Black Aces
Tlhomelang (Mthombeni 64’)
Mushangazhike (Ogle 75’)
Motha (Maleka 76’)



Competition: Absa Premiership
Date: Sunday, 29 August 2009
Venue: Ackerille Stadium
Kick-off: 15h:00

It was a rather dull and dreary game as Mpumalanga Black Aces held their visitors, Golden Arrows, to a 0-0 draw in an Absa Premiership match at Ackerville Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The first 45 minutes saw no team really take control of a match that lacked spark and hence goal scoring opportunities.

Aces did, however, have the better of the opening exchanges in the first half as they kept Arrows pinned inside their own with some nice retention of the ball, but Aces could not turn that possession into chances in front of goal.

Instead the home side opted to shoot from long range with little effect. For example, in the second minute Madoda Motha let fly from 20 yards out but his shot went high over the cross bar. Then only two minutes later Rudiger Gilbert tried his luck from approximately the same range with similar results.

Arrows looked out of sorts early on and struggled to find their rhythm, but as the game pressed on they began to find their footing in the midfield. Still they did not manage to create any decent openings in front of the Aces goal and persisted with the game plan of attacking down the middle of the park.

Sammy Troughton’s team instead opted to use the width of the pitch attacking down the flanks with Shere Lekgothoane on the left and Gilbert on the right. That approach almost paid dividends in the 28th minute when a cross from Gilbert found Lekgothoane unmarked just inside the 18 yard box.

The left winger did well to control the ball and hit his shot, which looked goal bound, but Arrows defender Mlungiseni Masinga threw his body on the line to deny the Aces attacker.

The best goal scoring chance of the half definitely fell the way of Aces two minutes before the half time break when Sibusiso Themba cleverly chipped a free-kick beyond the Arrows defence and onto the head of Jacob Machaka. The Aces’ player, however, squandered the chance heading the ball wide from only six yards out.

The second half saw Abafana Bes’thende come out of their shells as they began to show the form that saw them make their way to the final of the MTN8 cup.

Arrows had a great chance to grab the game’s opening goal in the 55th minute when they sliced through the Aces’ defence like a hot knife through butter, with some immaculate passing which resulted in Njabulo Manqana finding himself with the ball at his feet and only the keeper to beat.

But it was not to be for the Arrows midfielder, who screamed in anguish as he spooned his shot over the keeper and centimetres wide of the upright.

Despite Arrows’ dominance in the second half, Aces could have grabbed the game’s opening goal in the 67th minute in a rare foray forward in the second half. Gilbert produced another pin-point cross from the right side that found Gilbert Mushangazhike unmarked inside the six yard box, but he misplaced his header inches wide of the upright.

Arrows looked certain to finally break the deadlock nine minutes from time when Manqana let fly from just inside the 18 yard box an almost began celebrating before the Arrows captain, Godfrey Nobula, made a spectacular goal line clearance, which in the end earned his side a point.

The game ended 0-0 and was a fair result considering it was a game of two halves. Neither team really impressed and the sharing of the points was just reward for both sides.

Mpumalanga Black Aces 0
Golden Arrows 0


Aces: Ramagoadi; Gilbert, Nobula, Tlhomelang (Mthombeni 64’), Monyai, Lekgothoane, Mmuso, Themba, Machaka, Mushangazhike (Ogle 75’), Motha (Maleka 76’)

Arrows: Khuzwayo; Musonda, masinga, Sangweni, J Henyekane, Manqana, Khuboni, Bilankulu [Mshengu 66’ (Kombe 87’)], Zothwane, R Henyekane, Gabuza (Tonah 45+2’)

Golden Arrows
J Henyekane
Bilankulu [Mshengu 66’ (Kombe 87’)] Zothwane
R Henyekane
Gabuza (Tonah 45+2’)

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