Telkom Knockout Final
Venue: Absa Stadium, Durban
Date: Saturday, 10 April 2010
Kick off: 20:15
Ajax Cape Town 1
Kaizer Chiefs 2 (Masango 20, Musona 46)
Goals from each half from Mandla Masango and Knowledge Musona handed Kaizer Chiefs a 2-1 victory in the Telkom Knockout final played in front of a packed Absa Stadium on Saturday night. Diyo Sibisi scored for the Captonians.
It was a sweet victory for the Glamour Boys who clearly dominated the better part of the proceedings and Head Coach, Vladimir Vermezovic should be applauded for the work he has done on the youngsters like Mandla Masango, Punch Masenamela and Knowledge Musona.
The Glamour Boys had made only two changes to the side that beat Orlando Pirates at Moses Mabhida Stadium with Valery Nahayo replacing suspended Thabang Rooi while striker, Nkosinathi Nhleko made way for equally experienced Josta Dladla.
Ajax Cape Town who had to go past AmaZulu in the semis settled quicker as compared to Kaizer Chiefs and threatened first with Dipsy Selolwane coming close twice inside the 10 minutes. First he forced Arthur Bartman to make a superb save in the 4th minute with a shot just outside the 18-area box then in the 9th minute he found himself one on one with Bartman but the Botswana born midfielder delayed his shot allowing Bartman to make a crucial block.
Bartman who was once again a hero for the Glamour Boys in the semi final fixture was hoping to keep a clean sheet in the normal time for the fourth consecutive game.
Kaizer Chiefs opened scoring when Mandla Masango pounced his second of the competition in the 20th minute after Hans Vonk could only parry Punch Masenamela’s well taken cross, 1-0 to the Glamour Boys of Phefeni.
Masango who has found a new lease of life under the Serbian born coach could have found his second of the evening but his shot went agonisingly wide of Hans Vonk left hand post following superb work from Knowledge Musona.
Punch Masenamela who has come of age was once more instrumental in the 46th minute when he sent a long ball forward that Ajax defence failed to clear allowing The Smiling Assassin, Knowledge Musona to score the second of the night, 2-0.
In the 69th minute, Knowledge Musona missed the easiest opportunity of the game when it looked easier scoring than missing. The move started in the centre of the park with Tinashe Nengomasha sending a superb pass to an overlapping Jimmy Tau who crossed for Musona only for the striker to balloon his strike.
Ajax Cape Town staged a late fight with Diyo Sibisi finding the back of the net in the 85th minute but it was too late to deny the Glamour Boys the deserved victory.
Chiefs: Bartman, Tau (Capt.), Masenamela, Nahayo, Isaacs, Nengomasha, Yende (Mathebula 84), Dladla, Nale (Matle 90), Musona, Masango (Torrealba 80)
Substitutes not used: Ngobeni, Motaung Jr., Nhleko, Jambo
Vladimir Vermezovic (Head Coach)
Donald Ace Khuse (Assistant Coach)
Rainer Dinkelacker (Goalkeeper Coach)
Dave Milner (Team Physio)
Ajax: Vonk, Allie, Ivanovs (Jenniker 70), Daniels, Shabalala, Ngobeni, Maluleka, Selolwane, Paulse, Lewis (Sibisi 70), Scott (Diallo 78)
Substitutes not used: Petim, Fofana, Hlatshwayo, Alexander
Foppe De Haan (Head Coach)
Jan Prujin (Head of Technical Affairs)
Lorenzo Meyer (Physio)
Max Grunewald (Team Manager)
Robert Sithole (Referee)
Zakhele Siwela (1st Assistant)
Johannes Moshidi (2nd Assistant)
Victor Hlungwani (4th Official)
Vincet Alie (Match Commissioner)