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Seisa Ramabodu
12/03/2008 15:30

Two-goal hero Phumudzo Manenzhe

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Stars outshine Celtic

Posted: 12 March 2008 Time: 17:11

A brace from striker Phumudzo Manenzhe handed Platinum Stars a 2-0 victory over Bloemfontein Celtic in an Absa Premiership encounter at the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

It was a deserved three points for the visitors, while for Celtic it was a third game in a row without a goal, and not a happy return for reinstated coach Khabo Zondo.

Stars made the brighter start and has two chances inside two minutes, both falling to Manenzhe.

He first managed just a ‘fresh air’ shot from Koketso Mmotong’s cross on 10 minutes, before being set free two minutes later, but was unable to beat the onrushing veteran stopper in the Celtic goal, Simon Gopane.

The major talking point of the half came in the 18th minute however, as Moses Spendeel was put clear on goal for Celtic, but received a tap on the ankles from defender Joseph Mkalipa just outside the box.

There was no doubt contact had been made outside the area, but referee Robert Smith was lenient in his showing of a yellow card to Mkalipa when many would have reached for the red as he prevented a clear goalscoring opportunity.

Both coaches made changes at halftime, with the home side replacing Soul Mmethi with Lebohang Kukame, and Stars removing the lucky Mkalipa to be replaced by Michael Khaile.

The away side then struck twice in three minutes to grab the initiative. Mmotong’s excellent cross from the right was headed home by Manenzhe – without a defender in sight.

It was a poor piece of defending from Celtic, but things were to get worse soon afterwards. Edward Williams’ long ball was not dealt with at all well by defender Cyril Mubiala as his weak back-header left Gopane exposed, and Manenzhe round the keeper before slotting home.

Celtic had a good shout for a penalty turned down on 57 minutes when Stars keeper Wayne Sandilands appeared to bring down Kukame in the area, but referee Smith opted for the corner when replays showed Sandilands got nowhere near the ball.

Spandeel should have pulled one back with 13 minutes to go when he beat the offside trap, but saw his shot blocked by Sandilands. He had another bite of the cherry with the goalkeeper on the floor however, but Sailor Tshabalala was able to clear off the line from the Celtic star’s weak follow-up effort.

Kukame then flashed an effort across goal after a nice chest-down of the ball, as it became clear it would not be Phunya Sele Sele’s day.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 05:19 pm
hehehe...Zondo will be fired again...hehehe
posted: 05:44 pm
posted: 05:44 pm
Zondo ku hambhani manje, is better u hlabela amadlozi ekhaya e natal but wam .
posted: 05:45 pm
where are the loyal fans of Celtic?
posted: 05:46 pm
This website is not for taxi drivers, you Zulu boy?
posted: 05:46 pm
Lybon, inceba le ndoda alihlekwa buti wam .
posted: 05:50 pm
Thanx bro, peace madala .
posted: 06:01 pm
Well done...what a good away win. Lets keep it up and repeat the same against the second Freestate team,Freestate Stars this coming week-end.
Once again well done to the technical team and the players.
Your #1 Supporter OB
posted: 06:14 pm
Ag shame Zondo. But moenie worry supporters are still silent and they are the one to fire you this time. Let me say well done Phumudzo, u showed how brave a striker should be
posted: 08:12 pm
When Pirates were doing well under Papic,Manenze was the top goal scorer.The boy is one of the very few SA strikers who have the potential to become a great striker.His aerial strength and positioning is so great.
posted: 07:16 am
Lybon, I take great offense on your statement, about Taxis and Zulu's. in fact you should apologies and be banned from this site.
Mr. President
posted: 08:16 am
Lybon, if you decide to criticise someone, dont tribilise it, understand
posted: 08:30 am
Leave Lybon alone, he is right. Just to add on his point, this website is not for thick hadded dumb @ss idiots...Zulu boys...hehehe...hahahahaha. I hate people who don't want to cut the skin of their ****
posted: 06:40 pm
Eish! ya ne! Khabo mfe'thu it's going to be very very difficult to turn that team around. The situation there is not good for one to work mfe'thu, cut your losses and move on you'll never be shot of admirers mfe'thu. I tell you come the end of the season you'll not be working there as the boss has already played his cards, play the hand you've be dealt mfe'thu.
posted: 10:33 pm
celtic tried their best but it was not to be, and well done to mayambela, he must just knuckle down and work hard, the township is behind him all the way
posted: 10:38 pm
i admire celtics just because of their supporters, they've built and still are building a magnificent brand, rome was not built in a day, these guys need to just hang in there. Even though i'm a khosi, it would be sad to see celtics go down i'd rather have leopards relegated because the thidiela's don't deserve top flight status
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