KAIZER CHIEFS LEGENDS BEAT LIVERPOOL LEGENDS
By: Tony Manyangadze
Ten goals were not enough to separate Kaizer Chiefs and Liverpool legends sides that went head-to-head on Saturday at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Dubbed the game of legends, it surely lived up to the hype that was expected by at least 25 000 supporters who thronged the stadium. The fans’ anticipations were met just seven minutes from kick-off after Patrik Berger caught Chiefs defence off guard and placed the ball easily past Brian Baloyi, the Chiefs Legend team goal keeper.
After just twenty minutes of play, Liverpool Legends were leading Chiefs Legends by goal to nil courtesy of yet another superb score by Patrik Berger leaving Liverpool fans on their feet and loudly blowing their vuvuzelas.
Chiefs came back into the game in the 23rd minute with a well taken goal by Stanton Fredericks. But this come back was shuttered prematurely as Liverpool Legends continued to dominate the middle of the park, playing some intelligent passes giving the opportunity to Berger to find the back of the net for the third time.
Amakhosi Legends didn’t give up; they too began displaying good football exchanging passes leading to Frank Makua finding the back of the net, reducing Liverpool’s lead. Liverpool though continued to dominate.
Chiefs could not compact the gap for long as Liverpool in the 36th minute yet again scored making the score 4-2. Chiefs replied almost immediately through Arthur Zwane. At half time, Liverpool was leading 4-3 and still looking strong.
The second half kick started on a rather slow pace. It was during this transition that Chief attained top form. The tables turned, unlike in the first half, Liverpool Legends were found mostly chasing after the ball. Fredericks hit a thundering shot, sending Liverpool Legends goal keeper, Bruce Grobbelaar the other way. This long awaited equaliser not only boosted the Chiefs Legends confidence but it also left the supporters singing and cheering.
Liverpool Legend’s Berger, in the 57th minute, placed his side ahead yet again. Chiefs had to come from behind again in the 71st minute when Doctor Khumalo dribbled in the box and banged a superb goal that tied the two sides up until the final whistle.
The two legends went on for a penalty shoot-out that saw Kaizer Chiefs winning by 4 goals to 2.