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Komphela relieved after Stars' first win

By Mogomotsi Selebi | Aug 31, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Platinum Stars' coach Steve Komphela can now breathe a huge sigh of relief after registering his first win of the season on Saturday.

The Tycoons defeated Maritzburg United 1-0 at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in a game that, until the 87th minute, looked like it was heading for a stalemate.

The goal was struck by Reuben Thebakang after a brilliant pass from Jabu "Shuffle" Mahlangu in the 87th minute.

United played most of the game with 10 men after defender Musa Nyatama was given his marching orders in the 49th minute after receiving his second yellow card from referee Daniel Bennett.

United coach Gordon Igesund felt the red card was harsh. "I think the referee got it all wrong. I also feel that we should have got something out of the match. We were the better team on the day. We managed to put them under pressure and they were sitting back and waiting to catch us on the break."

Komphela, however, disagreed with his counterpart's assessment of the game. "I have to disagree with what Gordon has said. I think we had them on the back foot, and if we could have converted 50 percent of our chances, we could have easily won the match by four goals," he said.

Komphela was also happy to have Mahlangu and defender Mbulelo Mabizela back in the team. "It is a plus to have both Jabu and "OJ" back in the team. Their presence is important as it seems to inspire their teammates."

He said they will not be carried away by the win. "We have another tough match coming up against Mpumalanga Black Aces. They are a very good and aggressive team, and we'll need to be on top of our game if we are to win that match."

l Also on Saturday, Bidvest Wits and Bloemfontein Celtic drew 1-all at Milpark Stadium

l Lamontville Golden Arrows and Mpumalanga Black Aces failed to score in their match at Ackerville Stadium.


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