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Collins Mbesuma scored his first goal of the Absa Premiership season.

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Mbesuma opens his Sundowns account

Posted: 22 October 2008 Time: 21:35

Collins Mbesuma scored his first goal of the Absa Premiership season as Mamelodi Sundowns eased past AmaZulu with a 3-0 win at the Super Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Goals either side of half time from Katlego Mphela and Dario Monteiro and a late tap-in from substitute Collins Mbesuma saw the hosts claim an important victory that gets their league campaign back on track ahead of cup commitments at the weekend.

For AmaZulu, however, it is a third straight loss (including their defeat against SuperSport in the Telkom Knockout Cup at the weekend) and a fourth defeat from five games in all competitions in 2008/09.

Usuthu were not helped by having several strikers unavailable for selection; this on top of the tragic death of Siyabonga Mkhwanazi last month that saw this game postponed from its original date. Sean Dundee was given his first start of the season but the former Liverpool striker looked well short of the kind of sharpness coach Clive Barker will hope he can provide in months to come, though in fairness neither he nor strike partner Bradley Ritson were provided with any service to speak of.

The Brazilians missed two gilt-edged chances in the opening exchanges, with both Mphela and Sydney Plaatjies failing to hit the target with free headers from corner kicks. Midfielder Jorge Acuna also tried to get in on the act, but his half volley midway through the first half flew well over the AmaZulu goal.

Sundowns seemed to lack cohesion and vision in their play until a good burst forward from Siboniso Gaxa in the 39th minute. Playing in an unfamiliar role in midfield due to the absence of Esrom Nyandoro, Gaxa exchanged passes with Monteiro and drew goalkeeper Kalililo Kakonje off his line before squaring for Mphela to tuck the ball home.

AmaZulu were unlucky not to go into the break level at 1-1 after Ntokozo Sikhakhane had a goal disallowed in the 42nd minute. Striker Sean Dundee fired a shot through a crowded penalty area and Sikhakhane poked the loose ball into the back of the net, but he was ruled offside in a tight decision that could have gone either way.

Mphela should have doubled his side's lead in the 57th minute, but he completely missed his kick after a clever touch from Monteiro had created a clear shooting opportunity inside the penalty area.

But the striker's miss was not costly, as his partner put the Brazilians 2-0 up in the 67th minute. Dladla sent Monteiro through with a slide rule pass and the Mozambique international skipped past Kakonje before stroking the ball into the back of the net for his third Absa Premiership goal in as many games.

Mbesuma wrapped it up in the first minute of injury time by scoring his first goal since returning to South African football, tapping in from close range after Koketso Mmotong had done all the running on a counter attack.

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Previous comments on this story...

posted: 08:36 am
lucky sunflower.i hope they get pitted against golden arrows next
posted: 08:59 am
well done ntofo ntofo...u can still score more goals....
posted: 09:17 am
sundowns is finding its feets now... please chips do the same thing!!!
posted: 09:28 am
come on kick off,why u hiding this article....
posted: 09:29 am
most of comment box members havent see this article... plz mr editor...show this article in top stories!!!!
posted: 09:30 am
mr editor u make me angry now...how can u hide an article like this???
posted: 09:31 am
mr editor dont make me to start insulting you.....
posted: 09:33 am
once they saw this article...they will be like a flock of sheeps...u will see them
posted: 09:34 am
hey guys mr editor is not a fan of Downs at all...he he he
posted: 10:25 am
Honestly I am worried about my team.How is Mloto going to manage a team that STARTS with minus ( Tso,Zuma, Mabizela,Nyandoro,Moriri,Chabangu,Mbesuma, Carlin) but plays with so much confidence.Ithink Krol is facing the same problem.However I admit its better to have surplus than not to buy like one i know which when others bought they told us they wewre groooming
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