Can Platinum Stars keep shining?

2013-11-23 22:53

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After Platinum Stars’ victory over Kaizer Chiefs last night, the obvious question is: will they make it twice over Orlando Pirates?

Thanks to Thabiso Semenya’s 52nd-minute goal, there will be another cup final featuring Stars and Pirates after their clash in the MTN8 final, which Stars won on penalties.

This time, it will be the Telkom Cup in Mbombela on December 7.

Semenya took advantage of Chiefs’ poor defending, slotting in Tintswalo Tshabalala’s corner kick into the back of the net – much to the amazement of Baxter’s ball-watching charges.

Stars again proved their might by knocking out Chiefs in the semifinals, the team that has won this competition a record three times in its current guise.

Dikwena are now gunning for their second consecutive silverware after snatching the MTN8 trophy two months ago against Pirates.

Amakhosi have no one to blame but themselves after wasting scoring opportunities and dominating the first stanza of the game.

George Lebese was the first culprit, failing to control inside the box a well-timed pass from Siphiwe Tshabalala and denying the Phefeni Glamour Boys an opportunity for an early lead.

Hardly 10 minutes later, Keegan Ritchie had his own, firing a grass-cutter straight into Siyabonga Mpontshane’s hands and team-mate Bernard Parker failed to convert after a rebound from Dikwena’s last line of defence.

Stars’ defensive approach frustrated Chiefs, which were a far better team in the opening stanza, but couldn’t break through the likes of Benson Mhlongo and Tshepo Gumede.

Baxter’s charges frustration was so much so that Lebese and Itumeleng Khune were both booked in the 37th minute for yelling at referee Victor Gomes.

Stars, who finished second in the league last year and continue to be a force to be reckoned with in Mzansi’s football fraternity, will be looking to win their second Telkom Knockout after lifting the inaugural one in 2006.

Will the lightning strike twice when they meet Pirates again?

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