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Mamelodi Sundowns lose to Free State Stars

Posted: 19 February 2011 Time: 18:04

Free State Stars put a massive dent in Mamelodi Sundowns’ title hopes with a 2-1 win over the Brazilians at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Saturday afternoon.

In Ea Lla Koto’s first game at the Limpopo venue, goals from Thabo Matlama and Phumlani Mhamha handed them an impressive victory. Sundowns scored their goal through striker Nyasha Mushekwi and welcomed back Katlego Mphela, but it was still a massively disappointing result for them.

The hosts had what looked like a legitimate penalty after Innocent Mdledle tripped Madoda Motha inside the box in the 10th minute, but the referee waved play on.

However, their reward arrived when Matlama was set up by Boitumelo Sekgobela before beating Wayne Sandilands with a low shot in the 25th minute.

But Stars’ joy was short-lived as Sundowns surged forward with much precision and equalised via Mushekwi’s brave header after a long ball from Matthew Pattison in the 27th minute.

However, in the interim, Mushekwi collided with Stars keeper Kennedy Mweene and had to be replaced by Katlego Mphela in the 28th minute. Mphela was playing his first game for Sundowns since he returned to the club after a self-imposed exile.

Teko Modise, who was playing behind the strikers, failed to live up to expectations associated with the number 8 on the back of his jersey, and was eventually replaced by Richard Henyekane in the 80th minute.

Sundowns' best effort in the second half came from Mabhuti Khenyeza, but after receiving a cross from Elias Pelembe in the 59th minute, the Sundowns striker ballooned his shot over the bar.

As if not to be outdone, Matlaba also directed what could have been his second for day over the bar with Sandilands off balance in the 69th minute.

However, Komphela’s charges never looked back in a bid to regain the lead, and it came as no surprise when, after a corner kick from the right, Mhamha out-jumped Thapelo Tshilo before beating Sandilands with a beautiful header in the 73rd minute to seal the game for his team.

Previous comments on this story...

Don Papapi
posted: 06:13 pm

posted: 06:14 pm
Sundowns played the most stupid and boring game I hav ever seen in my life. Its high time Motsepe must make serious rechaffling of the whole sundowns starting from Makhanyas and Trott.
posted: 06:14 pm
Downs going down slowly but surely.
posted: 06:15 pm
Where are all the Sunflops at now? You always bring out your best when you play against The Mighty Bucs.
Now you suffered 2-1 back to back
posted: 06:20 pm
The Egyptians better focus on the Nedbank Cup...
posted: 06:20 pm
Sundowns has got problems and they need to admit, so as to sort out their problems. As for the league they should just forget.
posted: 06:23 pm
Hmmmm. Pretoria Soccer League.Today I officially withdraw my long held view that in the end the championship race will b btwn de Mighty Khosi n Sunflower.after de 26 Feb the mighty Khosi will be walking alone.
posted: 06:25 pm
Those Sunclowns fans who hounded the coach out of the team will now c how stupid they are.
posted: 06:25 pm
Well done Steve nobubi, for once you've walked the talk.

For us maDawana, let's concede.... that was it, it's all curtains!
posted: 06:25 pm
It never rains bt pours for the Chloorkak side..
posted: 06:25 pm
to those who were sending threats to Habas- are they proud of themselves now??
The day Gorowa took over that's the day i gave up on sundowns winning the league.
The way things are- we'd lucky to maintain a top four finish otherwise i'm not really sadden by today's loss- i expected it. I don't have faith in the current set up at the club- we can have all the expensive players but as long as we have a unreliable management, coaching staff and no commitment from players- we're never going to achieve anything.
I can point all the weakest links within the team- sadly Gorowa has to make the final decision. as to why mphela came on ahead of richard is beyond my understanding.
How did it happen that the coach who almost sent swallows to the first division was allowed to takeover at a time which still had a chance of winning the league?
The day Habas left that's the day our chances of winning the league left. I still believe Screamer Tshabalala will be the best man to takeover however a major shake up is still needed in the management department.
The league is between pirates and ajax- chiefs will never make it.
posted: 06:26 pm
By the way, what's the excuse now since the time delay tactics were not used by FSS
posted: 06:28 pm
what a shame!! What a waste of money on teko modise! Sunflops are out n da competion is between the mighty bucs n bulawayo chips
posted: 06:29 pm
Is it true that now alex shakoane now rapes with a vuvuzela?
posted: 06:30 pm
i guess Gorowa is also heading for the exit door,the same one experienced by Antonia Lopez Habas
posted: 06:36 pm
kazi kwakhala nyonini.sundow has taken al our valuable players mdledle,cheeseboy,vilakazi&our very own general but what r they gaining lalelake mr motshepe u don't mess with amabhakabhaka&succed.mr mr general cum bak home
posted: 06:37 pm
@sizwe ur rite about Sunflops chancez! But for yo predations on the outcome of the league ur very wrong my friend! Chiefs will eventually win it like or not.
posted: 06:40 pm
maru ithink u nid 2 respect ppl evr time i c yo comments it insults other ppl pls don't show us wat kind of a family u cum frm
posted: 06:41 pm
shame... mara ke sono
posted: 06:42 pm
i have been out of the country 4-2 monthes & 2 my surprise Sunflops got a new coach incharge called Teko , what a wast of money? Ha ha ha!!.
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