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SA SOCCER NEWS
Chiefs In Pole Position At Christmas Break 20/12/03
Kaizer Chiefs retained their position at the top of the Castle Premiership when they played out to a goalless draw against Santos at the FNB Stadium on Saturday evening.

The result means that Amakhosi coach Ted Dumitru has his team exactly where he wants them to be as they go into the Christmas break - leading the league pack and having already won a major cup trophy - the Coca-Cola cup.

Santos slip back down to third place after Ajax beat Golden Arrows 2-0 at Newlands later in the evening, although coach Boebie Solomons will surely be happy with taking a point from Chiefs on their home turf.

Chiefs were guilty of a number of missed opportunities in the first half, with Stanton Fredericks missing a chance in the 17th minute, while David Radebe missed chances in the 21st, 25th and 31st minutes.

When Chiefs did manage to get their shots on target, they found Santos custodian Brendan Wardle in inspired form.

Santos also had an early chance when Jean Marc Ithier set up Marawaan Bantam, but the latter parting shot also failed to trouble Brian Baloyi.

Jabu Pule was again in sensational form for the Glamour Boys, but failed to find the much needed breakthrough.

Dumitru introduced Kabamba Musasa, who scored the winner in last week's Soweto derby, later in the game, but although the DRC man created a few exciting moments for the Chiefs faithful, he was also unable to find the back of the net.

Teams:

Kaizer Chiefs: 16-Baloyi, 3-Fransman, 6-McCarthy, 5-Mabedi, 4-Nzama, 10-Fredericks (Mooki 68), 91-Moshoeu, 8-Nengomasha, 11-Pule, 31-Radebe (Musasa 58), 20-Dlamini (Motaung Jr 79).

Santos: 29-Wardle, 6-Bax, 2-Otieno (Chris Tsotetsi 62), 23-Burton, 3-Francis, 16-Sait (Xaba 76), 14-Mchunu, 7-Bantam, 4-Mbidzo, 9-Ithier, 22-Solomons (Tsiu 86).

Referee: Simon Motua

Yellow cards: Francis 63, Pule 66

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