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Swallows triumph in MTN8 final

2012-09-22 22:25

Soweto - Moroka Swallows ended a 33-year wait for glory in the MTN8 by defeating SuperSport United 2-1 in the final at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.
 
Bennett Chenene scored the decisive goal four minutes from the end of regulation time after earlier goals from Franklin Cale and Giorgi Nergadze had left the teams deadlocked and seemingly headed for extra time.
 
Swallows appeared to settle the quicker of the two teams, but United surged ahead in the fifth minute. Sameehg Doutie played a defence-splitting pass to put Franklin Cale one-on-one with the goalkeeper and the winger easily finished to make it 1-0.
 
The Birds struck back on 18 minutes, with Giorgi Nergadze the unlikely goal scorer. The midfielder sent a long range shot past the right-hand of Rowen Fernandez and into the back of the net via the inside of the upright.
 
SuperSport almost reclaimed the lead immediately through defender Bevan Fransman, who flicked on from a Cale free kick and watched the ball flash agonisingly wide of the far post.
 
On 26 minutes Katlego Mashego should have put the Birds ahead, having cut inside Mor Diouf to be faced with only the ‘keeper to beat, but he scooped his effort over the crossbar from just a few metres out.
 
Just past the half hour mark it was United’s turn to threaten again, with Doutie exchanging passes with Sibusiso Zuma before seeing his goal-bound effort brilliantly turned away by Greg Etafia.
 
SuperSport had the first shot in anger of the second half, with Cale shooting through the defensive wall from a free kick only for Etafia to once again come up with a good stop.
 
Swallows then had a spell of pressure in which they almost forced a goal. Fernandez had to come up with a good save to keep out a Felix Obada shot from a tight angle, and Mor Diouf then cleared a Lerato Chabangu effort off the goal-line.
 
With just under 10 minutes to play, Swallows had a strong appeal for a penalty turned down when the ball struck Fransman on the arm in the box, and United then went on a quick counter attack which saw Khenyeza blaze a shot high and wide when he perhaps should have scored.
 
On 86 minutes Swallows finally got their goal, with a long ball springing the offside trap and sending Chenene through on goal. The in-form winger calmly lobbed the advancing Fernandez to make it 2-1 and hand Swallows the MTN8 crown.
 
 

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  • namedi.mphahlele.71 - 2012-09-22 22:32

    What a wonderful finish from the Dube Birds. Thank you everyone including the support from both the Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs supporters. The MTN8 Cup remains in Soweto. Up The Birds.

      patrick.makgeledise - 2012-09-22 22:45

      U got dat ryt Namedi, shapa swaiswai shapa.

  • mzabantu.ntakana - 2012-09-22 23:10

    Well done to moroka swallows for the biggest win they deserve it big up to them

  • mzabantu.ntakana - 2012-09-22 23:10

    Well done to moroka swallows for the biggest win they deserve it big up to them

  • ndlovux - 2012-09-22 23:19

    OMG Lerato Chabangu is on fire... he's the best thing that ever happened to Swallows...

  • evans.malatji.9 - 2012-09-23 04:19

    To moroka swallows team,coach,management,players,supporters,"i say thanks to the good foot ball skills you guys have shown ours it was really wonderful foot ball and you deserve that win"i will also like to say thanks to all foot ball lovers who went and witness these event,from different teams i have seen more support from chiefs supporters which was more visible,so i say thanks guys keep it going in the spirit of soccer.DONT FOLLOW ME BUT FOLLOW THE BIRDS.

  • Cyprian Kgotse - 2012-09-23 05:50

    maswaiswai were wonderful to watch yesterday, they were playing their hearts out n they deserved to win. shap swallows shapa!

  • magau.thomas - 2012-09-23 06:40

    Well done swallows u deserve this cup because u have work hard through the season.

      obadia.segwape - 2012-09-23 08:43

      MARUTI

      magau.thomas - 2012-09-23 13:58

      Yes obadia

  • Morena Moeketsi Maxwell - 2012-09-23 06:49

    it is an important archivement for the birds they deserve it

  • mokgadi.deborah - 2012-09-23 07:00

    Well done Swallows. R8 million is all yours.

  • lawrence.i.motladi - 2012-09-23 08:09

    Congratulations de birds can fly @ night we are happy 4 u amakhosi fans we salute u swallows

  • lawrence.i.motladi - 2012-09-23 08:10

    Congratulations de birds can fly @ night we are happy 4 u amakhosi fans we salute u swallows

  • lutendo1 - 2012-09-23 12:49

    congratulation to maswaiswai

  • mulalo.musenwa - 2012-09-24 20:33

    well done Dube Birds for the R8 million u won this weekend,Thanx

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