Amakhosi simply the best
Amakhosi simply the best

Posted in News on Nov 24, 2001.

Kaizer Chiefs stamped their authority on the local scene with an emphatic 5-0 drubbing of Jomo Cosmos in the Coca-Cola Cup final on Saturday to lift their second major cup of the season.

Chiefs were simply outstanding on the day as they outclassed Cosmos to make their way into the history books. Amakhosi now have a hand on the Mandela Cup trophy and are only 90 minutes away from clinching the continental silverware.

The campaign has been termed "Operation Teka Hinkwaso" and Amakhosi appear to be on their to a clean sweep. The BP Top Eight and the Coca-Cola Cup are already in the bag and the Mandela Cup lies in wait next week.

A thrilled Amakhosi coach Muhsin Ertugral paid tribute to his players for a gallant performance. "I am really proud of my boys," he said. "For the past couple of months they have really played very hard and they deserve some respect."

Chiefs started turning on the heat immediately after the introduction of Shaun Permall in place of Mozambican international Jossias Macamo in the 36th minute. Permall received a warm welcome from his teammates as Zwane netted from a free-kick a minute later.

Macamo should have been disappointed to leave the field so early in the game but the coach said it all worked well. "We told the boy it was going to be a tactical game and with the right timing we had to make a change to put pressure on Jomo," said Ertugral.

Cosmos got frustrated as the clock ticked on and their plan started falling apart as they failed to cancel the deficit and went into the break trailing 0-1. The situation did not improve in the second half.

Chiefs went further ahead - inspired by yet another substitution. Stanton Fredericks had only been on the field for two minutes after taking over from Isaac Mabotsa when he delivered a perfect cross to Kenny Niemach for the second goal.

Ezenkosi’s hopes then evaporated after Essau Kanyenda, who came on for Nkosinathi Nhleko in the 76th minute, failed to direct Lebohang Kukame’s cross into an inviting net.

Man of the match Jabu Pule grabbed two quick goals, first in the 78th minute and then in the 85th minute to kill off Jomo Sono’s hopes of banking R2 million.

Fredericks hammered in the final nail deep home into injury time with the fifth goal of the game to wrap up an exciting afternoon of classy football.

"Jabu is one of the most promising future stars to emerge in recent times," said Ertugral. "He is very good, a wonderful player but we have to do much better with him."

Sono was still battling to digest such a heavy defeat and sent his left hand man Collin "Black Stone" Tlemo to address the media. Looking very disappointed, Tlemo tried to be brave as he congratulated Chiefs.

"I must congratulate Kaizer Chiefs," he said. "I think they played very well. It’s one of those things in football. We prepared ourselves very well and we had two chances in the second half but we could not put them away."

Tlemo did not mince his words as he laid some of the blame on the Cosmos defence. "Our defence did not perform to their standard. You cannot easily concede so many goals in a cup final but it’s one of those things and congratulations must go to Chiefs," said Tlemo.

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