Sundowns Go Five Points Clear
Mamelodi Sundowns moved five points clear at the top of table, as two DStv Premiership games were played on Sunday.
Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0 Chippa United
Sundowns were too strong for Chippa at the Loftus Stadium on Sunday as walked away comfortable 2-0 victors.
In an emotional moment, both teams stopped playing in the 2nd minute, and applauded for 60 seconds in memory of Motjeka Madisha, who passed away last month. Sundowns had respected Madisha’s family request to wait before any tribute for DNA test results, which were only released yesterday confirming it was Madisha who passed away in the vehicle accident.
Lebogang Maboe put Sundowns in the lead in the 23rd minute, running onto a great cross from Peter Shalulile, and Maboe headed into the top left corner.
A half hour in and Themba Zwane was inches away from doubling the lead, but a one handed save from Ayanda Mtshali denied him.
Gaston Sirino made it 2-0 in the 38th minute, placing the ball in neatly, after being set up by Shalulile.
Zwane was denied in the 65th minute from adding the third, when the ball was blocked by a defender (though it looked like a handball) while Shalulile was denied by a good save by Mtshali a minute later.
It could have been a lot more, with a few questionable off-side calls and a fair call for a penalty not awarded, not to mention the missed opportunities.
Baroka 1-1 Cape Town City
City missed an opportunity to go to fourth as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Baroka.
City were dealt an early blow when captain Thabo Nodada had to go off injured, and was replaced by Mpho Makola in the 12th minute.
Oscarine Masuleke had to be aware in the 27th minute to deny Makola’s good effort at goal, as City controlled possession and did most of the attacking in the first half.
But despite having over seventy percent of the possession, and creating the better chances, the visitors weren’t able to score and it was goalless at halftime.
In the 50th minute City finally struck as Surprise Ralani made it 1-0. Ralani combining with Mdu Mdantsane to unlock the Baroka defence, as Ralani dribbled into the box and put the ball in the back of the net.
Against the run of play, Baroka found the equaliser, as Terrence Mashego’s own goal left Peter Leeuwenburgh with no chance.
The match ended on a sour note as Ralani was fouled by Mashweu Mphahlele. The bad tackle had the City bench and players furious, as they felt it deserved more than the yellow card Mphahlele received.