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Maritzburg United 0 Moroka Swallows 1

Posted: 19 May 2012 Time: 16:54

A solitary goal from Lefa Tsutsulupa was not enough to hand Moroka Swallows the title, as Orlando Pirates beat Golden Arrows 4-2.

Swallows did their part to win the game, ending on 56 points, but it was not enough as Orlando Pirates took the League with 58.

Maritzburg had an early chance to open the scoring when Philani Zulu hit a shot wide on three minutes.

Half an hour later Michael Morton almost put The Team of Choice ahead with a shot from 25 yards, but it went wide to the left.

The League's top goal scorer Siyabonga Nomvethe should have given Birds the lead in the 25th minute when he turned and shot inside the box from eight yards, but the ball went over the bar. It was a poor effort from Nomvete, who should have scored.

Maritzburg started the second half on the up, as Ryan de Jongh had a shot from outside the box saved by Greg Etafia.

In the 56th minute David Mathebula did some great work on the edge of the box, and laid the ball onto Nomvete, but with only the keeper to beat 'Bhele' shot high.

But The Birds got the goal they needed when their inspirational leader opened the scoring.

A great free-kick by Lerato Chabangu floated into the box, and Tsutsulupa flicked the ball into the net past Shu-Aib Walters.

In search of the second goal Chabangu took a shot from long range, which was flicked away by the keeper for a corner, and the match ended in disappointment for Swallows.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:29 pm
Swallows talks too much, Nywe, Nywe Nywe, we will make history, You were disrespectful to Pirates - MXM, there is no symphathy in football. It is a cruel and ruthless game, just because you barely avoided relegation...
posted: 10:34 pm
Now others are startng to say da fat one is a better striker compared to nomvethe.....mnx dont be fooled by da rocha, he daz nt deserve a payslip for being a goalkeeper
posted: 12:14 am
proudly maroon and white
posted: 05:55 am
@smangaliso credit where its due bhuti...Nomvete neva scored a goal against best keeper he scored 3 against injured omony who neva made a single save on a particular day
posted: 07:21 am
Kip tryn myb u might end up being bucselona
posted: 07:38 am
Yho!I thought Swallows had already won the league midweek.Kanti what happened where when & how,somebody pls wake me up from this nightmare.I hope now you know the league is not won in the media but the field.
Matt/ Tremble4Da2ndStarChamps
posted: 08:25 am
LMAO! Ja, and I wonder where was Matthew Booth, Siboniso Gaxa and co. to attend the Swallows match to help with the empty stands at Harry Gwala stadium. Phela weren't they the biggest PSL playing haters that so badly wanted Swallows to win the league? Hehehehe. I'm sure after the final whistle they had to edit their SMSes from "Congrats to u Gordon and the boys" to "Eish, hard luck madoda. Better luck next season. But let's continue on as 15 Teams VS Orlando Pirates FC in this Pirates Soccer League."

Tsipa Bucs, TSIPA! Nah suckers we didn't ask for the throne to KINGS of Mzansi; WE TOOK IT!!!

posted: 10:26 am

lets swallows our pride and allow Gordon to coach our national team.

this team did well and i am so proud of them
posted: 11:04 am
Up the Birds, no matter what happens yesterday, to me you are Champions. I knw Arrows is going to give it to Pirates as we expected it. Up the Birds until Pirates start to play a fair games without bribing opponents.
posted: 11:12 am
aag maan some people are idiots, how can you compare Nomvethe with Benny. Nomvethe produce individual perfomances while Benny is surrounded with quality players. I bet you if Nomvethe was playing for he was going to score 30 goals. Ppl must think b4 they talk rubbish.
posted: 11:01 pm
Don't Follow me but Follow the Birds.
I am Downs Supporter but Swallows did well and Pirates won it.
Weldone Maswaiswai.
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