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Swallows go down to Chiefs


Moroka Swallows coach Ian Gorowa is fuming after the Bird's were beaten 1-3 by Kaizer Chiefs at Olympia Park on Sunday afternoon.

The scoreline is not a true reflection of the match as Swallows looked the slicker side throughout the match and had some dubious decisions by the match officials go against them.

Gorowa made four changes to his starting line-up for the match and this proved to be working as Swallows created several chances but were unable to convert them.

The visitors opened the scoring in the 16th minute through a header from Mabhuti Khenyeza.

Swallows responded well, and James Chamanga came close to equalising in the 29th minute but Chiefs goalie Ithumeleng Khune saved brilliantly.

The Zambian striker found the back of net a minute later, scoring the equalizer from short range after fine preparation work by Sandile Ndlovu.

The Birds could have gone ahead soon after, but Bevan Fransman's free kick hit the cross bar and the game was at 1-1 at halftime.

In the second half The Birds dominated play and it was only the fine form of Khune that kept Chiefs in the game.

Firstly, the Bafana goalie stopped Chamanga from scoring in a one-on-one situation, then Khune stretched to his left corner to block a Lefa Tsutsulupa long-distance shot from going in.

The turning point of the match came when Chiefs were awarded a dubious penalty shortly after the hour mark, when? Goodman Mazibuko was adjudged to have brought down Siphiwe Tshabalala.

Chiefs took the lead through the penalty and Thuso Phala rubbed salt in the wounds when he scored his first Chiefs goal with a low shot in the 83rd minute.

Swallows had a good call for a penalty late in the game, when Chamanga was brought down in the box by Amakhosi's left-back Onismor Bhasera, but, to the annoyance of Birds coach Gorowa, the referee decided against it.

The teams:

Swallows: Etafia, Mazibuko, Kobola, Fransman, Mayinga, Haskins (Phiri 75'), Oersen, Tsutsulupa, Zwane (Gwekwerere 75'), Chamanga, Ndlovu (Meiring 84')

Chiefs: Khune, Tau, McCarthy (Tsotetsi 77'), Quartey, Bhasera, Mathebula, Nengomasha, Sibeko, Tshabalala, Khenyeza (Zwane 86'), Motaung Jr (Phala 70')

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