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Motaung Jnr's winner over Downs intensifies title race

[Posted 08 Jan 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Motaung Jnr"s strike lifts Chiefs to within only a point of Sundowns

Kaizer Motaung Junior justified his rare inclusion in the starting eleven, to win it for Kaizer Chiefs against Mamelodi Sundowns at FNB Stadium, and bring his father's team within a point of their opponents on the ABSA Premier Soccer League log.

The top of the clash match proved a very difficult game, and neither team was willing to expose themselves in the first stanza, which saw both teams playing with somewhat bloated midfields.

Sundowns' intentions in the first half were clearly to catch Amakhosi on the counter, as they employed Mabhuti Khenyeza as a lone man upfront, as opposed to their opponents who had the mercurial Knowledge Musona and Motaung Jnr as twin strikers.

It came as little wonder that the first real threat at goal came from, who else but Musona only in the 38th minute.

Musona, arguably the ABSA Premiership player of the moment thus far this season, attempted to curl a beautiful kick to the far left side of Wayne Sandilands from outside the box.

Beautiful thinking and almost intelligent execution from the youngster. Unfortunately for the Chiefs striking sensation, the effort just missed the left upright pole, and what a beautiful goal it could have been!

Before that, Franklin Cale had directed a free-kick straight at Itumeleng Khune, and the attempt at goal did not trouble the Bafana Bafana goalminder at all.

The second half saw some urgency in both teams' type of play, but it was Chiefs who demonstrated real intention to get a goal.

Twelve minutes after resumption, Amakhosi made trademark beautiful build-ups from the back. From the back, Siphiwe Tshabalala received a perfect pass, and equally superb was his quick delivery into the box.

Musona and Motaung Jnr were waiting for the delivery in the box, and it was the latter who got to the end of the cross, beating Method Mwanjali in the air to drive a well-timed header past a bemused Sandilands.

The goal was such a relief to the son of Chiefs owner Kaizer Motaung, who last scored in December 2009. After the goal the striker spurned any celebrations with fellow players and rushed to the touchline to hug his coach in his moment of relief at finally scoring a goal.

Vladimir Vermezovic was equally ecstatic at the end of the match, as his team managed to defend the lone goal to take their tally to 26 points, just a point behind Sundowns who remain log leaders with 27 points.    

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