Platinum Stars outshine Mamelodi Sundowns

2014-08-02 23:05

Platinum Stars shone today as they dazzled Mamelodi Sundowns with a 2-1 scoreline.

In the process, the defending MTN8 champions knocked out the defending league champions and joined Bidvest Wits in the semifinals of the R8?million Wafa Wafa tournament.

Two first-half goals by Vuyo Mere, from the penalty spot, and Ndumiso Mabena were enough to send Downs packing and put Dikwena on course to defending their title.

Sundowns’ late onslaught, which saw them pulling one from a rather bizarre Teko Modise goal, could not save their blushes as they succumbed to the Phokeng side.

If anything, the 89th-minute goal made it an interesting finish as it put supporters on the edge of their seats as they hoped for the equaliser, but Stars hung on for dear life.

The game was so sweet for Stars that it resulted in a hive of activity behind their goal.

The game had to be halted for a few minutes to remove a swarm of bees that had found a home in a television microphone.

Stars were not given a chance coming into this game, but proved that matches are won on the field. They showed no respect for the expensively assembled Downs.

The defeat will have left a bitter taste in Downs coach Pitso Mosimane’s mouth after he raided the market in the off-season to bring in no less than seven players.

One of them was Lindokuhle Mbatha. The former Stars player made the starting line-up, but could not get one over his former side.

Although Mosimane did say this trophy was the least of his priorities, deep down he would know it was one less in his mission to bring more silverware to Chloorkop. The eight-team tournament is the easiest to win?– only four matches are played for the R8?million prize.

Credit should go to Stars coach Allan Freese, who inspired his side to victory despite losing some of their big stars in the off-season, including Henrico Botes, Issa Sarr, Benson Mhlongo and Elias Ngwepe.

The last quarterfinal will see Mpumalanga Black Aces visiting Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium this afternoon.

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