Celtic crowned champions

2012-12-01 22:26

Durban - Bloemfontein Celtic were crowned Telkom Knockout champions for the first time after Joel Mogorosi’s controversial second-half goal helped them secure a 1-0 victory over Mamelodi Sundowns in the final at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night.

The goal came after 47 minutes when the midfielder headed in at the back post, although replays on whether the whole ball crossed the line were inconclusive.

Referee Phillip Tinyani nonetheless awarded the goal after linesman Thembisile Windvoel raised his flag, despite the efforts of defender Clayton Daniels to clear on the line.

The Brazilians failed to conjure up any meaningful threat thereafter and slipped to a second cup final loss in seven months, while Clinton Larsen’s men held on for the R4.25m prize -the third major trophy in their history and first since 2005.

The men from Pretoria came out firing early on with Teko Modise orchestrating all the attacking movement for his side.

And the Bafana Bafana midfielder had the first opening when he forced Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb to dive to his right and turn the ball away for a corner after a testing effort from the edge of the box.

Celtic finally managed a decent attack after 17 minutes when Lennox Bacela burst down the left, beat his man and shot low, only to have his effort scrambled away by Wayne Sandilands.

Siwelele were then almost made to pay for losing the ball in attack as Modise led a swift break, which ended with Richard Henyekane shooting tamely at Tignyemb.

Themba Zwane and Henyekane then played a superb one-two that allowed the former to speed into the box, but his shot was poked wide, while at the other end Ruzaigh Gamildien’s sharp turning saw him beat two men, before arrowing centimetres past the right upright.

The rapid pace and flow of the game continued past the half hour mark and Abel Mabaso’s rising attempt from the right was tipped over for a corner Tignyemb.

That proved the last chance of the first half as the two sides went level into the break.

But almost straight after the restart, the Free Staters went ahead.

A short corner from Lyle Lakay was then delivered to the back post by Limbikani Mzava where Mogorosi, who scored for the third time in the 2012 competition, was waiting to head his side ahead.

Gamildien almost doubled the advantage four minutes later when he got onto the end of another splendid counter-attack and shot agonisingly past the upright.

Sundowns finally responded when Modise controlled skilfully on the edge of the box, before shooting wide.

And with the clock winding down, Bacela twice missed a golden chance to seal the win when he struck the upright first, followed by Sandilands turning it wide for a corner at the near post.

Nyasha Mushekwi missed Sundowns’ only other opening, as Johan Neeskens’s men fell to defeat.


Sundowns: Sandilands; Mabaso, Daniels, Schut, Langerman; Nyandoro, Zwane; Henyekane (Mushekwi 75’), Modise, Julies (Laffor 59’); Rodgers

Celtic: Tignyemb; Nthethe, Mzava (Leonard 83’), Isaacs, Mahoa; Madubanya (Duiker 60’), Arwuah; Mogorosi, Gamildien, Lakay (Motshegwa 76’); Bacela


  • Patrick Dlamini - 2012-12-01 22:32

    sorry SUN-NDUKU sorry

  • donald.mokonyama - 2012-12-01 22:32

    E padile Sandawana bannaaaa...

  • heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2012-12-01 22:36

    I'm white and proud to call myself a celtic fan great game and congrats on a fantastic win all the best for the future

  • magau.thomas - 2012-12-01 22:40

    Sorry teko modise

  • mncedi - 2012-12-01 22:46

    NoSkills and BadLuck Modise must go!

  • spillies - 2012-12-01 22:48

    Fantastic Celtic. From another white Celtic fan. Proud of my guys.

      zukile.mbengo - 2012-12-02 00:32

      Dnt come with a race card here you are celtic fan that's all we don't care what colour you are

  • mncedi - 2012-12-01 22:53

    NoSkills and BadLuck Modise must go!

  • mncedi - 2012-12-01 22:53

    NoSkills and BadLuck Modise must go!

  • matimu.milwood - 2012-12-01 23:05

    The former so called-barcelona whatever must just resign, just sick n tired

  • Stefan Erasmus - 2012-12-01 23:08

    Well done Celtic! the whitys are so proud!

  • mabhekana.nzuza - 2012-12-01 23:14

    Thuli Madonsela must start 2 interven on Soccer Sport, firstly this match officials failed fitness test, how are they going 2 officiate this games, it's about time that Sylvesta Ndaba stop defending this puppet refer'ys.

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-12-01 23:28

    Well done Celtics that was short and sweet!

  • Tebogo Thape - 2012-12-01 23:32

    chockers at it's best....well its a well deserved victory for Celtics.

  • thamsanqa.d.mahlangu - 2012-12-01 23:41

    Mara wats wrong with Sundowns.....

      Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-12-02 05:34

      The players no longer believe in their coach.

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-12-01 23:43

    I bet you if Teko can become a Minister of Finance in our country then our economy will take a nose dive. Wake up Patrice!!

  • Thabo Dijoe - 2012-12-02 00:43

    And i bet majority expected sundowns to win over siwelele, well those days are over. competition is very tough now, we enjoy a game expecting any outcome. same should apply to politics.

  • jabu.chiloane - 2012-12-02 01:24

    Welldone Bloemfontein Celtic, You deserve the Trophy!!

  • more.pido - 2012-12-02 03:26

    nna kelesele,ref kelesele,zuma kelesele,juju kelesele,

  • levy.buti.1 - 2012-12-02 05:41

    Still teko;s badluck struck @ downs yo! Dis guy is consistant on loosing

  • sol.ramajela - 2012-12-02 06:55

    Sundows seems to be experiencing what our national Team Bafana Bafana has experienced and still experiencing. They play beautiful footbal but fail to score. I am just feeling sorry for Teko that this is Africa and myth is beleived and I hope he doesn't get victimised for the lack of luck for his team.

  • patrick.makgeledise - 2012-12-02 08:02

    Somethn is vey wrong at chloorokop. Sundowns cant keep losing matches like this.

  • kabelo.ramawela.9 - 2012-12-02 08:03

    Nice game guys

  • georgebrightons - 2012-12-02 08:06

    Congragulations 2 Celtics. Tragedy 4 Sundowns. Mogorosi of Celtics is a star in the making. Bright future for coach Larsen. I don't know what will happen to coach Neeskens, but in sport someone must win and someone must loose. The only thing with Motsepe is to fire the technical as it seems third force exist to sabotage coach Neeskens.

  • Maemarous - 2012-12-02 08:44

    There are 3 facts here with respect to this game. Fact 1; Celtics was a better team than my Sundowns and as such deserved to win! Fact 2; The goal as per FIFA rules is not a goal unless the whole circumference of the ball crosses the line and IT DIDN'T last night. Fact 3; Neeskens is a very lucky man, the worst coach of Sundowns but he still has his job.

  • thabelothabi.munyai - 2012-12-02 08:46

    Sundowns need a qualified coach as soon as posible be4 their ship sink down the bottom of the sea

      Thabo Dijoe - 2012-12-02 09:19

      They have. The players are just not up to it, thats the problem. If possible, players are the ones to be replaced.

      jan.jansevanvuuren - 2012-12-03 14:12

      Nothing wrong with the couch the players must have to stick with there teamplanning the couch was not on the field?

  • nghamula.mdunwazi - 2012-12-02 09:28

    Teko modise has been cursed.if you don't want to win a cup but active on the pitch recruit him.

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-12-02 10:06

    The 4-1 win over KC on MTN 8 quarterfinals has brought Mamelody Sundowns all the bad luck.

  • mbambo.shi - 2012-12-02 10:50

    Salary discrepencies amongst players at Chloorkop, is a primary problem for their consistence trailing. Even Zuma Eleven can brace themselves if inequality is not utgently addressed.

  • chris.jikijela.1 - 2012-12-02 11:30

    Is this guy a real coach?

  • Vince Lethu Ka Nkonyeni - 2012-12-02 13:36

    siwelele deserved that win yestaday it was about time they they get somthing after a long time!

  • phillipm.seopa - 2012-12-02 16:03

    I now believe that indeed Teko has been cursed. An outrageous experience.

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