Were, Kam­bole put Amakhosi to the sword

Pretoria News - - SPORTS - OCKERT DE VILLIERS

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.

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