Kaizer Chiefs 0 Man Utd 1
Kaizer Chiefs 0 Manchester United 1, Newlands Stadium, Friendly Match, July 18, 2006. Dong Fangzhuo scored a late winner as Manchester United beat Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 in Cape Town. Unfortunately, United midfielder Kieran Richardson had to leave the field with an ankle injury following a challenge by South Africa defender Cyril Nzama on the hour mark.
English Premier League runners-up Manchester United had defeated Milutin Sredojevic´s Orlando Pirates by a comprehensive 4-0 score at the Kings Park Stadium in Durban just three days earlier but found it much harder against Ernst Middendorp´s men in Cape Town. Sir Alex Ferguson had only made one change to the Manchester United team which defeated The Buccaneers, with Danny Simpson replacing fellow back four man Phil Bardsley. Kaizer Chiefs defended well from the beginning and were dangerous on the counter attack as the friendly game progressed. Manchester United, for their part, squandered several decent scoring opportunities both sides of the half-time break and the match remained goalless until late in the second period when Chinese forward Dong Fangzhuo registered the winner for the Old Trafford outfit as he met a pull-back from Scottish midfield playmaker Darren Fletcher with a right-foot strike from six yards in the 83rd minute of the Vodacom Challenge clash with the Johannesburg club. Kaizer Chiefs pushed hard for an equalising goal in the closing stages and Gert Schalkwyk, Shaun Bartlett, and David Obua all came close to scoring for The Glamour Boys. Kaizer Chiefs Team: Rowen Fernandez, Cyril Nzama, Shaun Bartlett, Jimmy Tau, David Obua, Gert Schalkwyk, Arthur Zwane, Siyabonga Nkosi, Ditheko Mototo, Patrick Mayo, Emmanuel Ngobese. Substitutes: Thabo Mooki, David Radebe, David Mathebula, Fabian McCarthy, Tinashe Nengomasha, Gerald Sibeko, Siphiwe Mkhonza, Kaizer Motaung Junior, Louis Agyemang, Serge Djiehoua, Itumeleng Khune. Manchester United Team: Ben Foster, Danny Simpson, John O’Shea, Wes Brown, Patrice Evra, Darren Fletcher, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Kieran Richardson, Giuseppe Rossi, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Substitutes: Liam Miller, David Jones, Chris Eagles, Darron Gibson, Dong Fangzhuo, Phil Bardsley, Jonathan Evans, Luke Steele.
Dong Fangzhuo Quickfacts
After making his international debut for China in a 1-0 friendly loss to Germany at Volksparkstadion on the 12th of October 2005, Dong Fangzhuo proceeded to play sixteen games for his nation.