Tuesday 29th July 2003

Kaizer Chiefs have been playing in the World Peace tournament out in South Korea against the likes of PSV Eindhoven, Besiktas and Lyon, so they may be a bit tired after their exertions and travelling.  However, having just announced that they will be playing their games at Ellis Park from this season, at least they have a new home.

The AmaKhosi, as they are known locally, have signed a few players in the last season and are hoping to return to the glory days of the 70s and 80s, after they had formed their own club after splitting from Orlando Pirates.  Black Leopards provided striker Sibusiso Dhlamini in exchange for three Chiefs players in return !!  Others such as central defender Cyril Mzama and midfielder Jabu Pule were added last season as the club tried to improve their standing in the South African game after finishing last season in mid-table 11 points behind the Pirates.

The keeper "Spider" Baloyi is an international who had a dodgy game against England recently and is protected by youngster Buti Sithole at left back, a player who is only 17, but has great skill and he s tipped to play for Bafana Bafana very soon.  Patrick McCarthy was at the centre of a huge wrangle when he left Sundowns in 2002, but a court had to rule that he was free to sign for Chiefs, leaving the defender in limbo for a while, but he is now installed as a regular in the side.

Midfielder Stanton Fredericks has pace and trickery, as displayed in the international against England when he gave Phil Neville a torrid time and alongside him is veteran John "Shoes" Moshoeu - the record cap winner for his country and is a great passer of the ball.  He dribbles, he shoots and he is the driving force in the Chiefs midfield ... he is Thabo Mooki, who has played over 250 games for his club.  Jabu Pule has a reputation of being a bad boy off the pitch, but when he is not going missing from training, etc., he has a great touch and is the scorer of spectacular goals.

Up front free-scoring striker David Radebe could cause problems for our defence, with Rene Richards often used a as sub, where he scores after coming off the bench.  Congolese international Kabamba Musasa is also a regular goalscorer, while Zimbabwean striker Tinashe Nengomasha is a player who is dangerous if given room to shoot on goal.  I'm not sure if we will see striker Sbusisu Dlamini, as his squad number is 115 !!

It will be another tough task for Spurs, who at least will be playing in the evening this time, so it will be a little cooler, but the home crowd will be passionate and may encourage their team to play to the peak of their ability.

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Kaizer Chiefs   0     Tottenham   2     (Half-time score : 0-2)
Tuesday 29th July 2003
Venue : -  Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa
Kick Off : -  19.30 p.m. (20.30 p.m. - Local time)
Weather : -  Hot, dry
Crowd : -  35,000
Referee : -  Jerome Damon
Teams : -  
Kaizer Chiefs :
Baloyi; Mabedi, Nzama (Zwane 46), Thobejane; Fredericks, Kannemeyer, Pule, Mooki (Moshoeu 61); Nengosmasha, Musasa (Radebe 63), Dlamini

Tottenham : -  Burch; Carr, Taricco (Kelly 46), Gardner; Bunjevcevic, Etherington, Redknapp (Ricketts, 86), Anderton, Acimovic (Davies 68); Postiga (Poyet 76), Keane

Colours : - 

Kaizer Chiefs  -  Yellow shirts with black trim, black shorts with yellow side stripe and yellow socks 

Colours : -  
Tottenham -  

Scorers : -  
Kaizer Chiefs  -  

Tottenham -  Keane 0m 30s, Etherington 43

Cards : -  
Kaizer Chiefs  -   None

Tottenham -  None 

It was a quick start for Spurs in this match after really failing to ever get going in the previous game against Orlando Pirates.

With only seconds on the clock, Helder Postiga unleashed a shot from distance and it hit Robbie Keane's heel to divert past keeper Baloyi, leaving him helpless.  This incredibly early goal gave Spurs the impetus to push on and they demonstrated some smooth passing on a pitch more conducive to their style of play than the rugby ground they played on two days before.  Taricco's intervention prevented Dlamini latching onto a Kannemeyer pass and Carr had to be strong in defence on a number of occasions.

Stephen Carr started a move that took in Acimovic and Keano, before the ball was moved on to Redknapp.  His incisive pass through the Chief's defence put Helder Postiga through and it took a defender and the keeper to stop him.  Postiga was involved in the next action on the quarter hour, when he was shrugged off the ball and Fredericks crossed in for Pule to volley, but a deflection took the ball wide.

Rob Burch was playing again in the absence of the injured Sullivan and Hirschfeld, while Keller was still on international duty with the USA side.  His performance was one of the big plusses, with his save from Jabu Pule as he bore down on goal from the right flank a good example of his shot-stopping ability.  Pule was being a constant nuisance to the Spurs side and often put in dangerous balls into the box, without anyone there to capitalise.  Dlamini was also coming into the game more and twice brought Burch into action to stop an equaliser.  The Tottenham keeper was also alert to take a 25-yarder of a free-kick from Mooki, before Spurs started to attack the Kaiser Chiefs.  

Milo set Keano away, but Baloyi rushed out at his feet to deny him, but it just delayed the second Spurs goal by a couple of minutes.  With two minutes to the break, Acimovic found Anderton and his pin-point ball put Matthew Etherington away to slot home as Baloyi came to him.

The second half saw Chiefs push for something out of the game, but the Tottenham defence stood firm, with Anthony Gardner head and shoulders (quite literally) above anything that the Chiefs had to offer.  Bringing on John "Shoes" Moshoeu and David Radebe gave them more impetus, but the effort they put in was not matched by quality and Spurs eased to victory.  Too often when Chiefs were in a good position, they would choose to shoot (too often over the bar) or play the ball in quickly without looking to see who was in the middle.

A useful challenge for Spurs on the whole and a better showing by Spurs, even though they strolled through the second half.  They had learned that the Chiefs tactics were similar to those of the Pirate and managed to contain the South African side who took too many elaborate touches on the ball rather than emulate Spurs, who let the ball do most of the work.



Mick Vanstraaten

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