/ 3 November 2007

Amazulu goalie teaches PSL forwards a lesson

With hardly anyone in the PSL able to place the ball in the back of the net, Amazulu goalkeeper Tshepo Motsoeneng decided to give all and sundry a lesson in the Premier League game against SuperSport United at a noisy, but relatively deserted Super Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The only problem was that the kamikaze goalkeeper booted the ball into the roof of his own net in the 49th minute after partially saving a Ricardo Katza header, with the resultant goal sending Amazulu stumbling to a 1-0 defeat.

Amazulu and former Bafana coach Clive Barker avoided pointing a finger at his impetuous goalkeeper and declared that his team deserved a draw.

Barker was not guilty of an over-statement, despite SuperSport having enough chances in the opening period to virtually assure victory by halftime.

What is more, AmaZulu were deprived of what appeared a clear-cut penalty in the 64th minute and were further disadvantaged when the provocative Pogenpoel received a yellow card instead of being sent off for a dangerous tackle.

Ethiopian Fikru Teferera should have opened the score for SuperSport with an inviting opportunity in the eighth minute, but his misdirected shot from eight metres provided evidence as to why the team have battled to emerge from the relegation zone this season.

It required evergreen former Bafana Bafana stalwart and second-half Amazulu substitute John ”Shoes’ Moshoeu to produce the most accomplished scoring effort of the game — barring that of Motsoeneng.

Moshoeu’s swerving 30m free-kick in the 69th minute was barely deflected past the post by SuperSport goalkeeper Dennis Onyango and was assuredly worth an equaliser. – Sapa