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Nine-man Swallows down Chiefs

Posted: 7 November 2007 Time: 22:03

Moroka Swallows beat Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 in an Absa Premier League encounter played at the Absa Stadium in Durban on Wednesday night.

The Swallows goals were scored by Sandile Ndlovu and Bevan Fransman, while Shaun Bartlett scored for Chiefs.

The visitors were down to nine men in the second half when they had both Japhet Zwane and Fransman sent off by referee Ace Ngcobo.

The visitors deserved the win simply because they had the better scoring opportunities and looked the more likely to score for most of the match.

In the 19th minute Sibusiso Themba had his shot saved by Chiefs’ keeper Itumeleng Khune.

Swallows had a great chance to take the lead in the 23rd minute when a cross from Zwane found Sandile Ndlovu in the box in a great scoring position, but instead of burying the ball in the back of the net he hammered it over the bar.

Khune was again on hand to deny Swallows when he made a save from a James Chamanga shot in the 34th minute.

Ndlovu again found himself in a great goal scoring position inside the box in the 41st minute, but was denied by a great tackle by Fabian McCarthy.

Zwane hammered a cross into the area which was spectacularly punched out by Khune just before the break to keep the score goalless.

Fransman hammered a long range shot well over the bar just after the break.

Three minutes later Swallows took the lead when a cross found Chamanga on the right just inside the 18-yard area, he passed the ball to Ndlovu, who scored with a tap-in.

In the 54th minute Swallows scored again when the ball was lobbed into the area from the middle by Zwane and Fransman ran forward and got a boot to the ball before Khune could reach it to score.

Chiefs pulled a goal back in the 74th minute when Bartlett scored with a header from a low cross by Jimmy Tau from the right.

In the 81st minute Swallows were down to 10-men when the referee red-carded Japhet Zwane for a dangerous tackle on Jimmy Tau.

Mabhuti Khanyeza missed a great opportunity from about 10-yards out when he hammered his left-footed shot wide after Bartlett headed the ball to him in the 88th minute.

Thuso Phala nearly grabbed the equalizer two minutes later when his shot flew narrowly over the bar from inside the box.

In the 94th minute Swallows were down to 9-men when the referee sent Fransman to the stands for an off the ball incident.

But Swallows held on to get a well-deserved win.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 05:36 pm
I am very much disapointed with my team, not because they lost to the Birds but because of the overall perfomance of the team this season. I hear people saying that we're inconsistent, what inconsistend the fact that Free State Stars gave us the win every one is prasing the team.
posted: 06:12 pm
I tend to disagree with Isaac when he says swallows was just lucky. Infact my team chiefs was lucky to loose by 2 goals to 1. Swallows played with purpose and good game plan.
posted: 08:36 pm
muhsin is a good coach but he is not doing good at chiefs because he is very stuborn, he must bring back scara and gert if he wants chiefs to win games. if he wants to continue like that, he will kiss goodbye the chiefs emblem.
posted: 09:19 pm
The way Swallows play this goes a long way to prove that Mr Hunt did an honourable thing to vacate. Dinonyana let's give the brothers a chance and support to do it. Everyone doubted their tenacity, experience, when Ian and Mayoyo started. With Eddie Lewis we are challenging for Airbus 380 records...UP THE BIRDS!!!!!we are flying high that is why smaller birds like Boeing 737 got scared yesterday in CPT and dropped the engines...we are hot!!!!!
posted: 10:54 pm
Congratz 2 the birdz... they deservred all 3 points... Plz chiefs supporters u cant win all games... b patient the telkom cup is yourz
posted: 11:27 pm
Uyinkomo UNzama
posted: 11:29 pm
Njengabafa bestayela sisazoba suprisa ngo suprise, bakhahlele izitulo more
posted: 08:55 am
You can't help it but give credit where it is due!! Up the Soaring Birds!! Swallows will surprise many this season. I think it is high time Chiefs supporters accept defeat in the name of fair play. Remember Chiefs do not have a divine right to win all games.
posted: 04:26 pm
sorry Makhosi ,,,, watch out guyz ,birds are dark horse for league champ!
posted: 11:32 pm
Eish we are getting sick and tired of chiefs' performance cause they are losing a lot of games every now and then, i personally think that da coach is costing us too much by playing Fabian ang this 5-3-2 if i were to advise him i would ask him to a squad like this 1.Khune 2.Tau 3.Bhasera 4 & 5 quarty and maybe Mototo cause at the back we really need some experience u cant afford to play two new players in the central defence.Tsotetsi must improve his play then play Tshabalala, Phala , Mooki and Tenashe then always make sure that Motaung is around please believe in your players stop changing strategies every now and then Eish we cant afford to be relegated please coach just remember that u did it last season at the cape side so please bring it Naturena and anyway congrats to the better team of that day THE BIRDS and Khosi good luck next week grand viva Khosi viva From Zwelakhe a first year student at wits university
posted: 12:27 pm
Well done, just collect the three points from Ajax & Supersport and we are on top of the log
posted: 01:10 am
chiefs players are weak, chiefs have to get new players....
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