Were, Kambole put Amakhosi to the sword
JESSE WERE and Lazarous Kambole bamboozled Kaizer Chiefs in their twoman show to help Zesco United beat Amakhosi 3-1 and put one foot in the group stage of the Caf Confederation Cup.
Were and Kambole were a thorn in the flesh of Chiefs’ defenders in an entertaining contest at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola yesterday. The Zambians started like a house on fire. Kambole put them ahead under half an hour in a blistering start. The Chipolopolo forward was buzzing. He should have finished with more than just one goal, but was let down by his composure in front of goal. Were kept his composure to convert from a spot-kick at the half-hour mark after he was brought down by Teenage Hadebe in the box.
Were and Kambole combined well for the third goal. Kambole did most of the work, while his strike partner scored to complete his brace seven minutes into the second half. Khama Billiat pulled one back just before halftime. This was the Zimbabwean striker’s second goal at the venue in continental club football. In 2016 he scored an away goal that gave Mamelodi Sundowns hope going into the second leg in the semi-final of the Champions League. Downs wrapped up that match in the home leg to book a place in the final they won.
Chiefs will be hoping Billiat’s goal has a similar effect for them. But they have a mammoth task to overturn the result as they were outplayed by the Zambians. Ernst Middendorp was so dumbfounded that he substituted Dumisani Zuma just before the 70th minute even though he brought on the forward in the second half for Godfrey Walusimbi. | Soccer Correspondent Ockert.devil[email protected]
SOUTH AFRICA squandered an early advantage suffering a 62-45 defeat to world number one Australia in the Netball Quad Series in Liverpool yesterday.
The scoreline was nearly identical to the 61-44 loss from their previous encounter, but is hardly a reflection of how close it was in the first three quarters.
Last year’s 54-50 defeat in London was SA’s smallest losing margin in 39 matches against the Australians.
The Proteas made a strong start to the match taking a 16-11 lead after the first quarter with the defensive duo of Phumza Maweni and Carla Pretorius playing out of their skins.
SA were in hot form both sides of the court with the shooting combination of Lenize Potgieter and Maryka Holtzhausen not missing a shot at goal in the first period.
But the Australians managed to recover from the initial shock to level the scores towards the end of the quarter.
The Australia Diamonds did well to wipe out SA’s five-point advantage taking a 27-25 lead into the halftime break.
SA coach Norma Plummer made a few personnel changes ahead of the second half with Ine-Marie Venter replacing Holtzhausen, with Potgieter shifting from shooter to goal attack.
The Proteas clawed their way back five minutes into the half before letting it slip again with Australia extending their advantage to five points after three quarters (43-38).
SA’s shooting accuracy started to slip in the last two quarters allowing Australia to extend their lead.
Plummer will be unhappy with the way her charges let a golden opportunity to claim their first victory over Australia go to waste.
The lack of depth will still be giving Plummer headaches ahead of the Netball World Cup in Liverpool in July.
The Australians stepped up a gear in the final quarter opening daylight on the scoreboard, adding 19 goals while the Proteas could only add seven.
SA will next face Commonwealth champions England in London on Saturday.