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Stars defeat dismal Downs

Posted: 19 December 2007 Time: 22:07

Platinum Stars began life under new coach Miguel Gamondi in fine fashion as they defeated a dismal Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1 in an Absa Premiership encounter at Loftus Stadium on Wednesday night.

Gamondi got one over the man who took his job at The Brazilians almost two years ago, Gordon Igesund, who must now be in serious danger of the axe at Chloorkop as his side languish in 12th in the table with just three wins from 14 games.

There was plenty of cut and thrust in the opening minutes, but few clear-cut chances. Koketso Mmotong had a shout for a penalty when Michael Manzini appeared to haul him down in the Sundowns area on 12 minutes, but the contact was minimal and the referee waved play-on.

Lerato Chabangu let fly on 22 minutes from all of 30 yards, but the Stars goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini got behind the ball to thwart Sundowns’ first shot on target.

Two minutes later Carelse was denied by a point-blank save from Kapini as he glanced a header from Chabangu’s free-kick goalwards.

But Stars took the lead on 31 minutes when Edward Williams’ cross-cum-shot flew over Calvin Marlin and into the net. Whether he meant it or not, only he will know.

Sundowns tried to respond but looked anything but championship material in the remainder of the first half as they were restricted to long-range efforts that were hopelessly off-target.

The one chance that did come their way fell to Benson Mhlongo at the back post, but his volley from a flick-on went across goal instead of towards it.

Sundowns had the first chance of the second half when George Mofokeng‘s backpass was too tame and Chabangu latched onto the ball, rounded the keeper, but could not direct his shot on goal from a tight angle.

Mofokeng almost sneaked one at the other end as he used his considerable height to rise above the defenders from a long throw, but his goal-bound effort was saved by Marlin.

The giant defender was in the thick of things and was lucky not to receive a second yellow card with 25 minutes remaining when he clattered into substitute Shakes Ngwenya when the ball had long gone.

Just two minutes later Surprise Moriri was denied by the crossbar when his thunderous free-kick from 35-yards was touched onto the woodwork by Kapini, and Dladla saw his shot deflected wide as panic set into the Stars defence.

Sundowns’ problems increased on 78 minutes though, when Mbulelo Mabizela’s foolish lunge on Mmotong led to his second yellow card of the evening and an early shower, leaving his teammates to battle on with 10 men.

The home side piled the pressure on their visitors in the closing stages as Stars played the dangerous game of sitting back on their lead, despite the numerical advantage.

And Ndlovu – the form striker at Downs in recent weeks – should have equalised when he headed wide from six yards when he should at least have hit the target.

But Stars went up the other end and substitute Joseph Mkalipa ended the game as a contest when he found space on the lefthand side of the box and unleashed a powerful shot that gave Marlin no chance in the home goal.

Ndlovu made up for his earlier miss when his header did find the target as the gap was closed to one with a minute left on the clock.

But the boos from the home support that greeted the goal scored by their own side spoke volumes for the mood of Downs fans, who seem to have lost faith in Igesund and his technical team.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 10:43 pm
Bye Bye Gordon!!!!!!!four lost in five games.
Anonymous
posted: 10:57 pm
Mr. Motsepe must now show that he is a capable admninistrator.He must follow the example of Mr. Kaizer Motaung,stick by and support your coach even when the chips are down.Sundowns players nolonger want Gordon,so they nolonger respect him.The other thing is why are we not promoting youngstars?what happened to the 3-years plan that we were told about in the past 5-years or so?Who are we going to buy?There are no more quality players in the market.
Anonymous
posted: 05:25 am
Agg shame! What a fall from grace. History was made. scoring fans booing instead of cheering. Better luck next time without Gordon because im sure he is gone. Maybe Trot will save you.
Anonymous
posted: 06:32 am
Well hard luck for Sundowns. I think Motsepe must learn that you cant buy success in just less than five years. It took Kaizer many decades to build on what he is having at the moment. Gordon unlucky Buti!
Anonymous
posted: 07:19 am
Halala Stars...Halala Stars. Well done with this deservingly win. Big ups to all the players who played their hearts out on the night.Only problem is that we need to play and concentarte for the whole 90 minutes of the game,hence we conceeding in the dying minutes of the game. OB
Anonymous
posted: 07:21 am
Halala Stars...Halala Stars. Well done with this deservingly win. Big ups to all the players who played their hearts out on the night.Only problem is that we need to play and concentarte for the whole 90 minutes of the game,hence we conceeding in the dying minutes of the game. OB
Anonymous
posted: 07:40 am
Sundowns supporters they are the one who put pressure to the coach,last season when gordon was performing well they said no team is going to match them in our league is better to play in english premier league this season,i wonder if they are still saying the same.our league is so competant nowadays so time will come when you get the things right don't fire the coach gordon he'is good.
Anonymous
posted: 08:07 am
Please Gordon give other people a chance you have failed!!!!!!!!! Bye Bye see you on stands.
Anonymous
posted: 08:07 am
Sundowns are just down like everyboby else. So there is no reason why people should start to panic.They will bounce back.
Anonymous
posted: 08:13 am
I'm heartbroken by Sundowns' display last night .I think the players ,not Gordon ,must face Motsepe's wrath .The commitment the players showed last night was questionable .Gordon had his best available 11 on the park ,but the players never really applied themselves .The likes of Ndlela,Johannes,Ngwepe should be given a chance.Come the window period,we must clear some deadwood and buy new players (MPHELA/GAXA/MOON/BATABAIRE/SHONGWE).Whats happening to the players at development?Why aren't we promoting?
Anonymous
posted: 08:25 am
High Mantsantsa AH!! Pretoria dont dispare the man have never win the league with a struggling team,from the very onset his first win was after taking over from Clive and He continued the trend of ploting the dawnfall of other coaches.He can went back to Ajax is doing well after He fail to nature the youngstars of cape town,so the man has no vision but greed of success.
Anonymous
posted: 08:35 am
Don't let the sun go down on me...that's what i can say.
Anonymous
posted: 08:36 am
SIES MAAN.. Jerr Maan.... i am sick & tired of Downs Players & their Clueless Coach.
I am also sick & tired of Mr Motsepe.. why is he still keeping Gordon?.. only him knows.SIES Motsepe shame on you... why r we having a Development & B Team @ Downs?.. we keep playing players like Manzini..& we expect Downs to win the Leg?...PLEASE

Mr Zuma Please Help Sundowns out please.. u r our only hope now.. .. talk to our Cluesless Management Mr Motsepe to fire our Cluess Coach & Clear out the DEADWOOD @ Downs Players..SIES MAAN...

what a shame... & Gordon is still checky talking too much & saying he is NOT going anywhere...COME ON Mr Motsepe.. Ger rid of Gordon & get new players who r willing to die for Downs & promote youngters from the Development Team & B Team..

SIES MAAN...
Anonymous
posted: 08:37 am
SIES MAAN.. Jerr Maan.... i am sick & tired of Downs Players & their Clueless Coach.
I am also sick & tired of Mr Motsepe.. why is he still keeping Gordon?.. only him knows.SIES Motsepe shame on you... why r we having a Development & B Team @ Downs?.. we keep playing players like Manzini..& we expect Downs to win the Leg?...PLEASE

Mr Zuma Please Help Sundowns out please.. u r our only hope now.. .. talk to our Cluesless Management Mr Motsepe to fire our Cluess Coach & Clear out the DEADWOOD @ Downs Players..SIES MAAN...

what a shame... & Gordon is still checky talking too much & saying he is NOT going anywhere...COME ON Mr Motsepe.. Ger rid of Gordon & get new players who r willing to die for Downs & promote youngters from the Development Team & B Team..

SIES MAAN...
Anonymous
posted: 08:45 am
The heading of the article is very wrong as Downs were not dismal their perfomance was better than what chiefs can dish out

As a chiefs Fan I'm happy Downs lost but they deserved to win this game which the article fails to mention as Stars relyed on conter attacks the easiest way to score a goal in football but failed to create even 3 chancrs
Anonymous
posted: 08:48 am
Mr Igesund, you have tried your best, but if your time has elapsed you cant change it. Resigning is better than getting fired.
Anonymous
posted: 08:49 am
sundowns is a disaster.Since sundowns has been defeated by Mighty cup kings in telkom challenge,they never won any game.what is the role of aphataki in the team,that man is useless but Gordon keeps on fielding him.Ohh motsepe be more vigilant, do something before is to late.you have defend legue tiltle this season.people must say league is a long race,the winner start now
Anonymous
posted: 08:50 am
Please,please MR PRESIDENT MOTSEPE fire Mr Igensund before is too late.The players are not happy to play under him.Buy this players:K.MPHELA,P.ZOTHWANE,MPHAHLELE(SWALLOWS) AND N.SIWAHLA(AJAX).Remember GOD is a Brazilian,Mamelodi Sundowns will bounce back next year,mark my words.I would like to wish them a merry christmas and a happy new year.Hola the real CHAMPS.
Anonymous
posted: 08:54 am
sundowns is a disaster.Since sundowns has been defeated by Mighty cup kings in telkom challenge,they never won any game.what is the role of aphataki in the team,that man is useless but Gordon keeps on fielding him.Ohh motsepe be more vigilant, do something before is to late.you won`t defend legue tiltle this season.people must`nt say league is a long race,the winner start now
Anonymous
posted: 09:02 am
I think Gordon got what was coming to him,u cant play with the same team for 2yrs.
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