Spurs get taste of Amakhosi passion

2011-07-16 20:25

Kaizer Chiefs scored their maiden victory over English Premiership guests in the Vodacom Challenge and will face Orlando Pirates in the final play-off with their tails high thanks to a late George Lebese strike.

The 22-year-old, who was used sparingly in the previous league campaign, gave Chiefs a positive start in a tournament in which they – along with Pirates – often falter at the first hurdle.

Although the two sides dished out nothing extraordinary, they gave their sets of fans a sneak preview of what to expect in the upcoming Absa Premiership and the English Premiership campaigns.

This was evident from the two coaches’ mass substitution, with this match being their first practice in a game situation.

Spurs’ Harry Redknapp introduced seven changes that included local boy and defender Bongani Khumalo, England
internationals Peter Crouch and Aaron Lennon as well as France’s Younes Kaboul and Russian Roman Pavlyuchenko.

Chiefs coach Vladimir Vermezovic also paraded his high-profile off-season signings – striker Lehlohonolo Majoro and defender Tefu Mashamaite.

It was these substitutes that injected some fire into what was a rather average opening half in terms of the chances created.

The Amakhosi mentor started the match with a new-look defence of Dominic Isaacs and Thomas Sweswe at centre-back and Jimmy Jambo at left-back after they lost Valery Nahayo to Belgian champions KAA Gent at the end of last season.

Majoro was used more on the left as opposed to an all-out ­attack with Kaizer Motaung Jr the key striker in the formation that saw Siphiwe Tshabalala ­being deployed behind the strikeforce.

The AmaZulu top scorer from last season, Majoro, gave a good showing. His runs off the ball and numerous attempts at goal gave Cameroonian defender Sebastien Bassong a scare each time he surged forward.

But the 24-year-old Majoro fluffed what could have been his grand entrance in the Amakhosi colours when he shot wide from a rebound on the half-way mark when a simple tap-in would have gone past Italian Carlo ­Cudicini in Spurs goal.

But that was one of the differences in play between the two sides. Spurs played a basic game and kept shape when they lost possession as well as a few shots by their strikers even under close attention from the Chiefs defenders.
Another difference was in transition.

In the opening five minutes, Chiefs exchanged about 10 passes but the visitors had already tested goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune twice in the same period with just a few touches on the ball.

Amakhosi’s first real shot at goal was Tshabalala’s effort that almost hit a bird in the sky.

Then he just missed the target with a scorcher reminiscent of his strike in the opening match of the Fifa 2010 World Cup.

Local boy and Spurs midfield- player Steven Pienaar did not make the line-up or even the bench owing to injury while compatriot and former SuperSport United captain Khumalo was brought in for Bassong midway into the second half.

The tourists will face Pirates at Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga on Tuesday evening and then await the final for the winner of the Soweto Derby in Port Elizabeth on Thursday.

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