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Chiefs Win Six-Goal Thriller 27/02/2003
Kaizer Chiefs trounced log leaders Moroka Swallows 4-2 to move themselves into contention for the Castle Premier League title on Wednesday night in Rustenberg. but the match was not without it's controversey.....

However, the match was not without controversy as referee Lawrence Monnathoko awarded Chiefs a dubious penalty in the 85th minute following Warren Lewis' hauling down of David Radebe, with the score still at 2-2.

Replays show Lewis clearly making contact with the ball before touching the player, who it must be said, went down like a ton of bricks.

Swallows coach Gavin Hunt slated the referee after the match and although he did go overboard, this has long been a problem in South African football and it's time that SAFA take responsibility for their inadequacies.

For too long has the top men in SAFA been concerned with staging a World Cup in our country, while the state of our beautiful game suffers because of incompetent referees and their assistants.

It is time that a proper structure is implemented where referees can be trained and tested regularly to keep them on top of their game.

Hunt could face a disciplinary hearing for his outburst, but there will be many to support him.

The Birds opened the scoring in the ninth minute when Samuel Ngobeni put them ahead.

However, their joy was short-lived as Chiefs equalised seven minutes later when Stanton Fredericks blasted home.

The Amakhosi went ahead ten minutes later when Kabamba Musasa headed home Shaun Permall's cross to make it 2-1.

Swallows keeper Etafia kept them in the game with several fine saves to finish the half.

Swallows equalised with a stunning goal in the 52nd minute when skipper Gary McNab ran at the Chiefs defence, who were guilty of backing off McNab, before unleashing a 25-yard drive that left Brian Baloyi no chance.

But the Birds' fortunes changed in the 80th minute when Lucas Sebona was red-carded for punching Chiefs defender Fabian McCarthy.

Monnathoko then awarded Chiefs the controversial spot-kick, which Patrick Mabedi displaced with relative ease.

Musasa completed his brace in injury time to make the final score 4-2 to Chiefs.

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