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Chiefs beat Sundowns 1-0

Posted: 8 January 2011 Time: 17:34

Kaizer Chiefs blew the title race wide open with a 1-0 win over log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Kaizer Motaung Jnr scored his first goal since December 2009 to hand the Amakhosi the win, which closes the gap between them and the Brazilians to just a single point.

The first half was a major disappointment, with neither side able to get going. The midfield was heavily congested, forcing both sides to play the long ball or work the flanks, neither of which worked effectively.

Tinashe Nengomasha had a shot on the half hour mark. He stormed forward from a deep position, exchanging passes along the way, but his eventual effort almost went out for a throw-in.

Sundowns were arguably the better team, but in the absence of the suspended Katlego Mphela they fielded Mabhuti Khenyeza as a lone striker.

The stocky forward worked hard but his tendency to drift into wide positions to pick up the ball was counterproductive to the Brazilians’ attack.

The only genuine save of the first half saw Itumeleng Khune punch away a Franklin Cale effort from a free-kick in the 34th minute.

Chiefs came to life soon after and it was no surprise that Knowledge Musona was at the heart of it, very nearly scoring a terrific chip in the 38th minute, but his effort travelled just over Wayne Sandilands’ crossbar.

Just before the break Cale had another free-kick, but the ball was blocked by Siphiwe Tshabalala in the 18-yard area.

Tshabalala used his arm to stop the shot and a penalty should have been given. Neither referee Lwandile Mfiki nor his assistant close to the action on the sideline spotted the offence.

The second half was much more entertaining.

12 minutes into the second half, Tshabalala floated in a cross from the left flank and Kaizer Motaung Jnr beat Method Mwanjale at the far post to the ball and powered a header past Sandilands.

Sundowns very nearly drew level just two minutes later, but Cale was denied by an excellent save from Khune.

The Brazilians reacted by introducing Nyasha Mushekwi and Richard Henyekane, but even with all three available strikers on the pitch they were unable to bring themselves level.

Sandilands made a couple of crucial saves in the final few minutes as the home team began to exploit the inevitable space left behind by a team pushing forward for an equaliser.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 05:42 pm
This Season we going for the league and no one can stop us re betha one way. Shame to our haters we are the biggest team in Africa.
posted: 05:43 pm
Dirty, sexy, or whatever you like to call it, we are right on your heels suckers.
posted: 05:43 pm
So s*xy is a bad word here?
posted: 05:46 pm
ok ke sun-doms...you can start consolling yourself ...you are still on top of the log........

shappa Khosi Shappaaaaa
posted: 05:48 pm
VV was right Sunflower is strong, Chiefs is the best.Sunflower must thank Motsepe 4 briding the refree adawise the we would have done what we did to their friend Pie-rats, pathetic refree. Chiefs set the record, have beaten all Gauteng teams so far, but these losers combined will still contest that we are the best.
posted: 05:59 pm
I told some idiots from Sundowns that Chiefs is the best during the week on this forum. VV said we are the best but some idiots said he is talkative and i said lets wait for the game to prove him wrong. Now the idiots are proved wrong and are quiet. I like VV, he repeated himself tonight and indicated that"i said we are the best and i'm saying it again we are the best". Our win has again proved who has quality and dephth.
posted: 06:05 pm
he he he shaba s a cow n overated, bt wat suprises m s dat he kips on bringng those crosses 4rm dat lft foot n goals kp cmn. Hw many goals dd chiefs score ths czn 4rm dat lft foot of shaba, 4 a fact s nt 1 o 2. Dnt eva compare tokoloshi wit shabinho u blaa die rats agents.
posted: 06:06 pm
'we may not have the best players but we have the best team in the psl'-vv
posted: 06:06 pm
De ref ore nwele man even a clear penalty and gave our star a yellow card, he clearly against Musona and Shabba. I'm afraid we are unstoppable this season the pressure is on to other teams while the momentum is up is Naturena.

Hope CAF can increase de stake for championship to R100m so that we can show Africa de real champs.
posted: 06:07 pm
guyz just wanna voice my worry here, im a chiefs dearest supporter bt im worried abt de sundowns coach he doesnt bring any value 2 our league hence i dont constitute his firing bt if i were 2 decide yes he cn get the chop frm me....n 2dy nogal...hw cn a team forfeit 7pts lead? Mnly krol n habaas cn ansa tht.
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 06:08 pm
We have killed two birds with one stone. Where are those morons who said SunKaka will beat Chiefs. Come out you bastards.
posted: 06:08 pm
Mr ref was smthn else! We could've done better. Lekhosi 4 lyf! Big up Jr n company. Siyabangena
posted: 06:12 pm
Idiots can talk but Shabba proved it as BAFANA and Chiefs dat he is de best. He know hw 2 make the team 2 play one-two, he knows hw to make de team things to go slow and he score the best goals even set-pieces.
posted: 06:13 pm
Anada controversial win by the hook or crook masters,how d u chimps farmers live with urselfs knowing very well tht ur team wins illegaly,

The psl must do sumthin with this cheats refs or else teams must donate points b4 the play against chimps bcos they wil lose controversially anyway,a good game of football destroyed by the ref 4 nt awarding a CLEAR penalty to Sundowns,,

How long must team suffer dubious decisions by refs against cheats?????????
posted: 06:13 pm
Gentlemen this is not good for soccer.Were is the human's right comission? Chiefs harrass or must i say abuse other people. We just come from new year celebration now this. No guys this is not right,Mr Majavu please protect minority haters of Chiefs please do something please.
posted: 06:19 pm
Guys I always said and still saying that the combination of JNR and Musona will cause frustration to many teams. I know most fans hate JNR, bt the boy is good and the current Chiefs play favors him than another striker.
posted: 06:20 pm
chiefs this yer are gong to show dem.....
posted: 06:23 pm
U hv not won the league so plis stop celebrating. y r u not talkimg abt the fact that u played boring boring boring boring football. Even a club frm Botswana or Lesotho wld not play lyk dat nd u call ur self de biggest team in Africa? SUCKERS!
posted: 06:25 pm
Who cares.we smoked the millionaires.khosi till death.
Joe Mase...
posted: 06:26 pm
why is this team, kaiser chiefs, so good? they seem to have more style than any other team in Africa....and this also seem to make other jealous and upset.....

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