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'Shoe-shine and piano' froze Chiefs

By unknown | Feb 05, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Linda Moreotsene

Scores of Mamelodi residents partied into the night on Saturday in celebration of the home side's 2-1 Castle Premiership win over Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Stadium in Pretoria.

The celebrations brought back memories of townships during Bafana Bafana's reign as African Champions, with most of the talk centered on a brilliant spell of passing reminiscent of the "shoe-shine and piano days".

The intricate short-passing game, which left Chiefs' players frozen, prompted a delighted Sundowns president Patrice Motsepe to quip, "I'm a huge fan of township soccer", to reporters after the game.

But it was not plain sailing, especially after Lerato Chabangu had scored Sundowns' second goal in the 51st minute, and Jose Torrealba had been sent off for dissent. Chiefs were fighting tooth and nail to draw level and Downs coach Gordon Igesund was forced to pull off Godfrey Sapula for new signing Brent Carelse.

The teams had gone into half time level at 1-all, with Torrealba scoring for his side in the 11th minute and Chiefs' goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez burying his retaken penalty kick, awarded after David Kannemeyer was judged to have fouled Kaizer Motaung.

Fernandez earlier beat Brian Baloyi from the spot but his attempt was disallowed as teammate Gerald Sibeko had stepped into the box before the kick.

Downs midfielder Surprise Moriri, who started the passing frenzy (estimated at 30 touches), said it was designed to starve Chiefs of the ball.

"We have indeed practiced the move at training. We knew one day we will need it, and fortunately it worked for us on the day."

Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp bemoaned the rare mistake by Fernandez that led to the winning goal. The keeper palmed Josta Dladla's shot back into play, leaving Chabangu with an easy tap-in.

Igesund, no doubt smug after claims he would kill Sundowns' fluid passing game, said: "The message was put out there today and from now on my players will do the talking for me on the field."


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