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Mamelodi Sundowns beat Maritzburg United

Posted: 14 April 2012 Time: 17:24

Mamelodi Sundowns became the first team to book their place in the semifinals of the 2012 Nedbank Cup with a comfortable 2-0 home win over Maritzburg United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.

Goals from Lebohang Mokoena and Nysaha Mushekwi – the Zimbabwean’s ninth of the tournament – saw the Brazilians to a deserved victory.

The Team of Choice battled bravely, but they were too defensive from the outset and offered little in the way of attacking threat.

Maritzburg were the first to threaten a goal, with Mor Diouf powering a header on target from a corner kick in the sixth minute, but goalkeeper Calvin Marlin made an excellent point-blank save at his far post.

Marlin’s counterpart Shu-aib Walters was given decent protection by his backline, though he did have a couple of long-range efforts from Surprise Moriri and Teko Modise to deal with.

Sundowns eventually took the lead on 38 minutes. A quick free-kick from Moriri put Mokoena into a good shooting position and the attacker beat Walters at his near post with a stinging drive.

Early in the second half Katlego Mphela should have doubled the Brazilians’ advantage. Modise and Mokoena combined to set the striker up with a clear shooting chance in the box, but he blasted his effort wide of the target.

Mphela soon made way for Mushekwi, having seemingly done some damage to his hamstring which necessitated the change.

With 20 minutes to play United’s Walters kept his side in the game with a superb finger-tip save, deflecting over the crossbar a fiercely-hit Esrom Nyandoro shot that looked destined to ripple the back of the net.

But on 75 minutes there was nothing Walters could do to stop Mushekwi sweeping home a low shot with his left foot, as the Zimbabwean netted his ninth goal in the 2012 Nedbank Cup to take the score to 2-0 and effectively kill off Maritzburg’s challenge.

Things went from bad to worse for the Team of Choice when Rheece Evans was sent off in the last minute of regulation time, picking up his second yellow card for hauling down Richard Henyekane just outside the penalty area.

Sundowns: Marlin; Mapuru, Daniels, Mwanjale, Masenamela, Nyandoro, Moriri (Kekana 79’), Modise, Mokoena, Mphela (Mushekwi 54’), Pelembe (Henyekane 69’)

United: Walters; Booysen, Hendricks, Diouf, Evans, Petersen (Ncubeni 62’), Madondo, Morton, Matuka, Matle (Zulu 72’), Sibisi (Malajila 62’)

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Previous comments on this story...

posted: 05:45 pm
Mh. Ka bo Yellow maSandawana!

Bafethu......even the dumbest of sdididi's agrees that Sundowns deserves this season's Nedbank.

We've outplayed all of our opponents thus far, scored the most, conceded the least and entertained the most in the process......just like we've done in the league until rival muti affected us with draws. mh.

Sky's the limit, until we all agree that Downs dishes the best diski around! Tjovitjoo!
posted: 05:58 pm
shaya downs shaya
posted: 05:58 pm
On old photo,Why mr EDITOR? Kabo yellow
posted: 06:01 pm
gents i dnt wanna sound bitter but have u noticed that mphela does not show any interest anymore? But anyway congrats downs hope we win tonight and meet u at the semis...
posted: 06:03 pm
Thanks Sundowns for home win. Keep the same momentum in home league games
posted: 06:10 pm
Kick off guys or editor of dis story dat picture is nt 4 2day's game dat ws wen we were playin amazulu
posted: 06:11 pm
Congratulation Sdawana for yo good win against Maritzburg utd n go through semi-final and am not happy with mphela's perfomance it luklike is tired to play for Downs!!
posted: 06:21 pm
Congradulations mr captain and yor troops for steering omadawana 2 de semis gud luck but dnt ful yrself by expecting both league & cup the cup is a present for ezenkosi to the 1st division.
posted: 06:21 pm
Great win sundowns kip it up ey do da same in da lig lol can't even hide my delight.
posted: 06:26 pm
Sweet Sweet Yellow Boys. Keep the Yellow Flag Flying High
posted: 06:39 pm
There is nothing wrong with mphela. Only his confidence is little bit down. But yellow shouldn't worry abt mphela.
Our main concern is de flipping bus. Yes gud people the rea vaya bus is our problem. Y play six defenders and 3 defensive midfielderes in a cup match. One striker and u substitute that only striker wit 30 min 2 go.

If u missed the match, u can still catch the downs play alike barcelona later 2nyt lol lol

I am happy
posted: 06:48 pm
Sinibongela Madawane your football shows the comand and demand of the throphy this season. But uMpela haykhona what's happening in his feets he is total blind.
Let's hope Amakhosi will do the same tonite nathi sijabule. Is very nice to be part of the current tornament not just to talk from the stand.
Khosi for live
posted: 06:49 pm
I like to salute this three masadawana trepple M(Modise,Mokoena & Masenamela) players for a wonderful game 2day!!
posted: 06:50 pm
Well done madawana, let's win all our remaining games and wrap the season in STYLE.
posted: 06:59 pm
dat 's wat we call it total futbal wel done, it also seems like u r going 2 africa next season.
posted: 07:00 pm
The game was at Super Stadium! You are acredited as journalists and probably dont pay. You just lazy, with poor attendance a few journos can help.
posted: 07:00 pm
The Brazilians march on, we play good.
posted: 07:04 pm
posted: 07:14 pm
Madawana a masepa surely Masenamela deserve 2 play in Europe he 's improving each an every game, any way gud luck til u won de cup.
posted: 07:16 pm
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