It’s a stalemate in Tshwane

2014-12-13 23:00

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As long as Mamelodi Sundowns fail to get maximum points, they hand an advantage to log leaders Kaizer Chiefs who can afford to slip up at the top.

The defending champions dropped yet another two valuable points after this draw with their cross-town rivals, University of Pretoria.

The result means Downs have dropped four points in two successive games after their midweek stalemate with Orlando Pirates.

Coach Pitso Mosimane might well feel these were two points dropped rather than the single one gained here yesterday as Downs failed to convert their massive ball possession into goals.

On any other day, Sundowns would have won comfortably, but that’s the nature of football – if you don’t convert your chances, you don’t win games.

On the other hand, AmaTuks coach Sammy Troughton is still looking for his maiden victory since taking over the reins from Steve Barker last month.

Troughton has now lost one game and drawn three. There are derbies then there is this Tshwane derby between Tuks and Sundowns.

Although these two teams hail from Tshwane, there should be a petition to declassify this contest as a derby.

A timid contest like this does not warrant the title of being one of the fiercest rivalries between teams across town.

The fixture was characterised by a comedy of errors stemming from bad officiating and missed chances to Sundowns goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene being seemingly otherwise preoccupied.

But at least the two coaches in their respective dugouts entertained the supporters with their own altercations and their arguing over the decisions of the officials.

Downs should have killed this contest in the opening 10 minutes as they forced the home side on the back foot.

Khama Billiat, who has been in good scoring form for the Brazilians of late, returned to his old ways of missed chances.

He failed to find the back of the net from a Teko Modise free kick, which goalkeeper Washington Arubi parried back into play in the sixth minute.

Billiat thought he had scored only to find that Tuks captain Tebogo Monyai had cleared it on the line.

But Billiat did make amends for the miss in the 50th minute, when he easily tapped in from a Cuthbert Malajila pass to score his fourth goal in as many games.

Malajila failed to give Downs the lead when he missed an easy target in the 77th minute from an Anthony Laffor cross.

Meanwhile, Tuks had their own problems in front of goal.

Mweene had a nightmare in goal with his often misjudged clearances, and Tuks failed to take advantage of his off day.

Decision-making in front of goal was their undoing as Vuyisile Ntombayithethi and Thabo Mnyamane made the wrong decisions when presented with chances to take shots at goal.

But Tuks soon took the lead thereafter when Mweene failed to deal with a Geofrey Massa long-range free kick. Mnyamane was on hand to finish from the rebound in the 36th minute.

Two minutes later, Mnyamane should have made it two but his effort went narrowly wide with only Mweene to beat.

The match officials did not want to be left out of the drama.

They had their fair share of controversy with their decisions which left both benches seething with anger.

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