'vlad is the man'

THE smile on Kaizer Motaung's face after his club's victory over English Premiership big-spenders Manchester City in Tshwane on Saturday said it all.

THE smile on Kaizer Motaung's face after his club's victory over English Premiership big-spenders Manchester City in Tshwane on Saturday said it all.

This was after Jeffrey Ntuka scored the only goal of the Vodacom Challenge final at Loftus Stadium.

In all fairness, it was a well-deserved victory for Chiefs whose new Serbian coach Vladimir Vermezovic is still trying various combinations.

Chiefs defended very well, a good sign for the club's supporters and for their chances of collecting more silverware this season.

Against manager Mark Hughes's City, the South African giants were faced with some of the most expensive players in the world but made them look ordinary. The likes of Emmanuel Adebayor, Craig Bellamy, Benjani Mwaruwari and Robinho could not get the ball past goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune.

It was good to see youngsters like Tlou "Spanner" Molekwane, who were not intimidated when facing some of their role models.

Motaung believes Vermezovic is an excellent coach. He commended the Serbian mentor and his technical team for a job well done.

"It's still early days but I must say our preparations for the new season have gone very well. The Vodacom Challenge helped us a great deal," he said.

"I must compliment the coach who has given the players a run during the tournament. We played with different teams in all the three games."

Motaung, who made his debut for New York Chiefs against the visiting Manchester City in 1968, scoring and creating a goal, said they were looking forward to doing well in the Absa Premiership this season.

"It's going to be a tough season because we will play a lot of games in a short space of time (because of the 2010 World Cup), which will be a big challenge."

Molekwane, who has played for Majimbos, Amajita and the Under-23 national side, said: "It was tough against Manchester City but we knew that we were coming up against the big guns, so we had to perform.

"For us it was not about names, we were playing against a team and not individuals."

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