Absa Premiership

We derailed Gautrain - Madida

2014-10-23 16:08
Fani Madida (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Moroka Swallows caretaker coach Fani Madida says his side "derailed" Premiership log leaders Kaizer Chiefs after playing to a 1-1 draw at FNB Stadium on Wednesday night.

Chiefs dropped points for the first time this season after winning all their previous eight Premier League matches to open up a runaway lead at the top of the log. Described by their fans as "the Gautrain -- because no one can derail them", they had also taken the honours in cup matches this season.

"Well I think we can put that description to rest after we matched them all the way, and we actually held the lead for a substantial portion of the game," Madiba said.

Previously assistant coach at Swallows, Madida, a celebrated goal-scoring icon at Chiefs during his playing career, was elevated to the role of acting coach earlier in the week following the resignation of Zeca Marques.

"We had lost four Premier League games in a row and something radical appeared necessary to get The Birds back on course," Madida said.

"That is why I took a good look at our playing squad and decided to make seven changes in the line-up."

What might have been construed as a gamble worked well against the previously invincible team and Madida hoped to continue the rejuvenation of Swallows.

"It was certainly a highly emotional and challenging occasion for me, particularly because of my close connections with Chiefs in the past butt it all went well."

Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter said Amakhosi had started the game too cautiously, perhaps being wary of how a wounded team like Swallows, with a new coach at the helm, would react.

"We certainly improved in the second period and controlled the match," he said.

"Taking everything into account, I don't think we can grumble about our 100 percent record coming to an end. Having said that I'm never happy when we don't win a game."

Swallows took the lead in the 28th minute through Lucky Baloyi's inspired, half-volley into the roof of the net from outside the penalty area.

Reneilwe Letsholonyane produced an equaliser midway through the second half with a close-range volley which matched Baloyi's effort for sheer class.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Friday, 15 December 2017
Cape Town City FC v AmaZulu FC, Cape Town Stadium 20:00
Saturday, 16 December 2017
Mamelodi Sundowns v Bloemfontein Celtic, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 15:30
Chippa United v Polokwane City, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 15:30
Free State Stars v Orlando Pirates, Goble Park 18:00
Wits v Platinum Stars, Bidvest Stadium 20:15
Kaizer Chiefs v Ajax Cape Town, Moses Mabhida Stadium 20:15
Sunday, 17 December 2017
Baroka FC v SuperSport United, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Golden Arrows v Maritzburg United, Princess Magogo Stadium 15:30
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.