Sundowns are Supa 8 Champions
Posted: 28 October 2007 Time: 09:00
Mamelodi Sundowns beat Orlando Pirates 1-0 to win the SAA Supa 8 Cup Final in Durban on Saturday night.
The goal was scored in the first half by Brent Carelse.
The match was entertaining with both sides having scoring opportunities.
Sundowns looked the better side during the first half but in the second half Pirates really took the game to Sundowns and had it not been for a solid defence marshalled by ‘man of the match’ Mbulelo Mabizela including a number of good saved from keeper Brian Baloyi then Pirates would have probably equalised.
Patrick Apataki nearly gave Sundowns a perfect start early when he received the ball in front of goal but hammered the ball straight at keeper Francis Chansa.
Surprise Moriri had a slight chance for Sundowns when he headed the ball past the upright in the 12th minute.
Sundowns scored in the 15th minute when a half clearance by the Pirates defence fell to Brent Carelse in the penalty area, he scored with a low left-footed shot giving Chansa no chance.
Brian Baloyi denied Pirates when he made a great save pushing a shot by Paulos Masehe over the bar.
The Brazilians nearly made in 2-0 in the 29th minute when Carelse just failed to get his foot to a low cross from Josta Dladla.
Pirates came close to scoring when Rudzani Ramudzuli hammered the ball over the bar from close in the 32nd minute.
In the 60th minute Tico-Tico Bucuane‘s long-range shot was easily saved by Baloyi.
Teko Modise nearly scored in the 63rd minute when he took a direct free kick which was brilliantly saved by Baloyi to keep his side in front.
Sundowns’ new Chilean signing Jorge Acuña made his debut replacing goal scorer Brent Carelse in the 73rd minute.
As the game drew to a close Pirates attacked but were unable to crack the Sundowns defence.
Joseph Makhanya nearly got a late equalizer when his left-footed shot was well saved by a diving Baloyi in the 91st minute.
In the end the Brazilians won their first Cup competition since the 1999 Rothmans Cup.