Kennedy Mweene was in superb form against Kaizer Chiefs.

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Free State Stars beat Chiefs

Free State Stars beat Chiefs

Posted: 5 July 2008 Time: 11:19 am

Free State Stars advanced to the final of the Phakisa Cup in Sasolburg after beating Kaizer Chiefs 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out, after the two sides played to a goalless draw in regulation time.

Chiefs enjoyed the better of the match and wasted countless opportunities to hit the back of the net, with Mabhuti Khenyeza and Tshepo Bulu the main culprits.

Khenyeza’s first chance arrived in the 22nd minute when Arthur Zwane crossed from the right, but an unmarked Khenyeza sent a tame header straight at Kennedy Mweene.

The Amakhosi striker then had a shot blocked three minutes later, with the ball falling to Thuso Phala, who’s shot was superbly blocked by Mweene.

Prince Olomu almost put Stars ahead in the 40th minute with a powerful volley at the far post, but Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune produced a superb save to deny the midfielder.

Mweene was then called into action two minutes later to deny Bulu from close range, after the forward had latched onto a long clearance by Khune.

Chiefs continued pushing forward with both Khenyeza and Bulu having shots cleared off the line seconds before the interval.

Muhsin Ertugral’s men continued in the same vein in the second half and Bulu should have put them ahead four minutes after the restart when Zwane picked him out with a superb cross, but the unmarked striker headed over the crossbar.

Substitute Reneilwe Letsholonyane should have given Chiefs the lead in the 76th minute when he found himself clear on goal, but he was thwarted by a brave Mweene, who rushed off his line to save at the feet of the midfielder.

The match then moved to penalties, where Mweene again proved his worth by making two splendid saves and scoring from the spot himself to secure Stars’ passage to the final, where they will meet the winner of the second semifinal contested between Orlando Pirates and Bloemfontein Celtic.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 12:21 pm
Khune the best goalkeaper ?!?!?! hehehe my foot.
Anonymous
posted: 12:37 pm
Chiefs Sucks, Bucs 4 Life
Anonymous
posted: 12:40 pm
Hehe your foot digga! SAY WAT U LIKE KHUNE IS THE MAN!
Mdubuleni
posted: 12:50 pm
Well Digga he is the best goalie in the country,and Charles its Amakhosi 4 Life
not Bucs,4 your info its once a pirate always a pirate,and I believe that its you that SUCK
Anonymous
posted: 05:38 pm
THIS IS JUST THE BEGING,HEADS WILL ROLL WITHIN THE NEXT THREE MONTHS.
IBAPHAKIS'NDUKU I FS STARS(EALA KGOTO)
WE ARE STILL GONNA SEE A LOT OF DRABBING FOR CHEATS.
KOFFIE 4 LUNCH!!!
Proffesor
posted: 10:09 am
How can you build a team if you play all ur first team in cups like these. Free State Stars will struggle come the new season. They’ve played in two cups tournaments and they’ve only used their regular players that were playin’ in the league last season. I’m very disappointed by the new coach’s style… it shows that this guy is not takin’ this team anyway… come new season… he will be lost when these players get injured!

They beat Supersport on penalty in that previous cup
Now they’ve beaten Pirates in the past weekend cup

Come on coach… this is wer you test the young players!
Anonymous
posted: 10:42 am
Free State Stars played with their heart (full squard or last ammunition) while Khosi 4 life was having fun, we should have won that game & unfortunately lady luck was not on our side. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel & it's definately not an on coming train. I will continue to support my beloved team which I have supported for more than 28 yrs ... Khosi 4 Life.
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