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Francois Adams of Vasco da Gama battles with Nyasha Mushekwi of Mamelodi Sundowns

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Mamelodi Sundowns beat Vasco da Gama 1-0

Posted: 16 March 2011 Time: 21:28

Mamelodi Sundowns stay in the race for the Premiership title with a 1-0 win over Vasco da Gama on Wednesday night.

Nyasha Mushekwi got the goal for Sundowns, sending them up to second place on the Premiership log, just two points behind new log leaders Ajax Cape Town.

Sundowns should have claimed a more comprehensive win over Vasco due to the number of scoring chances they created in the first half, but in the end they scored from what was - unbelievably - their only shot on target.

Both sides fielded reshuffled defences, Sundowns playing youngster Siyabonga Ngubane out of position at right-back (though he acquitted himself more than adequately), while Vasco gave Vincent Julius his first start of the season in central defence.

The visitors started confidently, but from the moment Sundowns created their first scoring chance, in the seventh minute - from which Nyasha Mushekwi inexplicably failed to get away a shot before teeing up Katlego Mphela to blaze wide - it was virtually one-way traffic.

Mushekwi made up for his earlier hesitancy in the 18th minute when the put the Brazilians ahead. The striker ran onto a perfectly-weighted pass from the excellent Elias Pelembe and beat Jason Barnard with a low shot into the bottom corner of the net.

The Zimbabwean should have had a hat-trick in the first half, as he squandered a good opportunity straight after his goal and then glanced a header wide of the target in the 35th minute from another terrific cross by Pelembe.

While Vasco occasionally threatened through Sibusiso Zuma and captain Keenin Lesch, they were unable to really test goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands, who was not called upon to make any notable saves in the first 45 minutes.

The second half was a frustrating one for the Brazilians. They were unable to get going in attack and, as the half wore on, Vasco grew in confidence and began to threaten an equalising goal, particularly late on when they won a number of corner-kicks.

However, Sundowns’ somewhat makeshift defence did an excellent job in protecting their lead and the Cape side were able to create only one genuine chance: Armogam sprinted free on a counter attack in the 77th minute but put his effort over the crossbar with Esrom Nyandoro putting him under pressure.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 09:52 pm
Well done to downs n Ajax respectively,,,i think the league has never been this interesting before n indeed it will go down to the wire

Eish my team was Tsipad by the briliant Ajax but ho tla loka anyway this is bucs for u n we love it as it is.
Tshwane Derby
posted: 10:22 pm
My team fought real hard for 3 points, one game at the time boys.

@ Motlokoa I agree with you on this one it is going down to the wire,
Iron Duke(Owner of Porridge fc)
posted: 10:27 pm
Hahaha, Midgets and the Khoisan was running like headless chickens. Watching Serero and finished by Khama...lmao
Anonymous
posted: 10:31 pm
i respect serero n maluleke....pure talent
Anonymous
posted: 10:53 pm
Not a pretty win but a win is a win & believe u me the race is between ajax & downs simply because they're out of the nedbank cup and can fully focus in the league.
Anonymous
posted: 10:53 pm
Holland has good coaches & de haan won it 4 ajax tdy with a good game plan. They forced us to play in our own half & we defended too deep while giving them too much space. We can't win all games & we lost 2 a good team. We wil bounce back as they stil hav 2 play each other & 2 wins wld put us back to where we belong. Once & always till we die! Up the Bucs!
Anonymous
posted: 10:59 pm
Bona Masandawana ka boyelo a fihlile,shapa ka boyelo shapa!!!Ha e le no 1 teng re yaya,leuge belongs to Pretoria,MASANDAWANA KA BOYELO.
Sweyts',)
posted: 11:30 pm
We DESERVE this title ma-Brasilia, I mean...to be fair, we led for the better part of the season undethroned, until Habus accepted a brown envelope or two! hl, hl!

We are only seeking what's ours njee......5 time Psl champs mind you. mh.
Anonymous
posted: 12:13 am
dankie downs!! Ajax is superb bt we will grind a win when we face them, it wont be pretty bt 3pts will stay ko pta...

Al ahly fall back, sundowns... The African future
Anonymous
posted: 05:20 am
Sundowns can't be ruled out of the race.We are still there.We did it in the past and gonna make the same this time around.
Anonymous
posted: 05:38 am
Nw masandawana must die on the field when they meet ajax, plz bafana ba style, we love u kickoff
Wonder
posted: 07:46 am
Sundowns needs a shrink to win this league, i really hope Motsepe gets one. this team plays with no inspiration at all, we need the boys inspired in order to finish the job. if we win the next 5 league games, we will be home safe and dry.

By my boys lack inspiration man, they just go through their emotion!
Marop wa le Downs
posted: 07:59 am
Masandawana let us please learn to put these teams to the sword. every game, its the same story, first half we create chances, and score only a few. We wouldnt wanna lose the league on goal difference, would we?

Secondly, guys Teko Modise can still pass the ball, without any lies. He's more dangerous coming from the left, cutting inside, and those passes he fed to Khumalo and Khenyeza, it is a sign of greater things to come. He must just start putting his leg into the tackles, he cant keep on jumping over every tackle, if he puts in a foot, sometimes he can win the ball and we have a better chance of attacking. One game at a time, gents, we will win this one and surprise many.

Thanks to you Sandawana suppporters, I could hear you all the way from Polokwane singing Koloi ya Masandawana. For us who are far away, you are making us proud, re a leboga.

Shatee!!!!!!
Piano&ShuShine
posted: 08:49 am
Khili!!! I have never seen this kind of a RUBBISH PLAY by my lovely team since its inception in 1970. Aee!! Downs e bapala HLAMA kannete. Banna, we cant even score 3 goals from each of our strikers: Mphela, Khanyeza & Mushekwi. sis!! Does it mean, we have to play that lousy football just to earn 3 points. I like 3 points where we win braverly even if it is that 1-0. i hate a 1-0 where i close my eyes when the opponents move to our half. That is not SUNDOWNS i support. Yes, 1-0 is a good score, only when my team is playing a fighting game not where it is ESCAPING by a whisker. Anyway, thanx for 3 points!!
Thobsco
posted: 09:06 am
Rubbish indeed.....that was not a league contesting performance by Sundowns. We must shop around for a natural right fullback as we sold the one we had. We must shop around for an anchor midfielder to replace Nyandoro, first half is enough for him. This Siyabonga Ngubane need to work on his passing, his balls never reach his destination. When Mabhuti will ever get it right, when can he shoot to the net, please just force a save or something nigga. This performance better improve.
Anonymous
posted: 09:40 am
3 points yes but Downs is NOT convincing at all. Our defence is too DAMN week and most of our players other than Pelembe and Khanyeze are too casual.However i think we will beat Ajax.....away from the coast they struggle. Our main stumbling block is Chimpanzees. By the time we play them they would be totally out of the race (kicks of a dying horse).
Anonymous
posted: 07:58 am
3 points is better than nothing guys pull up ur socks makhozikhazi or family chips ur next.ka boyellow.
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