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Kaizer Chiefs beat Mamelodi Sundowns

Posted: 2 May 2012 Time: 22:05

Kaizer Chiefs ended their four-game losing streak and at the same time all but handed archrivals Orlando Pirates the League title following a 2-0 defeat of Mamelodi Sundowns at Soccer City on Wednesday evening.

Second half goals from Sthembiso Ngcobo and Siphiwe Tshabalala was just reward for an excellent performance after the break – and for coaching staff of Doctor Khumalo and Ace Khuse who had come in for lots of stick.

Johan Neeskens surprised by starting with Teko Modise and Elias Pelembe on the bench, but it didn’t seem to hamper The Brazilians too much as they quickly got into their stride.

Baring an early chance for Sthembiso Ngcobo, Sundowns had the better of the opening exchanges and should have opened the scoring when Lebohang Mokoena picked out Themba Zwane with a pin-point cross, only for the youngster to fluff his lines and spurn the golden opportunity.

Slowly but surely Chiefs started to find their feet and after Bernard Parker had a shot from a tight angle blocked, a moment of controversy followed on the half-hour mark.

Referee Daniel Bennett awarded a soft free-kick just outside the area for Wayne Sandilands’ supposed foul on Lucky Baloyi, though replays suggested the incident happened well inside the 18-yard box.

Parker misdirected a header shortly afterwards before Sundowns regained the upper-hand for the remainder of the half, though they were limited to long-range efforts from Hlompo Kekana, Walter Maponyane and Mokoena.

Reneilwe Letsholonyane came on at the start of the second half, and he proved to be the tonic Chiefs needed.

Baring an early chance for Mokoena which Itumeleng Khune saved with his legs, it was all Amakhosi, who took the lead on 58 minutes courtesy of a Wayne Sandilands howler.

The goalkeeper ran out to clear a long pass from Tshabalala, but completely missed the ball, which dropped to Ngcobo. Even then Siyanda Xulu still had a chance to clear, but the Chiefs striker got the better of the young defender and slotted into an empty net.

Five minutes later and it should have been 2-0 – Chiefs went on the counter-attack and Tshabalala played in Bernard Parker, but Sandilands redeemed himself with an excellent reflex save.

With 20 minutes to go ‘Shabba’ himself was denied by another sharp Sandilands save, but there was to be no denying the dreadlocked midfielder with two minutes remaining as he ran onto a long ball and found the back of the net off the inside of the post.

The result leave Sundowns three points behind Pirates, with a tough Tshwane Derby against SuperSport United still to come.

Ryan Cooper

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Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 10:36 pm
Did Khoza bribe the ref today as usual,,,,,

Boso ke mang??????ke Motlokoa wa champ o tsipa paaaap
Anonymous
posted: 10:36 pm
siphi lesdwedwe esingu sweyts. TEkO will never lift any trophey with those tattos no no.
Anonymous
posted: 10:36 pm
Neeskens jou gat maan!

Yoh! Saphela iy'dindi!
Anonymous
posted: 10:37 pm
Bosso ke mang? Bosso ke Mabhakaniya ase Orlando!!

Anyway diz chiembabwe zebras can go back 2 wat dey knw best *loosing* every game vele besingabancengile dey can nw go back 2 hell in chiembabwe.

As 4 all those dunusa ndunu clowns wher is dat nonsense of a yellow gap?

ALL HAIL DE GHOST.
Anonymous
posted: 10:37 pm
We won the game 4 our own sake not 4 okapi fc cz if they fail 2 win the league who are they gona ask 4 favours anyway it was a great win 4 us n ofcourse I'm welcoming back yeye he made the diffrence when he came in this is what we needed but pity it came at a very late stage anyway I'm stil a khosi till I touch the sky
Anonymous
posted: 10:38 pm
xulu xulu xulu xulu Xulu!what a fuck is he?last season against Amazulu towards the end of da season he did the same.i hate that black boy.he cost us da lig last season and he has done it again.SY MOER MAN.
deBuc
posted: 10:38 pm
Sorry masandawana! FFS is polishing dat knobkirie! Ea ya lla koto!
Mgugudi: The Treble Addict
posted: 10:38 pm
Since KC fans argue that they always win us the league, what about buying them out-right from the family business & make them our Yebo-Yes in the PSL?
Anonymous
posted: 10:38 pm
I would like to thank Zebraz,though they played for themselves not us.@Sweyts,Brazilitto,Mtho4Downs,Mamoduwe,etc etc etc where is yellow gap?Where is double?????
Anonymous
posted: 10:39 pm
gud game from Chiefs bt a little too late. I see Swallows stealing this cupmwith 3 wins and Pirates with two draws. They cant win unless playing against 10 men
Anonymous
posted: 10:39 pm
Yeye was back. Yeye ke bosso.

Now let's go to the last two games where we'll play simultaneously...go jewa baaaaaaaaaatho!

Zane wants to cry as well?
Anonymous
posted: 10:39 pm
Hahaha teko teko teko lol le1 ibadlucky lol bucs atl teko win de league
Anonymous
posted: 10:40 pm
The stupid Rats are at it again denying the obvious
Anonymous
posted: 10:40 pm
Super cool heading....I like it.
Anonymous
posted: 10:40 pm
Congrats Chifs what a gud display, you've just ended the fake marriage, I'm afraid the bat Sweyts will go back to his old bird, mouse tendencies and col you names. You did for the Pirates for the second time. Now Pirates must win the remaing games for themsleves you've played you good part in style, I hate hating you though, Hhare Tzozo son
KING?
posted: 10:40 pm

ag sies man, they can go back to loosing, we dont give a sh*t

Celtics kwesikamaminzela isgodi wont come back with Chansa n Mayambela back in the team.

Chansa can you please prepare another thunder strike against Arrows in DBN.
Anonymous
posted: 10:40 pm
@Champ Million
Does that lunatic Sweyts still believe that we wont win the Champinship?
Anonymous
posted: 10:41 pm
Hehehehe without amakhosi makakane fc won't win league title dis season!! Ngabe unjani ukujabula Dr Cowza nesini zika vusi ximba
Anonymous
posted: 10:41 pm
Sipho, maar I do'nt know you mos.......esakuphi manje lesi isdindi? Ay u-Neeskens usjwayeza ngey'wengu stru.

Ok congrats zonke iydwanyampuphu ke....eish!
tk.
posted: 10:41 pm
neeskens z a gud coach but i think his game is too predictable; long build-ups from the back, lone striker, ineefective mokoena, and today d toothless nyatama. sumtyms u need to win even if u dont play well. we had too much useless possession. chiefs introduced a striker earlier than us showing they want a win. nyatama should not have started, moriri should have been substituted. yes we may have won some games but one striker is taking us nowhere. the big winners tonite are pirates, congratulations r in order.
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