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Phefeni Glamour Boys Reign Supreme 06/12/03
The mighty Amakhosi reigned supreme in the Coca-Cola Cup final at the FNB Stadium on Saturday by keeping their composure against a gallant Silver Stars to walk off with the R2million first prize.

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In a match where Stars wasted a glut of golden opportunities and hit the post twice, it was a Stanton Fredericks strike in the 55th minute and an injury time penalty by Patrick Mayo which finally killed off the Limpopo teams dogged resistance.

But Stars have only themselves to blame as their fairytale run in the competition came to an end.

The Lions of the North soaked up the early pressure as Chiefs were out of the blocks with swank and swagger with flamboyant back-heals and silky flicks coloring their play in the opening ten minutes.

However, Owen Da Gamas unfashionable team kept their focus and finally found their footing as Chiefs fancy stuff was soon discarded and their sleeves were rolled up.

Stars soon had their illustrious opponents rattled with Surprise Moriri and Dingane Masanabo running the Chiefs defence ragged.

But a lack of composure in front of goal, none more so than in the 34th minute when Thabang Lebese burst through on goal but shoot meekly, was to prove costly.

Credit though must go to Chiefs keeper Rowen Fernandez, who was preferred to crowd favorite Brian Baloyi, for getting a leg to Lebeses shot to send it wide of the post.

Amakhosi coach Ted Dumitru hauled off young Bevan Fransman in the 38th minute in favour of Nhlanhla Kubeka. Up until then the young defender had had a torrid time of it against Elvis Mashoa who kept getting in behind him.

Kubeka's first touch of the ball was to whip in a cross which John Shoes Moshoeu met unchallenged in the area, but his header was sent well over the crossbar.

Jabu Pule also then wasted a golden opportunity after Patrick Mayos impressive run down the left flank. Mayo beat two defenders before pulling the ball back but Shuffle ballooned it over.

On the stroke of half-time Mashoa wasted another great chance to put Stars ahead after again being put through.

Chiefs started the second-half the stronger, pushing the ball around with authority.

Their dominance in the possession stakes finally paid off in the 54th minute. Pule found himself in space turned a few Stars players before finding Moshoeu who laid it off to Fredericks to blast the ball past Stars goalkeeper Johannes Diale and send the 60,000 strong crowd into raptures.

Da Gama took immediate action be hauling off Lebese and replacing him with Jabulani Nkosi.

His counterpart Dumitru answered this by pulling off Fredericks, who, besides the goal had looked a little rusty after a couple of weeks out with injury.

In the 62nd minute Cyril Nzama was punished for a handball 25 yards out. Moriri lined up the free-kick and rifled in a dipping shot which had Fernandez well-beaten before striking the cross-bar.

At this stage Chiefs were well in control as Fabian McCarthy and Patrick Mabedi kept things tight at the back and the impressive Tenashe Nengomashe broke down anything that came his way in midfield.

In the 73rd minute Stars skipper Masanabo was taken off and replaced by Thato Maleka while Chiefs pulled off the ineffective Sibusiso Dlamini for Kabamba Musasa.

Two minutes later Pule unleashed a 20 yard pile driver with the outside of his boot but it clipped the outside of the left hand post with Diale well-beaten.

Chiefs finally killed off the game when Mashoa clummisly brought down Moshoeu in the area.

Referee Petrus Mathabela  had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and Mayo stepped up to send the Diale the wrong way with a crisply hit shot.

Teams:

Kaizer Chiefs: Fernandez, Nzama, Mabedi, McCarthy, Fransman (Kubeka), Fredericks (Mooki), Nengomashe, Moshoeu , Pule, Dlamini, Mayo

Silver Stars: Diale, Ntwagae, Khaile, Mchabe, Kgatle, Chauke, Lebese (Nkosi), Moriri, Masanabo (Maleka), Mashao (Mmotong), Williams

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