25 November 2012

South Africa: Kaizer Chiefs Suffer First League Defeat

Leaders Kaizer Chiefs suffered their first South African Premiership loss of the season when crashing 2-0 at Platinum Stars Saturday. Platinum capitalised on Chiefs' lethargy for two goals early in the first half in north-western mining town Rustenburg thanks to international midfielders.

Namibian Henrico Botes fired home from inside the penalty area in the 15th minute, and his pass across the box set up Botswana's Mogakolodi Ngele to strike the ball into the roof of the net nine minutes later.

Chiefs' rally during the second half proved fruitless against sterling defending by Platinum, whose victory moved them to fourth place, five points behind the pacesetters. Second-place Orlando Pirates are just one point behind Chiefs after they crushed Bidvest Wits 2-0 at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

A brilliant long strike from defender Thabo Matlaba in the 33rd minute put the 1995 African Champions Cup winners ahead and midfielder Tlou Segolela claimed the second goal from close range entering the closing stages. Wits' counter-attack attempts proved unsuccessful in the second half in torrential rain and they had a genuine penalty appeal rejected when striker Calvin Kadi was floored.

Arch rivals Pirates and Chiefs clash in the first Soweto derby of the season on December 8 with a sell-out 90,000 crowd likely at Soccer City for the highlight of the domestic season. Unfashionable Maritzburg United lie third , three points behind Pirates, after winning 3-1 away to 10-man Moroka Swallows with Zimbabweans Cuthbert Malajila and Terrance Mandaza and Ghanaian Frank Sarfo-Gyamfi scoring. Another Zimbabwean, Swallows' defender Gilbert Mapemba, was red carded in the first half at Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto for a reckless tackle soon after Nigerian Felix Obada equalised.

A Rodney Ramagalela brace handed Black Leopards their third victory this season as they triumphed 2-1 at promoted Pretoria University. Despite the home side dominating the first half, Ramagalela beat Zimbabwean goalkeeper Washington Arubi to give the visitors a 1-0 half-time advantage.

David Radebe equalised 10 minutes before time but the referee spotted a stoppage-time hand ball in the Pretoria box and Ramagalela converted the spot kick for a dramatic victory.

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