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Joel Mogorosi goal wins Telkom Knockout Final for Celtic

Posted: 1 December 2012 Time: 21:05

Bloemfontein Celtic are the 2012 Telkom Knockout champions after they beat Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night.


Joel Mogorosi scored the only goal of the game just after the break – albeit in controversial fashion – to hand the Free Staters the trophy, and once again deny Teko Modise silverware.

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Sundowns coach Johan Neeskens went with the attacking approach of Richard Henyekane and Eleazar Rodgers up front, but it was his midfielders who posed the biggest threat to Celtic early on.

Temba Zwane and Teko Modise both had shots on target from the edge of the area, with the latter’s requiring a fine diving save from Patrick Tignyemb.

However, it was the Free State team who came closest to the opener when Lennox Bacela was played through on goal after a defensive slip, only for Wayne Sandilands to save at his feet.

Henyekane and Zwane tested the keeper again, but the best chance of the half fell to Ruzaigh Gamildien on 30 minutes. A poor clearance dropped to him on the edge of the area but, after beating one defender, he dragged his shot inches wide of the upright.

It took just two minutes for Celtic to break the deadlock in the second half – and the goal came in controversial fashion.

Sandilands missed a cross from the right and the ball fell to Mogorosi, whose first-time header looked to have been cleared off the line by Clayton Daniels. The goal was awarded though, even though replays suggest the whole of the ball did not cross the line.

Four minutes later and Celtic almost doubled their lead when a lightning quick counter-attack saw the ball played to Gamildien, but his left-footed drive from the edge of the area went inches wide with the goalkeeper beaten.

The introduction of Anthony Laffor from the bench seemed to spark Sundowns into life, and they almost drew level from Modise’s long-range volley, which sailed just wide.

Laffor then played an excellent cross from the left which Tignyemb did well to pumch clear, before the Liberian went on a mazy run which saw him beat three defenders, but then shoot straight at the goalie.

Celtic almost made sure of the points in injury time, but Mogorosi’s shot came back off the upright. Nyasha Mushekwi then dragged Downs’ final shot wide as Celtic celebrated their first piece of silverware since 2005.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:45 pm
Now I declare that Neskeens have no idea of what he is doing. Julies and Zwane where not on the Line up since the beginning of TKO, now all of the sudden they start the final. I am so disappointed about the way my team lost.... However the players didn't show enough hunger as they really want this CUP. Well done to Siwelele they deserve to win at the end of the day.
Mhlonitjhwa: Treble Champ kwesibili
posted: 10:45 pm
Dont worry Masandawana there is steal a Nedbank cup to try your luck in it since the league trouphpy is written Orlando Pirates all over it
posted: 10:46 pm
nywe nywe nywe balll didnt cross the line.sundown have plenty of time to equalize, why it didnt.
posted: 10:48 pm
I don't know who could see the line 'cause I could only see the posts which are thicker than the goalline so no-one can be sure if the ball crossed the line or not
posted: 10:49 pm
Sundowns !!!!!! Balayekile ,they will be beaten until they stop being greedy and sign every player that Chiefs wants , where is that Khumalo boy from Swallows ? Where is Manqele now ? Where is Musheki ,just sitting on the bench .They were all taken on their way to Chiefs . Manqele Not even on the bench today . Shapa selesele . Fire Teko man . Is it true that Sundowns is talking to Ntate Motlanthe as a possible new Coach ? How do u leave Domingoes on the bench and allow Mkhulu uNyandora to watch the match in the field ?
posted: 10:50 pm
I really wanted Celtics to win this Cup but my joy is spoiled by a goal that wan't a goal after all. Shame on you Mr Referee !!!
posted: 10:52 pm
He he he he Mogorosi took Langermaan to the cleaners, ai Zane Moosa!!

Ja It was really bad!!! History is written by the Victors...Congrats Masele-sele
Skepe Mketule
posted: 10:58 pm
boring game ,come weekend see real final
Rio da General
posted: 11:03 pm
Welldone 2 Celtic they played well nd wat a GOAL of Century.oooh! Teko Modise Stil untrophyless Captain.
posted: 11:03 pm
Referees are human ,many times they made mistakes that benefitted Sundowns and i never heard noises that ,"hey mr ref gave us the game ". How many times did Suntowns win the league having won matches controvesially ? Afterall 80% of the ball had crossed the line , Mababize uHelen Zille abaphekelele to the high court to lay a charge against the ref.or just shut up , badlwe laba . Balayekile ,these greedy fellows who destroyed many players
Sekitla R4
posted: 12:04 am
Sad state of refereeing affairs but ja! they are human after all. Congratulations to Celtics and better luck next time to Sundowns who played to their best which was not enough
posted: 01:39 am
Mosixtyposted: 10:38 pm
I don't care what people say.........celtics lifted the cup finish and klaar.....your grumblings won't change anything.....Pirates have been winning treble back to back with some dubious decisions and nothing was said or done for that matter,,,,,those who complain GO HANG

Hold on player, this game had nothing to do with Pirates, do u mind sharing with us or reminding us the game or FINAL that Pirates won through dubious decision?
NB dont talk about the league, its a marathon, its not decided on 1game! I will be waiting...
posted: 07:08 am
Talking about the referee wont bring things back. Referee's decision has always bn final.Both teams wanted it very badly but Celtic came tops. It is an unfortunate thing to Sundowns to loose this long. They seem to have bn cursed. I see Mvela league for them.

The Phefeni Boy
posted: 08:28 am
The Phefeni Boyposted: 01:14 pm  |  Report

Brasilia posted: 01:09 pm | Report

Mighty Downs 3- Celtix 0....finish and klaar! Champaigne chillin on ice. After we clinch this cup, then we climb up the league like we playing snakes and ladder. Downs e dese blind!

Hehehehehe...... . Champagne chilling on ice?....snakes and ladder.?..Sizobana..
Unti-Pirates Fans
posted: 08:40 am
I hate Sundowns more than any other team.Bucs are our rivals as Amakhosi but they are not all the time on our case when signing players but Sundowns hijack every player linked to Kaizer Chiefs.May be they believe they would be like Chiefs if they sign those players forgeting that its not only about players but management of the team counts a lot to the success of the team as well.
posted: 09:00 am
How many @Anonymous do we have on this forum........this dude changes color like a chameleon.......one minutes he is sundowns.....then a gorilla,,,,,and lastly a Chiefs man
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 10:08 am
Unti-Pirates Fans
posted: 01:30 pm
According to Bucs fans,Pirates won the league when Chiefs lost to Platinum Stars.
Unti-Pirates Fans
posted: 01:33 pm
Where was Henyekane?He scored one goal and was hailed as a match winner.These Downs guys are really confused.
posted: 01:57 pm
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