Rollers Defeat Kaizer Chiefs

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Goals from Kaone Vanderwesthuizen and Tumisang Orebonye secured Township Rollers a 2-1 victory over South African giants Kaizer Chiefs an international friendly played at the Rollers Stadium in Tlokweng.

Bernard Parker gave the Amakhosi an early second minute lead, and Chiefs looked the better side in the first 20 minutes as Rollers took time to settle.

But thereafter, Rollers took command, and Vanderwesthuizen equalised midway through the first half, Tumisang Orebonye adding the second in the 68th minute.

The game will both serve as good practice for Rollers’ upcoming CAF Champions League games as well as a morale booster ahead of the football season.

TEAM NEWS

Rollers head coach Tomas Trucha stuck to the 4-3-3 formation used previously in pre-season.

The Lineup: Kgosipula, Matsabu, Ditlhokwe, Vanderwesthuizen, Nato, Ditshupo, Molebatsi (Serameng 58), Cooper, Orebonye (Mpuisang 81), Boy (Monyake 76), Sikele (Moalosi 69)

THE MATCH

Kaizer Chiefs were quick off the blocks while Rollers took time to settle

As early as the second minute, Bernard Parker headed in the opening goal for the visitors in from close range after receiving a Samir Nurkovic cross.

In the 11th minute Nurkovic failed to connect to a right wing cross, and two minutes later forced a save off of Keeagile Kgosipula.

In the 18th minute Maano Ditshupo set up Tumisang Orebonye whose shot from within the Chiefs penalty area hit the crossbar and went over.

Seconds later Parker also rattled the woodwork on the other end.

Midway through the first half, Rollers started to settle into a rythmn, after a nervours opening 20 minutes.

Mothusi Cooper started orchestrating passes in the middle of the park.

In the 25th minute, Tlhalefo Molebatsi shot wide during a promising Rollers attack.

A minute later, Kaone Vanderwesthuizen drew Popa level, striking the equaliser from within the Chiefs penalty area.

Soonafter, Parker forced a save off of Kgosipula, as the game opened up.

Segolame Boy had a great chance, selling a dummy to Chiefs goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma, before attempting a shot with his weaker right foot, which floated goalwards but was blocked by the Chiefs defence.

Motsholetsi Sikele’s attempt to score the rebound was also dealt with by the Amakhosi rearguard.

In the 40th minute, Tumisang Orebonye shot wide during a Popa attack, while on the other end Parker saw his free kick go just wide in the dying seconds of the first half.

Early in the second half Kamogelo Matsabu had to be alert to clear with Nurkovic lurking menacingly in the Popa danger zone.

The two sides kept looking for openings in search for the lead.

It duly came in the 68th minute, as Orebonye scored a tap in to give Rollers the 2-1 lead after receiving a low cross from Motsholetsi Sikele, who had made a tearing run up the right flank before locating Orebonye.

The Chiefs attack forced Kgosipula into yet another save, but thereafter the Amakhosi looked subdued with little attacking threat in the final 20 minutes.

Very late on, Edwin Moalosi spurned a great chance on a one on one with the Chiefs goakeeper; Moalosi attempted a cheeky chip that went straight into the Amakhosi goalminder’s hands.

It ended 2-1 to the Blues.

Postmatch Reaction
Speaking to rollersfc.com after the match, Rollers head coach Tomas Trucha said the game helped in the progress of his squad ahead of the season.

“We must be humble and honest; Kaizer Chiefs is a big team and the match could have gone either way. It is just a friendly, we have not won anything yet, but we are happy with the result as it helps us as we keep on building the team. When you concede a goal so early in a match it can become difficult, but it is a complement to the players that they managed to keep on going and from 1-0 we turned the result around. We played at a high tempo and tried to maintain it; but it is difficult to keep it all game. We got ourselves back into the game and it became about defending highward, and emotions- helping each other to keep the result. Every player is important for us, even those who were not on the match day squad, they had training session in the morning, and we will keep on working on the squad,” Trucha said.

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