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Chiefs exact Pirates revenge, tops log

[Posted 18 Sep 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Sweswe was voted Man-of-the-match as Kaizer Chiefs beat Pirates 2-1 in a league match on Saturday

Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates continued one of Africa's fiercest derbies on Saturday afternoon, and for the first time in four duels, Chiefs emerged victorious, avenging three defeats in a row, and with the victory came three precious points and a return to the top of the ABSA Premier Soccer League log.

Amakhosi played like a team on a mission to  restore battered image with a clinical first half display in which they raced to a 2-0 lead.

Even the absence of midfield general Tinashe Nengomasha did not dampen the spirits of the Amakhosi, as Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Siphiwe Tshabalala and youngster Lucky Baloyi dominated the midfield battle against the likes of Andile Jali, Oupa Manyisa and Tlou Segolela of Pirates.

Chiefs scored their first goal  in the 27th minute through a well taken free-kick by Bernard Parker,with the Bafana striker scoring his first PSL goal since joining Amakhosi from Dutch club FC Twente.

Shortly thereafter Chiefs were forced to replace Baloyi with Willard Katsande after the talented youngster was injured, but Chiefs still enjoyed superiority in the middle of the park.

Jali was guilty of Chiefs' second goal,as his careless attempt to dribble past opposition strikers backfired, as he was dispossesed by Josta Dladla who quickly fed Tshabalala,and Shabba could not make a mistake from that position,to give the hosts a 2-0 lead.

The introduction of Clifford Ngobeni in the second half lifted Bucs, and the started taking the game to the Phefeni Boys.

Chiefs however continued to hold the fort in midfield and defence where Thomas Sweswe put on a man-of-the match performance to keep the Sea Robbers' strike force at bay.

The Buccaneers had the last say in the match, with Happy Jele scoring with a brilliant acrobatic kick in the box from a corner kick delivery.

Jele's strike was nonetheless a little too late,coming as it did in injury time. Amakhosi were 2-1 victors, and Vladimir Vermozovic will celebrate a sweet revenge over his counterpart at Bucs, Julio Leal.

With the victory, Chiefs ended the weekend back on top  following the defeat of Mamelodi Sundowns by visiting Ajax Cape Town on Sunday in Pretoria. Supersport who were joint leaders with Sundowns before the weekend's matches were held to a 2-2 draw by Jomo Cosmos on Saturday.

Amakhosi leadthe standings with 12 points from five matches,and Supersport are second with 11 points from the same number of matches. 



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