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Chiefs stun Sundowns

2012-05-02 22:37

Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs scored two second-half goals to beat Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0 in their Premiership match at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The win preserves the Soweto side's hopes of challenging for the title, however unlikely, as they are on 43 points with three games remaining - nine points behind log-leaders Orlando Pirates on 52.

Sundowns came into the match three points adrift of the Buccaneers, but the loss will come as a crushing blow to their title hopes.

Sthembiso Ngcobo put the AmaKhosi ahead just before the hour mark, which sent Sundowns in frantic search of an equaliser, while leaving themselves vulnerable in defence.

Three minutes from time Siphiwe Tshabalala exploited the gaps in the Brazilians' defence to score Chiefs' second and seal the match as a contest.

In the first half both teams had their chances, but poor finishing meant the pair of goalkeepers, Wayne Sandilands for Sundowns and Itumeleng Khune for Chiefs, had little difficulty in denying the opposition.

In the fourth minute, Chiefs' Ngcobo made a probing run down the left but Sandilands held his line well from a tight angle and pulled off an early save.

Sundowns midfielder Lebohang Mokeona went on a surging run in the 12th minute on the left touchline, and his swinging cross presented some problems for the Chiefs' defence before the ball was cleared close to the line as the home side came close to conceding.

Hlompho Kekana tested Khune with two long range shots in the first period with the first coming in the 17th minute. In the 37th minute Kekana again tried his luck from distance, but it was straight at the Chiefs 'keeper.

Nearing the interval, the visitors had been dominating play with Chiefs relying on quick counter-attack that lacked fluency in the final third.

In the final minute of the first half Mokeona held the ball up in the middle before reeling off a shot from the edge of the area straight at Itumeleng Khune.

In the 58th minute, Ngcobo was left one-on-one with the keeper, before a Sundowns defender came to the rescue but the Chiefs' striker kept chasing and won the ball again.

With Sandilands stranded outside his box, Ngcobo calmly slotted the ball into the open goal to make it 1-0 to the hosts.

Chiefs came alive after the goal and they began to attack with purpose.

In the 71st minute, Josta Dladla had a golden opportunity to put the game beyond reach for Sundowns. He received the ball in the area and had plenty of space but was unable to find the vacant net with Sandilands pulling off a vital save.

Four minutes later, Tshabalala stepped up to take a free kick just outside the area on the right hand side, but his trademark left-footed thunderbolt went straight over goal.

Chiefs thought they had a penalty when Tshabalala was seemingly brought down in the area but he was instead yellow-carded for diving.

Sundowns went in desperate search of an equaliser but every time they lost the ball they were left wide open at the back.

In the 87th minute, Chiefs sealed the deal when Sundowns were again caught out at the back.

Tshabalala weaved his way down the left before reeling off an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net to secure the three points.

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Comments
  • mashudu.ronaldo - 2012-05-02 22:47

    khosi will rise again

  • Jean - 2012-05-02 22:48

    Thank u Kaizer ''family Business'' Chiefs, as a Sea Robber die hard, i was on loan, just for 90 4mins, thanks alot, till next year, take care of your self and each other, The Premiership is #Goneforgood

      Vuyo - 2012-05-02 22:56

      Don't be fooled we did not do it for you sea robber we just had a score to settle with those headless chickens from Mamelodi.....thanks 4 the support anyway.

  • Zeblo - 2012-05-02 23:04

    Dr I as kaizer chiefs fan I wld lyk 2 thnk u 4 doin gr8 job, u prvd us wrng, u a qualifyd coach nt assistant.

      Ngotshiwa - 2012-05-02 23:18

      we stil got hope go on guys win the last games guys i know mamelodi sundowns you guys ,you are the best ,complement of the seasons you did very well

      thabane.dladla - 2012-05-02 23:32

      Dream big zebras !!doctor had no choice 4 loses in a row????? Com on man even me can coach betta than those 3 mosquitoes.Up th bucs

      rivalani.mabasa - 2012-05-03 08:44

      100% right Caswell. Despite the recent unpleasant results, Doc deserves to be a permanent head coach to revive the culture of Mzantsi football.

      rivalani.mabasa - 2012-05-03 08:45

      100% right Caswell. Despite the recent unpleasant results, Doc deserves to be a permanent head coach to revive the culture of Mzantsi football.

  • Caswell Ndhlovu - 2012-05-02 23:13

    Dankie Doctor 4 de Gud Job, Kip it up!!!!!

  • howard.komati - 2012-05-02 23:13

    Sundowns will never beat chiefs i admit at last!

  • herman.mohapi - 2012-05-02 23:38

    Sry downs

  • imavengere - 2012-05-02 23:39

    Looks like a dream but its for real.Rise Khosi rise its not over until the last match .United we shall silence the critics.Well done Letsolonyane .

      nxulu3 - 2012-05-03 03:02

      Lol. Bra wake up its all over for chiefs now...the title is written PIRATES all over:)

  • mogale.tshidi - 2012-05-02 23:48

    DIY downs. No hard feelings, we just wanted to be in top 8 that's all. Try other teams.

  • Vincent - 2012-05-03 02:04

    Just to be in a top 8?! What happened to Chiefs of championships? We playing to survive in the PSL! At last Dr went back to \drawing board\. Too late though. Viva Free State Stars viva.

  • nxulu3 - 2012-05-03 02:56

    All I can say as a Pirates fan is THANK YOU K.chiefs!!!

      Wandile - 2012-05-03 04:18

      well done chiefs.bucs its up to you guys

      zinhlesithole.evryheid - 2012-05-03 05:38

      u can say it again 4 our benefits UP THE BUCS

  • Ayefeli Mudau - 2012-05-03 04:43

    i am a sundowns fan but K chief deserved that win

      michael.mudzanani - 2012-05-03 04:54

      Yes we won,just we play 4 mtn 8,nothing more,cause if we win all its going to be 52points,so to little to late.

  • Sango - 2012-05-03 06:04

    i'm a pirates fan all i can say is well done chiefs we did it.

  • afrikeni - 2012-05-03 06:54

    But please - why is the standard of SA soccer going down considering the rubbish we watched yesterday. No wonder Bafana struggles

      marumobongani - 2012-05-03 08:30

      I agree bra having watched eufa recent days this match was pure crap

  • Dumisani - 2012-05-03 07:23

    I'll smile for this win. But Doc and Ace, you still have to show us your numbers. All wins for the remaining matches plz.

  • sithembiso.mazibuko1 - 2012-05-03 07:36

    Dear Kaizer Chiefs I know we don't have the best father-son relationship but what you did last made daddy proud, congratulations. To show how proud I am of you, just this once I will allow you to shine my MTN 8, Telkom and ...........,qedela wena.lol, trophies. Yours Sincerely Orlando 'Buccaneer, Bhaka Bhaka, Bhaka Juju' Pirates a.k.a Dad P.S when you buy new zimbabwean players next season don't worry about payment daddy will fit the bill.lol

      Tumelo - 2012-05-03 17:57

      Uya bheda!

  • thabzathabelo - 2012-05-03 07:48

    i ws stil wth khosi,bt last nyt dey proved point dat cn be de best team nt development en khosi did mistake abt mathebula.Doc en Ace kip try ur best show dem hw cn be,i slute 4 khosi rize khosi rize.bounce

  • solly.japy - 2012-05-03 07:55

    as a bucs supporter i dnt tnk chiefs did us any favours,thy relievd da pressure on their unimpressive coaches.and also cementd thr top 8 status.

  • Nare - 2012-05-03 08:01

    the anchor yeast worked well last nite.....it raised the dough. well done zebras

  • Mack - 2012-05-03 08:24

    downs senior players lacks vision,,,,,,,,,,indeed teko posseses bad luck.next season he need to b released

  • ndifelanip2 - 2012-05-03 08:39

    weldone khosi u have done and make soweto proud.ABSA CUp 2 soweto .pirates or swalows

  • ndifelanip2 - 2012-05-03 08:44

    who will lift de cup? Swalows or pirates .i chose swalows

      mashudu.ronaldo - 2012-05-03 10:08

      Khosi will win

  • alfred.willie - 2012-05-03 08:54

    Congratulation, this shows me and others that the scheme of \ACE\ did listen to the supporters, well done guys. Thank you to all of you.

  • alfred.willie - 2012-05-03 08:54

    Congratulation, this shows me and others that the scheme of \ACE\ did listen to the supporters, well done guys. Thank you to all of you.

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