxa!
-lastly Motaung stick to ur man even nxt year,jst buy him quality players to add steam to the quality tht we already hv
posted: 11:23 pm
Takes nd talakani dis is cheifs topic y dnt u focus useles dt fighting 4 top 8 sprt we donatd u our tko cup dt it tk u 75 ys 2 win it while it tk us 1 seasn 2 win it so u wil pay us bk by gvng us ur league title nd nkd bnk cup rise khosi rise dwn rats fluke team dwn
posted: 11:24 pm
Today they fielded 5 Zim players as their first 11,& they are looking for another one,lets hop Body is not robing those Zim team for those players.
Laaste Khosi - Capo di tutti_di hond
posted: 11:25 pm
Translation of Rat. Rat in Afrikaans is ROT.
posted: 11:32 pm
hart work ia the key to chiefs player.keep it up boys,next is

posted: 11:36 pm
@Amkhosi-What do you mean when you talk of champs & mix with top 8?Your team is the one you should be woried about top 8 coz they are used in missing.Can you tell me the year you know when we missed top 8 since you were born?So from today when talking about champs you must talk of lig championship or a star.
posted: 11:37 pm
League champs,MTN8 champs,TKO champs,Nedbank champs.What are still playing for in this league?
posted: 11:40 pm
Let's keep on collecting maximum points,I mean one game a time Makhosi amahle Zebra FC mawuthanda
posted: 11:40 pm
We play football and we are not referees, if a referee is asleep who cares. If a goalkeeper is asleep who cares. If RATS supporters hurt who cares. If u buy foreigners and can't field one of them then u bought them for one reason: sodomise them. Shapa khosi shapa
posted: 11:41 pm
What are we still playing for in this league?
Namibia's Khosi Queen
posted: 11:46 pm
Did the ref disallow a FFS legitimate goal or did he gave Chiefs two dubious penalties. Even if Bartman was sent off we would have won, because we would have another goalie in the poles and you all know how difficult is to play a men team and the Mighty Amakhosi for that matter. Pie-rats must rather shut up and go back to their drinking...
Namibia's Khosi Queen
posted: 11:50 pm
Og mara these, No English, No Problem Team supporters? Eisshhhh...
posted: 11:51 pm
RATS is playing to payback years of hunger, they behave like children who have not had a meal for years. The cups that u r collecting r engraved many times with Kaizer Chiefs as the leading brand if Africa.

posted: 11:51 pm
@Mosixty-Which team are you suporting?Hope you are not tresspassing Motaung'sailing bussiness team.Even Herbex knows that the writting is on the wall.Only invaders like you can deny this.
posted: 11:59 pm
Amakhosi 4 life and without chiefs they will be no gud super goals like the one we saw 2nite .We behind one point against league leader
posted: 12:12 am
@VV-From the look of your comment it seems you are very interested in history & musiem,so to make things easy for you,you can take your family with you to the Mayfair where all the cups& trophies are being kept.
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