Sundowns Start Season With Victory Over City

Author: iDiski Times
 | Date: August 5, 2022

Mamelodi Sundowns started the season off with a bang as they Cape Town City 2-0 in the first game of the DStv Premiership season, played at the DHL Stadium on Friday night.

It was a match-up between the two clubs who finished first and second last season, and three debutants started the game, with Ronwen Williams getting his first chance for Sundowns, while Eric Tinkler gave starts to Marc Van Heerden and teenage striker Luke Daniels.

It was a positive start to the game for both sides, cheered on by a packed stadium, dominated by Masandawana fans, but while Sundowns did the early threatening, the first shot at goal came from City’s Darwin Gonzalez, however, his 9th-minute effort was wayward. Haashim Domingo had a chance for the visitors in the 13th minute, but his shot was also off target. Aubrey Modiba had an opportunity two minutes later, but slipped as he shot, and his effort went wide of Hugo Marques’ goal.

Marc Van Heerden’s cross-come-shot was neatly dealt with by Williams in the 16th minute, while Thabo Nodada missed a great chance in the 20th minute after some good work by Khanyisa Mayo down the right.

Domingo shot over again a minute later, while the former Capetonian missed another chance just after the half-hour mark. City’s young striker Daniels went close in the 35th minute, but couldn’t direct his header on target. Van Heerden’s effort three minutes later was on target, but straight at Williams.

Mayo shot over just before the break and at half-time, it remained goalless.

Mayo’s free-kick five minutes into the second half went wide of Williams’ goal.  But finally, the deadlock was broken, but at the other end, as former City man, Aubrey Modiba’s free kick beat Marques at the hour mark to make it 1-0.
And it was 2-0 three minutes later, Themba Zwane getting into the box, and chipping over an on-rushing Marques.
City substitute Kajally Drameh had a chance in the 73rd minute to pull one back, but his header looped over Williams’ goal.
City pushed for a way back into the game, making more changes, including a debut for American-born Jordan Bender, but they were finding it tough to break down the champions’ defence.
Another substitute went close in the 82nd minute, but Williams pulled off a good save to deny Mo May from close range.
While it was just a cameo, another debutant got a few minutes, as Sipho Mbule came on for stoppage time for Sundowns.

In the latest edition of iDiski Times you can also hear from new Kaizer Chiefs signings Ashley Du Preez, Zitha Kwinika and Dillan Solomons. We also hear from the new bosses from the Soweto giants, with Arthur Zwane outlaying his ambition for Kaizer Chiefs, and Jose Riveiro for Orlando Pirates. There is also reaction from Hildah Magaia, Nombula Kgoale and Nthabiseng Majiya after Banyana’s historic WAFCON triumph, and reaction to Benni McCarthy’s appointment at Manchester United, plus much more.
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