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Musona scores in the Soweto derby

[Posted 12 Sep 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Musona scored against Pirates yesterday. He has scored 3 times for Chiefs so far this season

The SOWETO derby between Orlando Pirates (home team) and Kaizer Chiefs (visiting team) lived up to expectations yesterday at the FNB stadium, with Knowledge Musona scoring a priceless away goal for Chiefs in the second half of the MTN Super 8 semi-final first leg match to secure Amakhosi a 1-1 draw with the Amabhakabhaka.

The match opened at a frenetic pace with the home team threatening Chiefs' goal area several times in the opening stages. Midfielder Isaac Chansa threatened Itumeleng Khune's goal as early as 51 seconds into the match when he tested Khune with a low shot.

Pirates continued to enjoy more possession without really threatening Chiefs. On the contrary, Amakhosi looked more threatening with great build-ups from their full-backs. They used great team work to cause all sorts of problems for the Bucaneers' defence.

Knowledge Musona was the obvious target of the Bucs defence, and  defender Rooi Mahamutsa kept a very close eye on the Zimbabwean dangerman. Each time the Chiefs talisman got on to the ball, there were several black shirts around him.

Despite the close attention he received from the 'Ezemnyama ngenkani' defence, Musona looked very dangerous with his close ball control, dribbling and mazy runs towards goal. He made real threatening shots at goal and forced a great save from reigning keeper of the year Moneeb Josephs in the first half. 

Late in the first half, Musona also threatened with a blistering shot which narrowly missed Josephs' left upright post after beating several Bucs players from the left.

Chiefs new signing and Musona's strike partner Sthembiso Ngcobo gave Bucs' defence a few anxious moments in the first half, but inspite of showing skill in beating defenders on the left, his delivery for strike partner Musona were always poor.

It was Chansa who broke the deadlock two minutes into the Second half, when he scored from a Dane Klate corner kick when Chiefs defence was caught flat-footed. The Zambian has been enjoying a purple patch since returning to Pirates from Sweden where things never really worked out for the gifted player.

Amakhosi equalised through one beauty of a goal from man of the moment, Musona. Jimmy Tau crossed the ball from the right. Musona superbly controlled the ball without much pressure from the out-of-position Mahamutsa. The 20-year old made a cheeky turn and beat Josephs all systems out.

Something interesting about the goal was that when Musona controlled the ball in the box, several Bucs players closed in, yet the youngster had the ability to twist Josephs and leave him sprawling on the ground as he sent him the wrong way as if it was a spot-kick.

The skill and technique exhibited by Musona can easily win him a lucrative contract even with a team like Barcelona if the Barca scouts were at hand to witness a goal that was wrapped in beauty.

With the MTN quarter-final between the two Soweto giants delicately tied at 1-1, there is all to play for in the second leg which will still be hosted by the maginificent FNB Stadium on the 25th September.

Chiefs might have an advantage, having scored an away goal yesterday, but there are no guarantees in derbies. Amakhosi have been around long enough to realise that.

There is still everything to play for, and about 75 000 fans expected to attend the 2nd leg will be guaranteed another exciting 90 minutes of play come 25 September. 

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