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Swallows back to winning ways

Posted: 27 February 2008 Time: 21:45

Trott Moloto's first Absa Premiership game in charge of Mamelodi Sundowns ended in a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Moroka Swallows at Loftus Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The former Bafana Bafana mentor, leading the Brazilians in a caretaker capacity following the dismissal of Gordon Igesund on Sunday, saw his side fall to a seventh home defeat in the 2007/08 season despite taking the lead just a few minutes into the game.

Sundowns signalled their intentions early on when Peter Ndlovu's shot forced Swallows 'keeper Greg Etafia into a good save in the first minute.

And less than two minutes later the Brazilians opened the scoring, with Brent Carelse latching onto a loose ball in the penalty area, firing into the back of the net after Lerato Chabangu's shot had been parried by Etafia.

Swallows, though, did not allow the concession of an early goal to put them off and they drew level in the ninth minute, with Zambian striker James Chamanga hitting a low drive past Brian Baloyi.

The Birds, buoyed by their equaliser, went on the attack, but Mark Haskins, Alton Meiring and Patrick Mabedi all saw their efforts on goal fail to trouble Baloyi.

Sundowns responded with Oscar Ntwagae shooting wide on 20 minutes, but Baloyi was soon called into action to keep out Cecil Oersen's drive from the edge of the penalty area.

In the 36th minute the veteran 'keeper was at it again, diving to push away Chamanga's shot. A short while later Lefa Tsutsulupa tried his luck from 30 metres out and sent a powerful drive wide of Sundowns' posts, leaving the sides locked a goal apiece at the break.

The Brazilians started the second half brightly, with both Carelse and Bryan Aldave shooting narrowly wide within the first ten minutes after the restart.

However, on the hour mark, Swallows earned a penalty as Shere Lekgothoane brought Oersen down in the box. Oersen himself took the spot kick and calmly stroked the ball into the bottom left of the net to put the Birds 2-1 ahead.

Sundowns struggled to get back into the game after going behind but the visitors did need Etafia to make two good saves within a minute from Lekgothoane and Carelse.

The Nigerian 'keeper made another fine stop in the 87th minute to deny Aldave his second goal in as many games.

In the 90th minute Swallows scored again when Maimane Phiri scored with a direct free-kick leaving Baloyi well beaten.

Swallows move to 10th on 25 points, level with Bloemfontein Celtic and Platinum Stars, while Sundowns remain in a lowly 12th on 21 points.

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Anonymous
posted: 09:49 pm
I waited patiently 4 the report of this game to go come out. Kickoff u nearly spoiled my night. Ur webmaster is not ready 4 2010. Just a mare report I had 2 wait 30 min. I am very disappointed. U must outsource this post 2 me, I will automate and put everything. U know by default Sundowns is lose. If it wasn’t for supersport live commentary, I’d have called the party off. Halala! Maswaiswa halala! Until they erase 44 from their history books, KILL THEM. I SAY, KILL! KILL! They think Chiefs go around making noise after stupid 2 passes or wins. KILL!
Anonymous
posted: 09:58 pm
There is no more big team. Sorry Trappattoni welcome to the real world you have been waiting in the wings letting Gordon face the music, back stabber. The bottom is your destination sundowns not the sky is the limit.
Anonymous
posted: 09:58 pm
I am a die hard Sundowns fan but for some strange reason I AM HAPPY SUNDOWNS LOST THIS GAME. Mr Motsepe has to realise he made a mistake by firing Gordon, the players are the reason why Sundowns is "struggling". They did not want Gordon and maybe they don't want Trott either.

How come the players wanted Tovey the same day Gordon was released from his duties? you do the math.
Anonymous
posted: 09:59 pm
I am a die hard Sundowns fan but for some strange reason I AM HAPPY SUNDOWNS LOST THIS GAME. Mr Motsepe has to realise he made a mistake by firing Gordon, the players are the reason why Sundowns is "struggling". They did not want Gordon and maybe they don't want Trott either.

How come the players wanted Tovey the same day Gordon was released from his duties? you do the math.
Anonymous
posted: 10:03 pm
Trott trott, u ya hluleka mfana, vaya b4 good wena, gents which one is better btwn neil tovey and trott, is better u tovey back, otherwise mvela is around a coner, ooooooops .
Anonymous
posted: 10:04 pm
Trott trott, u ya hluleka mfana, vaya b4 good wena, gents which one is better btwn neil tovey and trott, is better u tovey back, otherwise mvela is around a coner, ooooooops .
Anonymous
posted: 10:04 pm
Witchcraft in soccer is a crime!!! Chiefs cursed our Loftus thats why we have only beaten Pirates( biggest rival).
Anonymous
posted: 10:18 pm
Viva Swallows viva! Viva SASCO viva! Viva ANCYL viva! Viva YCL viva! Viva James Chamanga viva! Sundowns fans might be eating pies now or should I say pie-rats hence they have stomach ache to match the Dube Birds. Where is Mqwa xa kunje? Konakele Mqwa. Hayi I mean, Mqwa @ UWC - Liberty res. lol lol lol. Motsepe is like Spinach or Poepaye - but one of the two lol more esp when in suit
Anonymous
posted: 10:19 pm
What u mean njabulo, come out my man, u funa ukuthini .
Anonymous
posted: 10:24 pm
Sundowns needs a total change of personnel, cliched as it may. I have always said that winning can be deceiving, and Sundowns won two league titles under Neil Tovey and Gordon Igesund respectively, but I was not convinced that they were playing 'quality' football, and that was proved by their failed African champs league. Our domestic league is one of the richest, and equally the weakest in the continent. Winning the league in SA is not a true reflection of a strong team, but a case of the strongest of the weakest, am I making sense? If not I hope you tell me of one consistent team in the league. Chiefs have a very healthy trophy cabinet, but they almost always win those on dead balls [penalties]. The less said about Pirates the better as they have some good young stars, they are really not that convincing as a team. Come 2010 and we will be hosting winners, believe me on that, because our super teams are super pathetic. By Rudzani Musekwa, Stellenbosch University in Cape Town.
Anonymous
posted: 10:26 pm
Gold is performing better than sundowns these days. Mr billionaire i tell you everyone wants 2 play 4 sundowns not 2 achieve but 4 money, after all even if you sell medals they wont get as much money. We need a new plan at downs and the first step would be 2 slash salaries and see if they ll stay with your team. I enjoy watching tiger woods playing golf. Nx sundowns is dead
Anonymous
posted: 10:33 pm
Amakhosi has nothing to do with Sundowns' loose. They bewitched themselves by stealing our players.We told them their day will come and now it has arrived. Ma bafe Masandawani ma bafe . I wish they get 5-1 in their next match.
Anonymous
posted: 10:52 pm
There is no more bafana ba style,it is bafana ba mvela maybe he (Tokyo)and Motsepe will do good business there.
Anonymous
posted: 11:13 pm
Mr Motsepe...soccer is not gold! Your players are rich and lazy! You need some energy and some hungry lions or you will be playing Mvela soon...
Anonymous
posted: 11:59 pm
just wana say something that i feel is happening to the ABSA league teams perfomance..
wel will all have to look at the standings of big teams in SA and one wonders why are they where they are now.for me i believe is because of this...
when cheifs are really on fire pirates and sondowns they are too..when chiefs loose form they do too..look at all of the seasons that when you see chiefs on top three or they lead the pack whjen the league starts ..can someone tell me where they will find sundown and pirates..look back to all past seasons.when amakhosi challenge for silverware they are there too..but when they arent challenging for it..they dont perform..why...?remeber when cheifs were not on top 8..what position was sundawana and lebakha..this tym again there they are chiefs the other big teams arent doing anything..they cant just compete when chiefs is not on fire..wait untill chiefs regroup and find their form believe me all those teams that arent doing great this eason they will be onfire just because lekhosi le a busa..
Anonymous
posted: 02:29 am
Bafana ba style are losing in style cos now I`m confused which style were they talking about or are they still talking about the 44 passes cos that happen ages ago,dankie Swallows for showing them the real winning style
Anonymous
posted: 06:35 am
Guys, have you heard that Motsepe wants to buy Ronaldinho? To Mr Money, you cannot buy success. Swallow your pride and ask The Master(Motaung) how did he reach where he is today. Patience Baba Patience. Lastly I dont think Motsepe is good for our football. Is he going to fire Trappatoni(Moloto) as well. Rena re tlo go tshega phela Motsepe!
Anonymous
posted: 06:47 am
He.he.he. Bafana bastayela!! I think everything is going wrong with Patrice. Firstly, the mine in Camperdown(KZN)and now the birds in GP?
Anonymous
posted: 07:31 am
i dnt wnt any IDIOT ON MA BACK COS I'LL PIS-HIM-OFF.
MOTSEPE THEY R LOOKING 4 TOVEY!!!!!!!!!

WATCHOUT IDIOTS NIZO-BI--SHA!!!
Anonymous
posted: 07:40 am
sundowns needs a serious overhaul,from management to the bunch of useless spoilt players.By the way most of the sundowns players if not all have gained weight,guess it is the fat cheques they receive at the end of each month
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