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David Obua got on the scoresheet for Amakhosi.

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Posted: 12 December 2007 Time: 23:03

Kaizer Chiefs defeated Golden Arrows 4-2 in an entertaining encounter at Loftus Stadium on Wednesday evening to claim their third Absa Premiership victory of the 2007/08 season.

Arrows’ rising star Kagisho Dikgacoi scored a brace for the spirited visitors but goals from Siphiwe Tshabalala, David Obua, Cyril Nzama and Gerald Sibeko sealed an emphatic win for Chiefs and spared them the ignominy of a fifth successive draw.

Tshabalala came close to giving Chiefs an early lead with a fine long range effort but goalkeeper Miphy Lupini denied the Bafana Bafana winger with a fantastic save.

Chiefs continued to pressure their opponents, with David Mathebula sending a 20-metre drive off target, before Tshabalala drew first blood for the Amakhosi in the 14th minute. The 23-year-old shot across Lupini from the left of the penalty area and rippled the back of the net for his second goal of the season and his first for Chiefs in the Premiership.

A few minutes later Mathebula again shot wide of the Arrows goal, before Chiefs had to replace the injured Derrick Spencer with Fabian McCarthy just past the midway point of the first half.

The momentary disruption in the heart of defence perhaps played a role in Arrows’ equaliser, with Dikgacoi rising highest to head home Thanduyise Khuboni’s corner in the 28th minute.

The teams were locked 1-1 at half time and Amakhosi coach Muhsin Ertugral made a tactical switch at the break, sending on former Arrows striker Mabhuti Khenyeza in place of winger Arthur Zwane to give the hosts more bite up front.

But it was Abafana Bes’thende who initially threatened to score next, as Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune was forced into turning Njabulo Manqana’s shot out for a corner kick.

On the hour mark though, Khuboni fouled Tshabalala just outside the Arrows penalty area and David Obua scored direct from the free kick, his first club goal since the quarterfinals of the SAA Supa8 cup in August 2006.

Nine minutes later it was Nzama’s turn to get on the score sheet, as the captain headed home from Mathebula’s cross to put Chiefs 3-1 up.

Dikgacoi pulled one back for Arrows in the 84th minute, heading past Khune from a corner to complete his brace, but three minutes later Sibeko drilled a shot past Lupini to seal the points for Chiefs.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 01:12 pm
wen was the last chiefs win in the lig?
posted: 01:24 pm
I am a Downs Fan.. & i say well done to Kaizer Chiefs.

I like what ur coach is doing playing young players.. just like Pirates & u guys are doing well.

Unlike us Downs we believe in OLD & WORNED OUT Players who r NOT archiving anything SIES MAAN.

I advise Chiefs & Pirates to keep it that way.. get rid of old players & do not get a Clueless Coach like ours Gordon & u will do well.

posted: 01:25 pm
It has been a while since I felt like this in the league......but hopefully this is a turn for the good................Still think we need a solid playmaker thou........that Thembile Kanono character from Santos is the most underrated player that can create waves at naturena as soon as Muhsin or Bobby realize the boy's talent and consistency.
posted: 02:35 pm
That was excellent, this is exactly what we need at chiefs, goals...goals...and goals. i think the combination of Tshabalala & Mathebula worked well and it can still deliver as long as coach believes in it. Mathebula has all the ingridients of a great playmaker, he's quick, thinks fast and can pass the ball very well. Boys make us proud on Sunday as we face those empty vessels in Bloemfontein.
posted: 03:12 pm
good work makhosi keep it up.more goals pls..
posted: 03:25 pm
we have done well let keep it on.and pls work on our defence.4 goals and 3 points it good v good
posted: 07:16 pm
It was good to hear that amakhosi has won by a big margin but we still need a prolific striker who will use every chance we get. I ma not taking anything away from our current strikers but if truth be told we need a striker like Torrealber and lets bring back Serge from Thanda. He has proven us wrong many times. You can see the goals he is scoring and the way he combines with his current team mates.Another area that we need to look at is our defence. If u look at the way that Nzama plays u will agree with me when i say he is old now and his days are over.I am glad that at last we have Spencer at our center back. We just need someone to partner him. Tsotetsi or Ganian boy cay play that role.

Thumbs up for the good performance on Wednesday
posted: 07:22 pm
halala makhosi amahle.keep up the good work
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