Downs’ double mission continues

2012-04-14 19:16

Mamelodi Sundows (1) 2
Maritzburg United (0)

The dream of a double lives on for Mamelodi Sundowns.

The Absa Premiership log leaders are now on a two-pronged mission – the league title and the Nedbank Cup.

It is not surprising that when the Nedbank Cup semifinals draw is conducted tomorrow, Sundowns’ name will be one of the four.

They deserved their win over Maritzburg United, who finished the match a man down after Rheece Evans was ejected following two bookings.

This cup seems to be striker Nyasha Mushekwi’s. The Zimbabwean came off the bench to score his ninth goal of the tournament.

His 75th-minute strike added to the two he scored against Bidvest Wits and six against defenceless Powerlines FC. In fact, the Brazilians have scored a whopping 28 goals so far and are still to concede.

A quick thinking pass from Surprise Moriri in the 38th minute resulted in the ball kissing the back of the net through Lebohang Mokoena.

This after referee Zolile Mthetho had blown for a foul just outside the box and Moriri spotted Mokoena making a run and before United woke up, the ball was at the back of the net.

But Sundowns need to improve on their goal-scoring ability if they are to realise their dream of clinching a double as they should have buried the KwaZulu-Natal club.

With only six points clear of relegation, United should now channel their efforts on league survival.

They will get a chance of avenging yesterday’s loss on Saturday when they meet the Brazilians again in a league match in Port Elizabeth.

On Tuesday, they have another tricky outing against Kaizer Chiefs in Polokwane.

The opening stanza did not provide much action but at least Downs’ supporters kept members of the media awake with their songs throughout the dull 45 minutes as the two clubs sized each other up.

The match seriously needed a goal to spark life into the two teams but even after Mokoena’s goal, United still seemed to be content with defending in their own half.

It’s surprising that head coach Ernst Middendorp opted for a defensive approach as his only attacking player on the field was striker Diyo Sibisi.

The German mentor deployed right-back Peter Petersen as a winger and another defender Wayne Matle in midfield. This was a plot to stop left-back Punch Masenamela from making runs forward and the plan worked successfully.

It wasn’t surprising that they had only one shot at goal in the opening 45 minutes while Sundowns’ attacks were not lethal and didn’t cause problems at the other end.

Sundowns failed to capitalise on United’s mistake in the box when David Booysen needlessly played a back pass to goalkeeper Shuaib Walters, resulting in a free kick inside the box but marksman Katlego Mphela’s effort bounced off the wall.

Minutes later, Mphela hobbled out with a hamstring injury and in came crowd favourite Mushekwi. The man from Zimbabwe did not disappoint.

 

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.