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Musona, Tau goals confirm Aces' relegation

[Posted 17 Apr 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Musona, Tau goals confirm Aces" relegation

Kaizer Chiefs captain Jimmy Tau and fit-again star striker Knowledge Musona scored two crucial goals to give Chiefs and Mpumalanga Black Aces contrssting fortunes in the ABSA Premier Soccer League on Saturday afternoon at Perr Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

In a match in which both sides needed maximum points to keep alive their ABSA Premiership dreams, albeit from different ends of the table, the first half produced no goals, but plenty of action and talking points.

Chiefs made their intentions very clear early on when Aces keeper Dennis Onyango, voted man of the match, denied Musona twice in the first 10 minutes of the game.

In the 3rd minute, the 20-year old Zimbabwean marksman completed a swift move by the home side, and Onyango did well to punch the ball away, but he had to be assisted by the upright pole to further deny Musona his 13th goal of the season.

Within a minute later, Musona returned to toment Aces, but as has been the case for the Chiefs talisman since January, lucky was not on his side as Onyango pulled another great save as the Smiling Assasin attempted to pick his spot from a rebound.

As Chiefs laid siege in the Aces half, the log anchorers' defence played for their lives and managed to repel much of what the Soweto giants threw at them.

Before the hour mark, it was Mthokozisi Yende's turn to miss, as his rising shot sailed over the cross bar from a good sccoring opportunity, and Chiefs coach Vladimir Vermzovic was to spend much of the first half directing his frustrations at the bottles of water near him.

The 2nd half started just as the first for Chiefs. VV introduced Sthembiso Ngcobo for Yende, in a clear sign that he needed goals. Musona was forced to drift wide to the right.

Aces continued to feel the pressure of Chiefs' attacking power, yet they returned from the break with the belief that they could get something out of the match. They frustrated the hosts with their solid defending and sporadic attacks on Itumeleng Khune's goal.

If there was a moment when Aces thought that they could could get something out the match, even the three points on offer, then it was the 65th minute when Burundi national team captain Valery Nahayo was shown a straight red for a professional foul on Aces' captain Mpho Maleka as the latter prepared to sprint towards goal.

One can not falt the referee Robert Sithole as the Chiefs defender brought down a striker who was in a great scoring position. Nahayo probaly saved Chiefs as a goal for Aces could surely have changed the complexion of the game at that point.

Despite being a man down, it was Chiefs who troubled Aces with the speed and skills of youngsters George Ngobese and Musona on either wings.

As Chiefs relied more on counter attacks, being a man down, Musona was released by Tau on the right, and as has become his custom, the 20-year old star unselfishly picked up a man in the box, Ngobese, whose attempted strike was blocked by Onyango, but only as far as Tau, who scored the opening goal for Amakhosi.

Musona then scored Chiefs' assurance/insurance goal, through the use of his speed and skill to beat the Aces defence, before expertly slotting it past the advancing Onyango.

The 2-0 result confirmed Aces' relegation, and helped Chiefs to move to second on the log, a position which they lost 24hours later when Orlando Pirates beat Platinum Stars to shoot to the top of the log with 56 points.

Ajax Cape Town had taken pole position earlier on Friday after beating Golden Arrows 3-1 in Cape Town. They now trail Pirates on goal difference, though both teams have 56 points.

This title race is proving to be one of the most interesting over the years.

Practically, four teams still have the potential to win the league with 3 games left. Apart from Chiefs (53 points) Pirates and Ajax, fourth placed Mamelodi Sundowns (51 points) have the potential to win the league title.

At 51, Sundowns, whose weekend match has been postponed due to waterlogging in Durban, can potentially move to 54 points should they win their outstanding fixture against Amazulu.

On the Goal scorers' chart, Musona has now overtaken Katlego Mphela within a week, wrestling away the position he lost when injuries saw his goal scoring form desert him since January. Musona sits aloft with 13 goals, one ahead of Mphela.

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