Powerlines defeat not a world record

2012-03-05 15:02

A consolation for Powerlines FC amateurs after their 24-0 Nedbank Cup drubbing yesterday at the hands of Mamelodi Sundowns was not a world record defeat.

The match was played at the GWK Stadium in Kimberley, Northern Cape.

They still had a long way to go to the world record of a 149-0 defeat suffered by hapless Stade Olimpique L’Emyrne against AS Adema in Madagascar 10 years ago.

“Still, it hurts. Losing 24-0 is nothing to be proud of, but I’m proud of my team,” said Powerlines coach Cornelius Brandt.

The loss constitutes a South African record for a major senior fixture, exceeding the two 16-0 victory scorelines that AmaZulu achieved.

“They reached the Last 32 stage of South Africa’s premier cup competition from an initial entry of many hundreds and lost to the current Premier League leaders, who are one of the best, if not the best team in the country at the moment,” Brandt said.

He said the experience would prove greatly beneficial to his players in the long run. “They learnt enormously from their 90 minutes of torture and will come out much better players as a consequence.

“It will see us in good stead when we return to the amateur leagues and we’ll be out to do to the opposition what Sundowns did to us.”

Brandt said his players had been shell-shocked and unnerved by the experience of playing against The Brazilians, and were capable of doing much better.

Powerlines goalkeeper Thabiso Louw, who had little chance of saving most of the 24 Sundowns’ goals as his defence capitulated, admitted it had been difficult to sleep yesterday evening.

“I was haunted by the memory of letting in 24 goals, but it won’t deter me from continuing with my soccer career,” the 18-year-old said.

He said his favourite club was Kaizer Chiefs and his favourite players were Chiefs’ and Bafana Bafana players Itumeleng Khune (goalkeeper) and Siphiwe Tshabalala (midfileder).

He still dreamed of one day playing for the Amakhosi.

Sundowns’ coach Johan Neeskens said he had instructed his players to play professionally for the entire 90 minutes.

“It was a sign of respect to our opponent not to resort to show-boating and clowning about,” said Neeskens. “In the meantime, I also warned my players after the game not to let the 24 goals go to their heads.

“When we step onto the pitch next time, the scoreline will be 0-0 and we will have to start all over again.”

Neeskens conceded the Sundowns players had done all that he had asked of them and he was impressed with their attitude throughout the proceedings.

“I would not have accepted glory play.”

It was a goal glut headed by Hlompho Kekana (seven goals), Nyasha Mushekwe (six) and Richard Henyekane (five).

The individual record of nine goals in a game set by Golden Arrows’ Hendrik Hardley was not bettered.

The match, however, improved the record of most goals in a game set in the now-defunct National Football League, when Durban City beat Johannesburg City 17-3.

Ironically, it was also in the National Football League during the late 1960s that a club called Powerlines was created by an Italian power cable company of the same name.

It produced some of the most exciting football by a South African team.

The present Powerlines were named after them, but do not quite live up to the high standards of their predecessors.

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