Friday, September 26, 2008

Chiefs Proven To be The Cup Specialist

What a battle! What drama as Kaizer Chiefs managed to win the inaugural MTN 8 cup final beating Mamelodi Sundowns 4-3 on penalties in a nail biting 0-0 draw after extra time in a pulsating final played at the Absa Stadium on Tuesday night.
Downs who created far more chances have only themselves to blame and should have wrapped up this match in 90 minutes. But they failed where it mattered most – in front of goal. Downs coach Trott Moloto took a gamble by selecting former Amakhosi ace Collins Mbesuma in place of injured Sibusiso Zuma. Although the Zambian star showed he will be an asset in the months to come he was far from the form that made him the lethal striker that netted 35 goals in helping Chiefs win the PSL championship in 2005.

Sundowns had the better of an entertaining first half in which they had the Chiefs defence in a lot of trouble but failed to capatalise on the chances they created. Amakhosi lacking the depth of Downs also created chances but they wasted too many passes in the final third. The Amakhosi midfield failed to link up with their strikers Jose Torrealba and Gert Schalkwyk.
The Brazilians most glaring miss in the opening half came in the 24nd minute when Josta Dladla wasted a sitter and showed his lack of confidence in front of goal by opting to pass when he was in a good position to shoot and try and break the deadlock. Dladla latched on to a killer ball from Lerato Chabangu on the right wing, cut inside but instead of trying to beat the advancing Itumeleng Khune in Chiefs goal he opted to pass to Mbesuma but the pass was a poor one and the Zambian international failed to get a touch and the ball rolled over the goalline to safety. (From chiefs website)
It was clear that South Africa National squad does not have strikers, many clear cut oppotunities were missed during Sundowns and Chiefs game. It remains a challenge to the Bafana Bafana couch, Santana still have a long way to in a short period of time. If players like suprise Moriri, who are the most trusted in Bafana Bafana are still missing chances like that, then i see no success in the world cup. south African players still need to be tought, the basics of the foot ball. Just imagene A professional player, especially a National one who is still can not simply put the ball at the back of the net. The truth is South African strikers miss a lot of chances, in 14 shoots a striker can score one goal, thats what I realised. How are we going to compete with the side like portugal when we still cant compete in our southern region, not even to mention the central Africa.
I was impressed on how how the Kaizer Chiefs defence closed "the dead man" Mbesuma. I dont know what went wrong with this player because He was on top of his games when he left to overseas. beside of being out of form, he should have shown that, he was the one who has broken the Kaizer Chiefs asssistant chouch Fani Madida record of 35 goals. Mostepe must have been disapointed with Mbesuma I'm sure.
South African has been trying to uproot talents from young stars, by making a coca cola Stars competition. but I'm not satisfied by the way the development programmes are run. I have seen many young stars from competions like those (Coca Cola), who have the pontatial. Yet suprissingly, i have never seen any of them playing at the first team of any of the PSL teams, neither on the development side of South African squad. This is the right time to search for young stars and use them. We can not relie on a one striker Bennie Macathy, we do not know what will happen in 2010, what if he gets injured?, so we need more Bennie Macathy in our squad than Lerato Chabangus. If we are failing to Develop, i suggest we should have a training, like a school where by our strikers would be trained. The thing is, our strikers can position themselves perfectly but fail to convert, so we should remove this culture of missing chances by sort of training.
Photos from Chiefs website

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