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Soccer Laduma - - Siyag Bhoza -

SOWETO DERBY – DE­LIGHT & DE­SPAIR The Soweto Derby’s af­ter­math ef­fects are not easy to con­front, more es­pe­cially when the team one supports comes out sec­ond best. Kaizer Chiefs’ mis­ery was com­pounded by the tech­ni­cal team that seems to strug­gle coach­ing our boys. Gio­vanni Soli­nas and Pa­trick Mabedi are a li­a­bil­ity to Kaizer Chiefs. The two were some­what watch­ing a dif­fer­ent game on the day. Siphelele ‘Stash’ Nt­shangase was con­spic­u­ous with his ‘ab­sence’, so to speak. The substitutions made sim­ply made a mock­ery of the tick­ing time bomb that was there for all to see. Had it not been for the pa­thetic show­ing of Justin Shonga in front of goal, Chiefs could have eas­ily been an­ni­hi­lated in a sim­i­lar fash­ion Real Madrid got oblit­er­ated at the hands of a Messi-less Barcelona. Owen Ma­fukele-Valoyi, Nkuri-Tomu The Soweto Derby lived up to ex­pec­ta­tions. Both teams didn’t dis­ap­point on the day. Firstly, let me com­mend both sets of sup­port­ers for ar­riv­ing early for this gal­lant game. I never heard of any in­ci­dent and the game started on time. Kaizer Chiefs started well by putting pres­sure and dom­i­nat­ing Or­lando Pi­rates in the mid­dle of the park. I was not sur­prised when Khama Bil­liat put Chiefs ahead after a blun­der from Siyabonga Mpontshane, who looked over­whelmed for a mo­ment. Both coaches need to be com­mended for play­ing of­fen­sive foot­ball. Once Pi­rates set­tled into it, God­frey Walusimbi and Siyabonga Ngezana were in for a tough out­ing against Ab­bubaker Mo­bara and Justin Shonga. Vin­cent Pule and Au­gus­tine Mu­lenga did not put a foot wrong, out­play­ing Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Co. go­ing for­ward. Chiefs need to play as a team and stop re­ly­ing heav­ily on the for­mer Mamelodi Sun­downs CAF Cham­pi­ons League-win­ning duo of Khama Bil­liat and Leonardo Cas­tro. Lastly, let me high­light my hap­pi­ness to­wards my team Mamelodi Sun­downs. They are slowly find­ing their feet and climb­ing the ta­ble. Coach Pitso Mosi­mane once said that he wants to make Gas­ton Sirino Player of the Season. And oh, are we see­ing the re­birth of Andile Jali? Aphane JM Liban­geni, Vaal­bank, KwaNde­bele Who­ever thought that the Soweto Derby has lost its spark must be eat­ing hum­ble pie right now. What a spec­ta­cle on Satur­day! Two of the big­gest SA soc­cer bulls in one kraal, full ca­pac­ity FNB Sta­dium, end-toend stuff, scin­til­lat­ing per­for­mance. We couldn’t have asked for more from the two Soweto giants. Or­lando Pi­rates brought their A-game, while Kaizer Chiefs had few an­swers. Chiefs play­ers looked slug­gish and didn’t of­fer much after tak­ing the lead in the first half. The Pi­rates goal­keeper was hardly trou­bled through­out the match. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the Pi­rates tech­ni­cal team and their play­ers for ex­e­cut­ing well their game plan. You can clearly see that they stud­ied Chiefs’ weak­nesses and made sure that they fully cap­i­talised on them. Well done to the Happy Peo­ple. Makhado Ne­malili, via email Credit must be given to Amab­hakaniya for their in­cred­i­ble per­for­mance over the week­end. Or­lando Pi­rates play­ers were every­where on the field, hence they man­aged to scored two goals. Mr Bobby Mo­taung needs to deduct 40% from each de­fender’s salary who played last week­end for their poor de­fen­sive dis­play. I hope that in the next game they are go­ing to make us happy. The race for the ti­tle is on… Isaac Tsenene, Port El­iz­a­beth I watched the Soweto Derby on Satur­day and I must agree that there was very good foot­ball dis­played by both sets of play­ers. I mean, it was en­ter­tain­ing with goals, a full house and good weather. The only dif­fer­ence be­tween the two teams was qual­ity. You can see that Kaizer Chiefs de­pend too much on Khama Bil­liat and Leonardo Cas­tro, whereas Or­lando Pi­rates were cov­ered in all de­part­ments. Every­body was talk­ing about Vin­cent Pule and guess who stole the show in the front line? None other than Au­gus­tine Mu­lenga. In mid­field, they tried to neu­tralise Xola Mlambo by mak­ing sure that Wil­lard Kat­sande marked him out of the game, but they didn’t ex­pect Ben Motshwari to come to the party. I was happy for the boys, es­pe­cially Ab­bubaker Mo­bara. I thought coach Mi­cho was mak­ing a mis­take by play­ing him, but Mo­bara was solid and also good go­ing for­ward, though his cross­ing needs some pol­ish­ing. Happy Peo­ple ‘til we beat them again! Mantu Zakhe, Cape Town The more things seem to change for the bet­ter, the more they re­main the same in the south of Jo­han­nes­burg, at Na­turena to be pre­cise. Our ex­cru­ci­at­ing de­feat against sworn neme­sis Or­lando Pi­rates con­firmed the per­sis­tent mal­adies, which had be­sieged our beloved club since Steve Kom­phela’s ten­ure, that of be­ing an­other or­di­nary team. Amakhosi’s cup pedi­gree is un­der se­ri­ous threat in this cur­rent junc­ture and teams such as Mamelodi Sun­downs poses a great chal­lenge to our records, cog­nisant of our beloved team’s per­pet­ual down­ward spi­ral. The derby was very ex­cit­ing on, es­pe­cially Or­lando Pi­rates fir­ing on all cylin­ders, which fur­ther ex­posed Amakhosi’s de­fen­sive frail­ties, our Achilles heel. Fi­nally, Siphelele Nt­shangase must up his game as he’s of­ten more ca­sual than a cou­ple walk­ing along the beach at sun­set. Loward Ziga-Khosa, Nkuri-Tomu, Giyani I’m still try­ing to re­cover from the shock of los­ing to our ri­vals Or­lando Pi­rates on Satur­day af­ter­noon. Though my heart is bro­ken, I just thought it would only be fair for me to con­grat­u­late them for that achieve­ment and that’s be­cause I al­ways like to give credit where it is due, as pre­vi­ous Make Your Point mus­ings would at­test. I hope ev­ery Kaizer Chiefs fan would do the same, if only to lighten the pain of loss. I love my team and I al­ways re­main pos­i­tive even if we lose be­cause that’s part of the game. What I like more about Chiefs is that ev­ery­one be­comes happy when­ever we lose a game and that’s a very clear sign that we are a good team, so let’s just keep our hopes up high. Our de­fence was leaky and I think that’s one of the rea­sons why we lost. On the other hand, I think we lost it when Khama Bil­liat was sub­sti­tuted. Re­gard­less of how un­der­per­form­ing he was, a player of Bil­liat’s cal­i­bre should not be sub­sti­tuted be­cause he could have done some­thing later in the game. I hope our coach will learn from such mis­takes. Let­ladi wa Ga-Mphahlele, Mar­alaleng

EPISTLES TO MR SOLI­NAS… Dear Gio­vanni Soli­nas, you have just gone from dig­ging your own grave with a tea­spoon to dig­ging it with an ex­ca­va­tor and I am go­ing to tell you why - one tro­phy is gone al­ready, your league form blows hot and cold and now you have just lost to Or­lando Pi­rates. Would you kindly ex­plain to me or maybe the whole Khosi Na­tion how is it that you saw fit to play Mario Booy­sen ahead of Erick ‘Tower’ Mathoho who has in­ter­na­tional, AF­CON and derby ex­pe­ri­ence and has won tro­phies be­fore? It’s an in­sult to Stu­art Bax­ter and Shakes Mashaba, who have played him at the high­est level. The tall and sup­pos­edly “ex­pe­ri­enced” Booy­sen failed to deal with In­no­cent Maela’s header that led to Pi­rates’ equaliser and made a baby kick clear­ance that re­sulted into a sec­ond goal. You bowed to Khama Bil­liat and likened him to Lionel Messi not long ago, yet you took him off in a derby. You don’t sub­sti­tute your Messi! Yours sin­cerely… Lucky Khu­nou, Mer­it­ing At­ten­tion, Mr Gio­vanni Soli­nas: Thank you so much for mak­ing your­self avail­able for the hottest coach­ing seat in the foot­ball fra­ter­nity of the African con­ti­nent, that of be­ing Kaizer Chiefs head coach. Dear­est Gio, let me make it clear to you that we don’t take los­ing to Or­lando Pi­rates with a pinch of salt, come rain or sun­shine. “Un­ac­cept­able” is the word. Let me give you a frank warn­ing and free broth­erly ad­vice: don’t lose to Mamelodi Sun­downs, not es­pe­cially to Pi­rates, if you still want to keep that seat. Coach Soli­nas, tell me, why on earth did you re­move goal­keeper Vir­gil Vries from the start­ing line-up after he did so well in the Telkom Knock­out? Don’t you think it’s about time you put your faith in him as Chiefs’ goal­keeper and not deputy to Itume­leng Khune? Never again should you fall vic­tim to the er­ror of judg­ment of tak­ing out Khama Bil­liat in a Soweto Derby, es­pe­cially when you are los­ing, for he is the only one pre­pared to score against Pi­rates. Your mis­takes cost us the MTN8 and the derby. Please don’t be naive next time around. We don’t want an­other Steve Kom­phela, not in Ital­ian cloth­ing, even for a man well known for his snazzy dress­ing. Give us the sat­is­fac­tion of results and tro­phies. Lose games at your own peril! Re­mem­ber at Chiefs we don’t fire coaches, they fire them­selves. Vuy­isile Bovu, Mn­cun­cuzo, Cofimv­aba

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