Chamanga's brace sinks Stars

James Chamanga continued his goal-scoring spree as he scored a brace to help Moroka Swallows beat Free State Stars 2-0 in an Absa Premiership at the Goble Park Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

The Zambian striker, who hit a PSL record five goals against Platinum Stars on Sunday, was again in hot form, hitting a brace to move clear at the head of the Premiership's goal-scoring charts on nine goals.

After a bright start to the match, it was Swallows who broke the deadlock on the 20-minute mark when Chamanga drilled home a left-footed shot from within the 18-yard area to put his team in the lead.

Stars pushed men forward in search of the equaliser, but struggled to bring strikers Sthembiso Ngcobo and Diyo Sibisi into the game, leaving the 'Birds' a goal to the good at the interval.

Chamanga then doubled his tally soon after the restart, shooting past goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene after being set up by strike partner Sandile Ndlovu.

Stars' Jimmy Kauleza forced Swallows 'keeper Greg Etafia into a good save just a few minutes later and Duncan Lechesa shot wide from the resulting corner, as Stars looked to bring themselves back into the game.

But a combination of poor finishing and some stout defending by the 'Birds' ensured that the visitors handed 'Ea Lla Koto' their first home defeat of the season.

The teams:

Free State Stars (4-3-3): Mweene, Matola, Sambu, Sithole (Vilakazi 50), Chintu (Tsotetsi 46), Mdluli, Lechesa, Olomu, Kauleza (Madimabe 63), Ngcobo, Sibisi.

Moroka Swallows (4-4-2): Etafia, Mphahlele, Fransman, Mabedi, Mazibuko, Mwakasungula, Zwane (Chalwe 87), Mayinga, Tsutsulupa, Chamanga, Ndlovu (Gwekwerere 80).

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Absa Premiership:
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KO: 3.30pm
Venue: King Zwelithini

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Absa Premiership:
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KO: 7.30pm
Venue: Loftus Stadium

February 20
Absa Premiership:
Lost 1-4 v Santos
Venue: Olen Park Stadium

February 13, 2008
Absa Premiership:
Lost 0-3 v Pirates
Venue: Olen Park Stadium

December 21, 2007
Absa Premiership:
Lost 0-1 v Wits
Venue: BidVest Stadium

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Absa Premiership:
Won 3-2 v AmaZulu
Venue: Germiston Stadium

December 12
Absa Premiership:
Won 2-0 v FS Stars
Venue: Goble Park

December 9
Absa Premiership:
Won 6-2 P Stars
Venue: Germiston Stadium