Sunday, August 03, 2008



In the biggest local SA Derby, Pirates beat Chiefs.

Orlando Pirates coach Rudi Krol is not getting carried away after his side lifted the Telkom Charity Cup by beating their old enemies Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 in the final played at a packed Mmabatho Stadium on Saturday.
But he will be looking to build on the confidence his players earned in the Charity Cup tournament when Bucs tackle Premiership champions SuperSport United in the new top eight cup this weekend when the new Premier Soccer League season officially kicks off.
The new sponsors will be unveiled on Monday morning by the PSL. According to the Sunday Times, cellular phone company MTN are the new top eight backers.
The draw is seeded with champions SuperSport playing Pirates who finished last season in eighth position at home with runners-up Ajax Cape Town at home to seventh placed Moroka Swallows; Santos meet Chiefs at home while Mamelodi Sundowns, who were beaten in the Charity Cup semifinals by Amakhosi on penalties, host Free State Stars.
The venues and dates will also be announced on Monday when the sponsor is officially unveiled.
Krol, the no nonsense former Dutch captain and tough as nails defender had reason to smile after wiping away the memory of the 2-0 defeat that Amakhosi inflicted on Bucs in the recent Vodacom Challenge played in Port Elizabeth.
Krol deserves credit for sticking to his game plan and refusing to buckle under criticism.
He has brought smiles back to the Happy People and given real hope that under-achieves Pirates will lift a major trophy this season.
Krol came under fire during the Challenge when he fielded two different sides against Manchester United and Chiefs.
He fielded a fitter Bucs reserve team that lost 1-0 to the English and European champions in Durban almost two weeks back and then played his A team against Chiefs in PE two days later.
Krol said that his priority for the Charity Cup was to assess his players and would use two different teams in the Charity Cup if Pirates reached the final.
This time the move worked brilliantly after Bucs beat Platinum Stats on penalties in the semifinal and then edged out Chiefs in the final using two completely different line-ups.
Said Bucs spokesman Mickey Modisane: “There is still a long way to go. I would not say the coach is completely satisfied. But now he knows who his best players are. He also knows we have plenty of depth for what is going to be a long, hard season ahead.”
Krol showed courage by fielding two Bucs stars, midfield playmaker Teko Modise and Excellent Walaza, in the semifinal against Stars and left out both for the final.
He brought in Thembile Kanono as a second striker to play alongside veteran Zimbabwe international Gilbert Mushangazhike. The move paid handsome dividends with Kanono scoring the only goal in the final.
Kanono, who never realised his potential at Santos, joined the Buccaneers in the pre-season and at 28 looks to be a late bloomer.
He has also shown that Bafana Bafana star Modise will have to fight for his place.
Under Krol there are no favourites, every player will have to fight for his place, including Modise and Walaza.
Kanono was a revelation playing behind Mushangazhike and took his goal brilliantly after a defensive blunder by Chiefs keeper Itumeleng Khune and make shift right back Arthur Zwane in the 17th minute.
Modisane said that Krol will keep his players' feet firmly on the ground. But he added: “We hurt Chiefs where it matters most in a final where there was a trophy at stake. It was a great way to kick off the season. We are now even with Chiefs.”
Modisane praised his supporters' loyalty. He said: “It has been a long time coming, but the chairman (Irvin Khoza) knows what he wants to achieve and Krol is the man to take Pirates to success. But there are tough challenges ahead starting this weekend against United. But with the spirits soaring, we are ready to face the new challenge.”
Chiefs believe they were hard done by when referee Jonas Nhlapo, who was miles from the action, turned down what looked a clear penalty in the 39th minute when Mandla Masango was fouled inside the Bucs penalty area.
However, coach Muhsin Ertugral is also on the right track. His team are looking sharp having drawn 1-1 against Manchester United in Cape Town in the opening Challenge match, but were leg weary when losing 4-0 in the Challenge final.
Chiefs have credible wins over Pirates and Sundowns under their belts going into the first major competition of the new season.

But good wins in the past few weeks for both coaches as they gear up for the season

Its finally drawing to a conclusion. The lity wants to F#4k off. Madrid are coming in. Let him go.
F#@k, The MANCS arent happy in any case that he expresed his desire to leave so let him go

Smith came big and produced an innings and a half. Totally brilliant from the Captain. And no better man than Abu Bakr Mark Boucher, First time since 1963 that they have won a Test Series in England, But Smith came big.A Mammoth performance. And to think if Bell didnt miss the easy run out the Proteas were stuffed.

What do you guys think of the Kallis swearing incident and dismissal. Was light bad, Was it out. Was Flintoff bowling unsportingly. Hash was unlucky. Monty trapped him for LBW but the Hawkeye clearly stated it was off. But overall a great Proteas performance and great for the whole team including Moose as Manager. But Azee, F#4ken Monty was appealing for everything man


Even though Juve lost the Emirates Cup, and lost to Hamburg, they showed Arsenal how to respect their elders. A big positive was the Centre back pairing of Melberg and Chielini. Del Piero and Amauri neve found rythym. I dunno. With Juve having a decent draw in the third round qualifying for the Champions League I still dont believe we have a squad worthy of winning it. Friendly or not at least we f#4ked Arsenal up.

CHELSEA HIT AC MILAN 5 .Just thought Id mention it, Its shows Big Phil is well on his way to dethrown the Mancs

This video is dedicated to Azee moola. Bumbles. What a Lad

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