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Posted: 8 March 2008 Time: 17:47

Mamelodi Sundowns could not beat Bloemfontein Celtic, despite creating numerous chances.

Last season, then co-coaches Miguel Gamondi and Neil Tovey were fired after achieving a goalless draw against Phunya Sele Sele at home.

But it looks unlikely that Brazilians chairman Patrice Motsepe will act now, as he already sacked head coach Gordon Igesund a few weeks ago.

However, caretaker coach Trott Moloto will certainly be worried because, as a result of the draw, Sundowns still linger in 12th position on the Absa Premiership log. Celtic are one position above last season's League champions.

Celtic had an interesting surprise; goalkeeper coach Simon Gopane, now 37-year-old, replaced Posnett Omony, whose mistake against Orlando Pirates cost Phunya Sele Sele the match earlier in the week. It was Gopane's first start this season.

In another weird development, Khabo Zondo, who was sacked as head coach a week ago, will make a miraculous return to Bloemfontein and be in charge again from Monday.

The Brazilians had the brighter start to the match with Lerato Chabangu making some threatening runs on the left flank. In the 5th minute, it was also Chabangu who handed Godfrey Sapula a great opportunity to score the opener.

'The Godfather' lobbed the ball nicely over goalkeeper Gopane, but also, and more disappointingly from a Sundowns point of view, over the crossbar.

Bloemfontein occasionally looked threatening on the counter-attack, exposing the ill-at-ease looking centre-back Robyn Johannes.

On the other hand, Esrom Nyandoro and Jorge Acuna controlled the central midfielder for Sundowns, winning and distributing the ball well. Celtic goalie Gopane got himself into trouble after 15 minutes when he tried to dribble past Chabangu, only to lose the ball.

However, Gopane corrected his mistake through, accordingly, first blocking Chabangu's shot followed by that of Sapula.

Sundowns started to take full control of the match towards the end of the first half, creating several goalscoring opportunities via Brian Aldave, Chabangu and, again, Sapula.

However, either Gopane stood in the way of a goal or the Sundowns player misdirected the shot or header, missing the target as a result.

The second half started like a copybook of the first half with the Brazilians attacking, while Phunya Sele Sele again tried to counter-attack.

But Sundowns' attacking spirit was not helped by getting little width from the right flank, where Fanyana Dhladhla tucked inside too much.

As a result, everything was cramped too much into the centre, as Chabangu also started to play more and more inside, looking for a goal.

Sundowns coach Moloto's changes did not help as well, when he brought on two central midfielders in Brent Carelse and Surprise Moriri, replacing Sapula and striker Aldave.

Moriri was positioned as the lone striker up front, but that is no longer a position he favours these days. Moloto tried to correct his mistake 20 minutes later by bringing on striker Peter Ndlovu.

However, what the Brazilians needed most was a winger to put some telling crosses into the box.

Still, Sundowns created numerous chances through Nyandoro, Moriri, Dhladhla, but the ball could not find the back of the net.

"Bloemfontein came for a draw and they got it," reflected Sundowns coach Moloto. "Still, we created so many opportunities, especially in the first half, and we should have scored."

While Bloemfontein caretaker co-coach David Modise was "happy with the point".

On the return of Zondo as head coach and the future of fellow co-coach Benjamin Reed and himself, Modise reacted: "I haven't heard from management yet. I will wait and see what their plan is for us."

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 06:01 pm
So long as re sa jewa. I think the management needs to make a quick decision as to who the coach is or going to be. We need to work on next season and long term seeing that this season is gone with those who deserve it.
posted: 06:05 pm
What goes around comes around,it`s now ur turn Trott.Fresh ideas still no results,maybe next season.U zo wuzwa umoya kuba fana bastyle.
posted: 06:22 pm
posted: 07:00 pm
Draws and more draws but congratulations to Celtic,they were playing away and able to hold a desparate Sundowns team!!! now its my team's turn tomorrow!
posted: 07:06 pm
Troott is enough manje, u fanele u ya humula, siyela neil tovey, swi lulamile swi ringene, xikepe xinga mbombomela, vaya swoswi .
posted: 07:10 pm
Hola mavusana, coach ya wena ya famba mundzuku .
posted: 08:14 pm
After watching todays game im more convinced that its time that my favourite player Sapula hang up his boots. A seasoned player like him shouldnt be having one bad game after another and missing all those sitters today. C'mon Godfather, its time to bow down when you stil have dignity before you are benched into retirement.
posted: 09:34 pm
Welldone Masandawa but tell Motsepe to open the check book before players can confused abt who's the coach and who's going to coach the team cause that might bring bad results at the end. Sapula must try to improve otherwise he will retire without dignity
posted: 10:43 pm
Congrats Siwelele point away from home, Chiefs watch out as for Mushin you are sitting on a time bomb. How could you offload such expirience there is no time for grooming at Chiefs.
posted: 06:39 am
Trot should be fined for making a stupid decision like the one he did on Saturday.
How can he take Lerato Shabangu? The only player who played like he wanted to win?
posted: 07:26 am
Coaches like any other human beings make mistakes.Trott is no exception to that, no need hold on 'WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN' Moloto these are trying times for the team. Thanks for the point we got. The coach isnt the 1 who tell players to miss opportunities....PHAMBILI BAFANA BASTYLE
posted: 09:24 am
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Godfrey Sapula for his contribution to Sundowns in the past seasons, and I would like him to stand down as Sundowns player, he must hang his boots and let someone like George Acuna to marshal that middle of the park. Acuna is a star on Saturday it was his show, only for Sapula to waste all his hardwork. Supula, Moriri and Mhlongo are finished, done and must leave Sundowns come end of the season
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