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Chiefs' Cape curse

[Posted 29 Nov 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Lebese of Chiefs tussles for possession against Ditheko Mototo of Vasco in Saturday"s PSL match

Kaizer Chiefs lost another set of three points to yet another Cape Town-based team in an ABSA Premier Soccer League match . This time, Amakhosi were painfully beaten 2-3 by visiting Vasco da Gama in a PSL encounter on Saturday night.

Amakhosi had suffered their first league loss to Santos, another Cape Town team, in Johannesburg about three weeks ago when they lost 0-1 at home at hme to the visitors, despite having dominated the match for long periods.

Chiefs managed to redeem themselves by beating Orlando Pirates 3-1 days later, and followed that impressive result with a 1-0 win over Santos in a Telkom cup semi-final match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium last week.

On Saturday night, the Cape curse returned to haunt Vladimir Vermozovic's team when they found  themsleves 3-1 before the 85th minute. Ever-green utility striker Knowledge Musona reduced the damage in the 85th minute to make the scoreline respectable for a team of Chiefs stature.

Vasco da Gama made Chiefs' millions in the bank account compared to their "broke' status account for nothing when they made their more fancied opponents play second fiddle in the opening minutes of the first half.

The Capetonians were rewarded for their industry as early as the 9th minute when Jonathan Armogam scored after beating a number of Chiefs defenders.

Chiefs equalised in the 31st minute when Musona weaved his magic to set up Abia Nale who cooly finished what looked like an easy effort. Vasco went ahead again in the 56th minute through the in-form Sibusiso Zuma.

The visistors were to add a third goal in the 82nd minute through Jonathan Fransman. Chiefs then tried to rally from behind, and Knowledge Musona scored Chiefs' second to give the Amakhosi hopes of a great comeback.

Vasco successfully defended their goal against the home team's onslaught led by the enterprising Musona and substitute Lucky Khune.

The Chiefs' coach had his tactics of resting three key players for the Telkom final back-fire. Siphiwe Tshabalala, Reneilhwe Letsolonyane and Itumeleng Khune did not take part in Saturday's proceedings, leaving Musona to do much of the probing up front alone.


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