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Nengomasha, Katsande set milestones in MTN Cup loss

[Posted 12 Sep 2011]
[By Beezsports Editor]
Nengomasha, Katsande set milestones in MTN Cup loss

Kaizer Chiefs and Zimbabwe international players Tinashe Nengomasha and Willard Katsande reached milestones in their soccer careers albeit in a losing cause, as their club lost 0-1 to Orlando Pirates in Extra Time of the MTN Super8 Cup final at the FNB Stadium on Saturday night.

Nengomasha made a stunning record of appearing in eleven (11) Cup finals in South African topflight football in the past eight (8) illustrious years of his Amakhosi career.

On Saturday night, The General eclipsed the record which he had shared with another Chiefs legend Thabo Mooki, of 10 appearances in major cup finals in South Africa.

Nengomasha has won eight of those eleven cup finals he has featured in Chiefs colours to date, and his hopes of making it nine wins out of eleven finals were dashed by the Extra Time's 16th minute goal by in-form Pirates midfielder Oupa Manyisa.

Manyisa, who has now scored twice in succession for the Buccaneers in the same competition this season, was allowed too much space following a free-kick, from where he unleashed a thunderbolt from about 30 metres.

Amakhosi and Bafana Bafana keeper Itumeleng Khune appeared to have had the shot covered, but a wicked bounce deceived the talented goalie, and it appeared like a yawning goalkeeper error, as the Pirates faithfuls celebrated the goal.

A closer analysis revealed that Khune was not solely to blame, if it was his fault at all. The defence appeared to have been ball watching and there was little the keeper could have done after the deeping shot took that nasty bounce with Khune already on the ground.

Meanwhile, Katsande made his much-awaited debut for Chiefs, and while the jury is still out on the Chiefs coach's wisdom of giving the new player his debut in a tricky derby final, the former Ajax Cape Town star did not really disappoint on the night.

Katsande and compatriot Lincoln Zvasiya had received their work permits on the eve of the Cup final.

Bute appeared to have quickly grasped the height and depth of derby matches, as he made frantic efforts to get the much needed equaliser for his new paymasters with ten minutes left on the clock.

Katsande made four off target attempts on goal from long range and his hunger was evident for all to see, but counted for little where goals matter more than efforts-in a cup final.

It was an agonising debut for Katsande, while The General never got the right moment to celebrate the new record he had set in South African football. The record was of little consequence to "Father" compared to the pain of losing the MTN Cup final to Pirates.    

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