Nomvethe, Khenyeza down Sundowns in Tshwane – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Nomvethe, Khenyeza down Sundowns in Tshwane

Mhlengi Cele of AmaZulu challenged by Fares Hachi of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Pretoria on 21 October 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Oct 21, 2017. 22:35

Goals from Siyabonga Nomvethe and Mabhudi Khenyeza handed AmaZulu a 2-1 win over Mamelodi Sundowns n the Absa Premiership on Saturday night at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.

Coach Cavin Johnson’s men moved up the log table as they jumped to the seventh spot with 11 point from eight games.

Coach Pitso Mosimane’s men started like a house on fire and they managed to put the Durban-base side under pressure.

The hosts had a bright start in the encounter as they probed for an early goal and Sekotlong found a beautiful cross from the right and he made no mistake to finish with ease in the eighth minute.

Sundowns were unfortunate when Percy Tau saw his effort flying over the crossbar as he unleashed a powerful shot in the 17th minute.

The visitors took time to test Ghanaian international goalkeeper Razak Brimah, who was protected by his defence.

In the 37th minute Mosimane’s men found the back of the net as Tau scored, but the speedy forward was found to be offside

There were no goals in the end of the first half, but it was the hosts who continued with attacking and Tau wasted a number of chances to put the hosts further ahead.

Samuel Darpoh tried an attemp to beat Brimah from a long range in the 59th minute, yet he could not hit the target.

Coach Cavin Johnson’s troops could not give up as they pushed for an equaliser, but they failed to break the stable Sundowns defence.

The Usuthu technical bench made changes and Nomvethe was introduced, and with his pace he beat Sundowns’ defence, only to see his effort saved by Brimah in the 78th minute.

A ball from the left flank allowed Cele to pounce on a loose ball in the box as the hosts protested for an offside, but Nomvethe managed to finish on the far post with 11 minutes to play.

However, the visitors gained the front foot and pushed for a winner and Khenyeza sprung the offside trap to beat Brimah on his right corner, 2-1 to Usuthu.

In the last few minutes of the encounter, it was the Durban-based outfit which showed more hunger.

In the end, the Brazilians now move to number nine on the log with as many points from six matches as they registered their second loss in a row.

Mamelodi Sundowns (1) 1 (Sekotlong 08′)

AmaZulu (0) 2 (Nomvethe 79′, Khenyeza 87′)

Mamelodi Sundowns: Brimah, Hachi, Arendse, Morena, Madisha, Ngcongca, Kekana, Sekotlong (Mohomi 69′), Zwane (Lebese 60′), Manyisa (Castro 82′), Tau

AmaZulu: Pule, M. Gumede, P. Gumede, Ouro-Akoriko, Morton, Dlamini L, Darpoh, Mbatha B, Ncobeni, Cele, Manzini (Nomvethe 74′)


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SuperSport United stutter in Tshwane – MTN8 2017


SuperSport United stutter in Tshwane

Pogiso Sanoka of Maritzburg United challenged by Thuso Phala of Supersport United during MTN8 Semifinal match between Supersport United and Maritzburg United at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Atteridgeville South Africa on 26 August 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Aug 26, 2017. 22:35

SuperSport United failed to use their home advantage when they drew 1-1 against Maritzburg United in their MTN8 first leg, semifinal clash at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday night.

Two second half strikes from Thuso Phala and Lebohang Maboe ensured the teams will be level ahead of the second leg.

Despite a tough encounter in the opening 20 minutes of the match, both coaches looked to employ a defensive approach.

However, the 33rd minute saw Devon Saal wasting good moves by the visitors in the heart of the park as they continued to keep Eric Tinkler’s side under pressure.

However, few minutes later, Maritzburg keeper Bongani Mpandle was called to produce a brilliant save to deny SuperSport striker Bradley Grobler.

Towards the end of the opening half, Phala caused all sorts of troubles for Fadlu Davids’ men, yet there are no goals in the opening half.

On the return from the interval, it was the KwaZulu-Natal side pushing for an opener, but their decision making in the final third was not convincing.

In the 53rd minute, Phala opened the scoring after receiving a defence-splitting pass and blasted a powerful shot through Mpandle to hand Tinkler’s side a 1-0 lead.

With less than 18 minutes remaining, Williams produced a wonderful save to deny Deolin Mekoa from a long range effort. A well struck shot by the left winger.

The final 10 minutes of the encounter had no clear cut opportunities, but it was the Team of Choice which had an upper hand.

Davids’ men continued to pile pressure on their hosts and a wonderful pass reached Maboe in the box, whose effort was too powerful for goalkeeper Williams.

However, with added minutes in the injury time, both sides failed to create chances to secure a winning goal as they shared the spoils.

The teams will meet for the second leg on the ninth of September, as the two Premier Soccer League giants look to secure a spot in the final.

SuperSport United (0) 1 (Phala 53′)

Maritzburg United (0) 1 (Maboe 84′)

SuperSport United: Williams, Kekana, Daniels, Gould, Ritchie, Letsholonyane, Mokoena, Phala, Modiba (Alexander 72′), Wome, Grobler (Nkhatha 83′)

Maritzburg United: Mpandle, Fransman, Xulu, Sanoka, Makaringe, Rusike, Ndlovu, Shandu, Maboe, Saal (Van Wyk 63′), Mekoa


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SuperSport, Sundowns open PSL campaign with Tshwane derby – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


SuperSport, Sundowns open PSL campaign with Tshwane derby

Themba Zwane of Mamelodi Sundowns challenges Onismor Bhasera of Supersport United during the Absa Premiership match beween Supersport United v Mamelodi Sundowns on 19 April 2017 at Lucas Moripe Stadium ©Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Friday Aug 18, 2017. 09:00

SuperSport United and Mamelodi Sundowns will open their 2017/18 Absa Premiership campaign with a derby clash at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on 19 August 2017, kick-off at 15h00.

SuperSport had a mixed campaign in 2016/17: they looked capable of challenging for the league title (even going on a 19-game unbeaten run) but they ended up a disappointing fifth after losing five of their last 10 matches. However, they won the Nedbank Cup and finished as runners-up in the Telkom Knockout.

As for Mamelodi Sundowns, they relinquished their PSL title to Bidvest Wits, losing out in a tough battle to Gavin Hunt’s side. Yet their triumph in the 2016 CAF Champions League underlined their status as one of the continent’s finest teams and they will enter this new campaign determined to reassert domestic dominance.

Both sides have seen some significant changes in the offseason: United have Eric Tinkler as their coach following Stuart Baxter’s move to become Bafana Bafana boss, while ‘Downs have made waves by signing Oupa Manyisa from Soweto giants Orlando Pirates.

In head-to-head terms, United and Sundowns have clashed in 52 league matches since 1990. The Brazilians have dominated the rivalry, claiming 27 wins compared to 14 for Matsatsantsa. The team in blue and white have managed just five wins from 26 home league matches against their rivals, the last of which arrived in the 2012/13 season.

Last term the Brazilians claimed a league ‘double’ over their fellow Tshwane club: ‘Downs claimed an emphatic 5-0 home win in the first half of the campaign, while the return game saw Pitso Mosimane’s side triumph 1-0. It was Sundowns’ seventh successive league win over Matsatsantsa.


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