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'i'll cherish derby goal'

By unknown | May 12, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Kaizer Chiefs midfielder David Mathebula said he will cherish the solitary goal he scored against Orlando Pirates in Mmabatho on Saturday.

What made it all the more special was that he was featuring in a derby between Chiefs and Pirates for the time.

"Scoring a goal in a derby match does not come often. It was my first goal in a derby, you can imagine how excited I am, Mathebula said.

"We deserved to win to consolidate our chances of finishing the season inside the R1 million [top eight] bracket."

While the usual season opening top eight competition may be dead and buried, clubs finishing in that bracket are guaranteed R1 million at the end of the season.

Chiefs are under pressure to finish in that bracket after ending ninth last season, which made it impossible for them to defend their top eight title of the previous season.

Chiefs coach Muhsin Ertugral said: "We played well and deserved the three points. We need to work hard in the remaining two games to finish in the top eight."

Pirates coach Owen Da Gama said: "I'm disappointed we gave away a goal on a silver platter. We also had numerous clear-cut scoring opportunities.

"What do you do as a coach in such a situation?"

As Da Gama and I were chatting in the dressing rooms, Bucs administration executive Floyd "Jomo" Mbele walk in.

The articulate Mbele exchanged pleasantries with Da Gama, which was a indication they are now on talking terms.

Indeed, it was a well-deserved victory for Amakhosi who were the more organised of the two teams in the popular derby.

Pirates had several scoring opportunities but, as usual, they failed to convert them after a good start.

The goal-shy Pirates finished the game with 10 men after the out of sorts Mlungisi Gumbi was sent off for a second bookable offence.

The only goal of the match came in the 24th minute when Mathebula easily tapped home a cross from Shaun Bartlett on the right.

Pirates fought back in the dying minutes but lacked composure in front of goals.

They felt they had won a penalty in the 80th minute, arguing that defender Fabian McCarthy handled before clearing Bennet Chenene's effort. But referee Charl Theron waved play on.

Bucs felt Theron also denied them a goal after Excellent Walaza scored in the 86th minute, but the referee ruled that the latter kicked goalie Itumeleng Khune before winning possession.


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