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Apataki earns Sundowns share of the spoils

Posted: 8 November 2007 Time: 00:19

Patrick Apataki’s second half strike earned Mamelodi Sundowns a 1-1 draw with Santos in an Absa Premier League match at Athlone Stadium on Wednesday night.

Erwin Isaacs handed the People’s Team a first half lead from the penalty spot in an entertaining match in a wet and windy Cape Town.

The hosts made the better start and threatened first via a Thando Mngomeni free-kick in the 36th minute, and although Brazilians’ keeper Calvin Marlin managed to prevent the ball from finding the net, he could only parry the ball to Thembile Kanono, but the Santos midfielder somehow hit the ball over the bar from close range.

The visitors failed to seriously trouble the Santos goal during the first half and the hosts took the lead in the 42nd minute when Isaacs was fouled inside the area by Benson Mhlongo and the striker made no mistake from the spot.

The score remained 1-0 at the break.

Sundowns attacked from the restart and were duly rewarded in the 52nd minute when Apataki scrambled the ball home from close range following a Brent Carelse crosss into the area.

Both sides then went all out on attack with Sundowns the more prominent. However, neither side could add to their tally and the score remained 1-1 at the final whistle, which was probably the fair result.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 07:59 am
I accept that we have drawn against the formidable Santos, but looking deep into the future one has to question Igesund that: Does he have the squad to play the Champions leauge next year? We cannot afford to draw Santos (and blame weather conditions and the pitch) and expect to beat CS Sfaxien in Tunisia. Forget, We Sundowns are still a small team lead by smaal minds.
posted: 08:05 am
Sundowns has a bunch of good players, it's disappointing to see them winning against Pirates and than drawing with a struggling team like Santos. When are we going to start to be consistant?
posted: 08:09 am
This is a nice article and therefore I encourage you to understand the game even thouhg you didnt attend .

Thank you very much keep it up.
posted: 08:15 am
I think Sundowns were outplayed by santos in first half due to the fact that the conditions were against downs. They came back strongly in the second half. One my question Gordons late substitutions. How can you introduce Arendse in that game, the man doesnt have vision.
posted: 08:26 am
I understand because the coach stated it clearly that he is going to field underrated team..
posted: 08:39 am
i am concerned at Manqoba Ngwenya sitting on the sidelines whilst players like Apataki and and Brent Carelse get bucket loads of game time. we all know what a talent Manqoba is. I wish he would leave Sundowns and join any other big team with the technical staff to appreciate his talent. Given game time i am certain he would be in the Bafana squad
posted: 08:47 am
Sundowns results against Santos indicated that the defending champion don't have depth. eg.in the middle of the park and the striking force.Our gaffer, Gordon Igesund need to beefup his playing personnel by purchasing two middle and two outright strikers before playing in the Champions league.The middle fielders will give competition to the out of form pair of Dellon Sheppard and Josta Dladla. Up to so far Brazillians don't have outright strikers since the release of Sandile Ndlovu and the Torealba saga.
posted: 09:04 am
Please mr coach give Jorge Acuna man a chance to prove himself
posted: 09:12 am
I think Gordon must give other players a fair chance Lungisani Ndlela for instance he never gave him a chance he keep on playing this headless chicken (Apataki)who lose ball all the time.
posted: 09:14 am
Calvin Marlin, Michael Manzini and Tyren Arendse they must try to work hard for the place in the playing team
posted: 09:52 am
I think igesund should give manqoba ngwenya a chance to prove himself,because we all know what he is capable of.
posted: 09:57 am
i'm a die hard supporter of mamelodi sundowns,but i'm disappointed about the result we got. but no well i would like to thank kickoff for improving this website..........it is really hot.........i'll pause from here.
posted: 10:26 am
I am a Sundowns supporter from Sudan.I am not actually happy with they way my team is playing.How can Gordon put Ngwenya everytime on the bench?Maybe he knows better but we need results.As to KICKOFF,thanks for your new website.Thats first class but please improve your speed.Take a leaf from SUNDOWNS,S website.
posted: 10:31 am
Sundowns needs 2 strikers 2 attacking wingers.With the current team they wont win leauge
posted: 10:49 am
It is clear that there is no such thing as a weak team in the PSL. However, i'm still amazed by our coach's approach to the game. When is Sundowns going to start a game like a house on fire? we always start games with "let's absorb the pressure" mentality. When are we going to reverse the situation? Sundowns has lost the plot. We cannot even string 3 complete passes, we start taking shots at the opposite goal keeper in the second half, and why is Gordon playing playing Josta and Dillon for 90 minutes when they are out of sorts is a billion zim dollar question.
posted: 11:52 am
Come on guyz whats happening now,coach plz bring new players during december as we miss Gift & Jose Torrelba,plz released Ndlela & Arendse.
posted: 12:22 pm
sundowns players should play work hartd not contestin on soccer field. they being paid for winning and not for appearing on TV like they are TV presenters. I support sundowns very much but i very disapointed with the so called coach and assistant. they stop taking chances with league champions if they wanna defend the league successfully. coach the management is watching you, you fai to win masiwe cup and ABSA psl. sorry ma friend, we would have no mercy 4 u. aita masandawana
posted: 01:03 pm
I think Sundowns Management should now think of utilising young players from the development. Players like Michael Manzini and Peter Ndlovu are tired, they need support from young blood. Gordon, where is our skillfull player Manqoba Ngwenya?
posted: 01:07 pm
I think Sundowns Management should now think of utilising young players from the development. Players like Michael Manzini and Peter Ndlovu are tired, they need support from young blood. Gordon, where is our skillfull player Manqoba Ngwenya?
posted: 02:05 pm
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