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Mamelodi Sundowns beat Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup

Posted: 5 May 2012 Time: 22:03

Mamelodi Sundowns defeated 10-man Free State Stars 2-0 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday night to secure a place in the 2012 Nedbank Cup final.

The Brazilians were handed the game on a plate when Stars’ Dove Wome earned an early red card, allowing the hosts to rack up two quick goals through Richard Henyekane and Nyasha Mushekwi before cruising through the rest of the match.

They will face either SuperSport United or AmaZulu (who face off in the second of the semifinals in Polokwane on Sunday afternoon) in the final at Orlando Stadium on May 26.

The first notable incident in the match arrived in the 20th minute and it proved to be its defining point. Wome stamped down on Esrom Nyandoro’s knee in an act of blatant violent conduct, leaving referee Jerome Damon no choice but to show the Togolese forward a straight red card.

Sundowns soon took advantage of their numerical superiority, as on 26 minutes Richard Henyekane scored from close range. The credit for the opening goal really belonged to Nyasha Mushekwi, who did all the hard in work in setting it up by providing a perfect low cross from the left flank.

Just past the half hour mark Mushekwi made it 2-0, finding space in-between Stars’ centre-backs before sweeping home a pin-point pass from left-back Punch Masenamela to put Mamelodi Sundowns very much in charge of the match.

The Zimbabwean striker thought he had added to his side’s advantage just five minutes later when he steered another shot beyond the reach of Mweene, but he was flagged offside. Television replays suggested it was the correct decision from match officials.

Teko Modise very nearly scored the Brazilians’ third goal just a couple of minutes before half time, but a superb reaction save from Mweene ensured the score remained at 2-0 heading into the interval.

The Zambian ‘keeper came up with another terrific stop on the hour mark, this time to deny Henyekane, while a couple of minutes later Stars had their first shot in anger when Paulus Masehe pulled the trigger from long range but saw his effort skew high and wide of the target.

That was all the visitors offered in attack, even though coach Steve Komphela introduced an extra attacker off the bench in the shape of Boitumelo Sekgobela. Sundowns easily saw out the match to book a place in the final of a competition they last won in 2008.

Sundowns: Sandilands; Maponyane, Xulu (Mwanjale 90+1’), Daniels, Masenamela, Modise, Moriri, Nyandoro, Shongwe (Zwane 72’), Mushekwi (Mphela 83’), Henyekane

Stars: Mweene; Makola, Sadate, Gege, Gcaba, Mashaba (Sekgobela 70’), Masehe, Wiltwer, Mashego, Wome, Manqele

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:27 pm
Yellow Vele! Nx.

Meneer, it's all forgiven, go pop a Moet vandag, and leave V.O. to Njenje tu.

Yellow maan!
posted: 10:28 pm
posted: 10:30 pm
Where are the rats and the chips. The fake marriage has ended.
posted: 10:30 pm
i didnt actually believe anything until the final whistle. Danki sundowns. Oooh again i saw that chick who supports fss, light in colour, with a gap mo menong.
posted: 10:31 pm
Well done!! I have never thought Sundowns will beat Free State under normal circumstances. Only the last game counts.Goodluck
posted: 10:32 pm
Sundowns does not win without Teko
posted: 10:34 pm
what was that cow thinking when he climbed on to Nyandoro's leg? He made the game to be one sided after he was shown the red card. Anyway I'm glad for the win. Thanks boys.
posted: 10:34 pm
I fail to understand these refs sometimes, how do u give a red card on the first minute of the game. This game was won by the wistle man.
posted: 10:35 pm
terms & condition wil hv 2 apply @ Orlando since it 's our stadium der wil be no free water at stadium, Vuvuzela wil not b allowed as it wil disturb de Galaxy 's fans, any dunusa 's fan wil hv 2 pay R5 for using toilet if Sion went through also den psl must take dat bustard 2 Odi stadium. Any way wel done Dunusa even...... though.!!!
posted: 10:37 pm
We were starting to get sick for being told by the likes of Cebo manyapelo how good fss stars is cause they knocked out chips and the mighty OPFC they got screwed today goosh re tla ikhutsa
posted: 10:41 pm
The Sky Is The Limit-these soweto giant killers were nowhere to be seen....as for the red card...that tackle was unnecessary but we were vele going to take this Cup, regardless...We still gonna whip em back sides:Khompela you can still sing Nkosi Sikelela kwi Bafana Bafana....Orlando here we come
posted: 10:46 pm
Dammy You Ref. dat was not a red card, there was noi intention it a very contranvential incident. wait for AmaZulu in the final sunflops are gonna go down again. they will remain wit No Thing, I mean NOTHING. As long as amazulu are going to de final dey are Ned bank Champs.
posted: 10:47 pm
we dont wanna hear any stupid comments about the referee, that was a red card, nd a ref can show a red even before a ball is kicked. So we won, fair and square.
posted: 10:52 pm
"Very well done to our boys for playing all the matches in the 2nd round" *sounds familiar ne?* lol. scoring an unseen, and never heard of feat locally, of 40+ amazing goals in the process.

If others term themselves galaxies for playing all the calender games, but winning by margins of 1-0, 1-0, 1-0, 1-0, 1-0, 1-0, 1-0 all the way, qho! then we've got the right to call ourselves "The Milky Way" ke! tl.tl.tl.

Downs namanje vele! 0hho!

posted: 11:00 pm
Wena ditaba stabane ndini, b4 the ball is kicked how do you give the red card? Uyisilima!
posted: 11:00 pm
PLEASE NO MORE STUPID COMMENTS...That was a straight red card, dont allow hatred to blind your mind.....We won hayi kabi, lethani Amazulu wenu:
posted: 11:00 pm
Well done boys, I just knew after the red card khompela is got something to complain about as usual. Ba kae balakaletsi jwale?
posted: 11:13 pm
Well done Downs...........

Guys where was SHONGWE.
He is playing very well at the middle.
We were struggling for a long time while we have a good player like SHONGWE.
Downs must take care of Shongwe, Julies and Maponyane.
Shongwe your the Best player boss, keep it up you have a bright future.

Steve and his Small boys learned Piano and Shoe Shine today.
However I congratulate Steve for improving his Communication Skills.
Downs will teach you for free Steve.

Thanks to our Coach and Players.

We have Smile in our faces.

Kaboyelo Masandawana........
posted: 11:20 pm
mk maretze, yes a ref can show red even before kickoff. Wht do u thnk will happen if bfor kickoff nyandoro kicks manyisa, jus befor kickoff? U c? Maret
posted: 11:36 pm
Neeskens for Hennessy Cognac 18 year old. De rest should be sipping de usual label.

The question still remains, y is de final going to orlando stadium. Really it tym for up de mdidi chairman to step down b4 he ruin his own "legacy".

30 goals scored and counting. But we should hav scored a dozen 2nyt. Kodwa ke akusanani.


U-Bra steve utheni de tym u-carol embuza abt de game lol lol.
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