Stars dump Chiefs out of Cup

2012-04-15 08:03

Johannesburg - Free State Stars stunned Kaizer Chiefs in Polokwane on Saturday night, progressing to the Nedbank Cup semi-finals with a 1-0 victory over the Soweto giants.

Stars' superior strategy in the fixture came full circle with a 60th-minute winner from a Dove Wome header with the Chiefs defence poorly positioned.

It was Ea Lla Kkoto's second upset in the competition, having beaten defending champions Orlando Pirates in the previous round.

The Bethlehem outfit controlled the goalless first half, showing more cohesion than the pre-game favourites.

Stars attempted to close the hosts down while making calculated forward surges that easily penetrated the Chiefs defence.

Amakhosi were brilliant in patches, especially when talisman captain Siphiwe Tshabalala had the ball.

The home side were disjointed in their first match under caretaker coach Ace Khuse after the club parted ways with Serb Vladimir Vermezovic earlier in the week.

Chiefs forced the first chance of the match, however, with Tefu Mashamaite finding himself in the box to meet Tshabalala's cross, but he fired wide in the sixth minute.

Their next best opportunity came in the 22nd minute after a break from midfielder Willard Katsande who drew a save from Kennedy Mweene in the Stars goal.

Stars dangerman Edward Manqele found his side's first meaningful shot seconds later after a well worked move, though he missed wide.

Manqele then combined well with Mpho Makola, but his snap was pushed wide by Chiefs goalkeeper Arthur Bartman after 31 minutes.

Shortly before the break, Makola's cross on the right flank found Ayanda Gcaba, with the defender's header going over the bar.

Chiefs took control early in the second half as former Stars player S'thembiso Ngcobo drew a splendid reflex save from Mweene after a quick ball from Tshabalala.

This put them in the driving seat momentarily as Tshabalala also fashioned a free kick on the edge of the box that sailed narrowly over the bar.

Bartman then pulled off a stunning save, using his right foot to deny Mzikayise Mashaba near the hour mark, before the visitors took the lead.

Stars continued to put Chiefs on the back foot before Tshabalala nearly levelled matters for the Glamour side against the run of play in the 76th minute.

Chiefs were desperate for an equaliser as they brought on Josta Dladla, Mthokozisi Yende and Kaizer Motaung Junior in the final 15 minutes of the encounter.

Ngcobo attempted to meet Tshabalala's cross in the dying moments but finished wide as the feisty Free Staters held on.

The disciplined Stars outfit joined Mamelodi Sundowns in the last four with two more fixtures to be played on Sunday.


  • LordJerry007 - 2012-04-15 08:12

    cHIVs faithfools are feeling the pain day and night... Shapa FSS shapa

  • tpslower - 2012-04-15 08:44

    This Kaizer Chiefs team must be sold to China or anywhere in Asia, maybe that might save us the pain they cause us week & out, they change like weather with no consistency, well done Free State stars......

      ncobilejane - 2012-04-15 08:55

      soccer is lyk a wheel so i tnk sellin it is nt a gd idea i tnk d coach should try nd correct d mistakes dat cost dem d game

      Koos - 2012-04-15 09:06

      One word to describe chiefs: Paloekas.

  • marumobongani - 2012-04-15 08:46

    is not the jersey or many supporters that win matches

  • ncobilejane - 2012-04-15 08:51

    yesterday was nt chips day they wil win sumting nxt tym dnt loss hope khosi fan

  • sifiso808 - 2012-04-15 08:51

    shapa Freestate Stars shaaaaaaaaapppppppppaaaaa

  • Moss - 2012-04-15 09:05

    Chiefs is full of budgeting for nothing purchasing the foreigners instead of just buying south african players such as sanqwen who ws suppose to be our member n also selling key players like masenamela its end up affecting our feeling cos we love khosi ,try to spend once in a life time don't satisfy ur own needs please we also want to be happy too not only u think like ur thinking as if we r ur family n buy players !u will die n live the money u found it here u can't pocket it for ever it circulating think twice

      Koos - 2012-04-15 09:08

      Don't buy players. Get the to play first for the love of the game. Viva

  • sbu.lenyora - 2012-04-15 12:08

    lol lma0

      Andrew - 2012-04-15 16:55

      Looks like the Doctor and the Ace up the sleeve didn't work ;) how can you fire a coach in the week of a semi final?

  • gmaphumulo - 2012-04-15 12:57

    You reap wat yuu saw...hw cn Kaizer Motaung fire V.V...he dnt think cos da season is already over....he fire him nd expect to Win...the Cup is ours US sundowns

  • tpslower - 2012-04-15 13:10

    I love this team & for me winning is not the case anymore but playing quality soccer, which chiefs cnt do currently, now I think they need to look back @ development.......where the likes of Jabu surfaced....

  • dandy.thabo - 2012-04-15 17:47

    Hardluck Amakhosi , next time gents will keep Rising up !!

  • Ako - 2012-04-15 19:23

    I think the last attempt would be to appoint Jabu Pule to coach Chiefs

  • Cosmas - 2012-04-16 12:18

    out u go.........out, out, out...........looolest

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