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James Chamanga scored Swallows' first goal.

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Swallows back to winning ways

Posted: 27 February 2008 Time: 21:45

Trott Moloto's first Absa Premiership game in charge of Mamelodi Sundowns ended in a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Moroka Swallows at Loftus Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The former Bafana Bafana mentor, leading the Brazilians in a caretaker capacity following the dismissal of Gordon Igesund on Sunday, saw his side fall to a seventh home defeat in the 2007/08 season despite taking the lead just a few minutes into the game.

Sundowns signalled their intentions early on when Peter Ndlovu's shot forced Swallows 'keeper Greg Etafia into a good save in the first minute.

And less than two minutes later the Brazilians opened the scoring, with Brent Carelse latching onto a loose ball in the penalty area, firing into the back of the net after Lerato Chabangu's shot had been parried by Etafia.

Swallows, though, did not allow the concession of an early goal to put them off and they drew level in the ninth minute, with Zambian striker James Chamanga hitting a low drive past Brian Baloyi.

The Birds, buoyed by their equaliser, went on the attack, but Mark Haskins, Alton Meiring and Patrick Mabedi all saw their efforts on goal fail to trouble Baloyi.

Sundowns responded with Oscar Ntwagae shooting wide on 20 minutes, but Baloyi was soon called into action to keep out Cecil Oersen's drive from the edge of the penalty area.

In the 36th minute the veteran 'keeper was at it again, diving to push away Chamanga's shot. A short while later Lefa Tsutsulupa tried his luck from 30 metres out and sent a powerful drive wide of Sundowns' posts, leaving the sides locked a goal apiece at the break.

The Brazilians started the second half brightly, with both Carelse and Bryan Aldave shooting narrowly wide within the first ten minutes after the restart.

However, on the hour mark, Swallows earned a penalty as Shere Lekgothoane brought Oersen down in the box. Oersen himself took the spot kick and calmly stroked the ball into the bottom left of the net to put the Birds 2-1 ahead.

Sundowns struggled to get back into the game after going behind but the visitors did need Etafia to make two good saves within a minute from Lekgothoane and Carelse.

The Nigerian 'keeper made another fine stop in the 87th minute to deny Aldave his second goal in as many games.

In the 90th minute Swallows scored again when Maimane Phiri scored with a direct free-kick leaving Baloyi well beaten.

Swallows move to 10th on 25 points, level with Bloemfontein Celtic and Platinum Stars, while Sundowns remain in a lowly 12th on 21 points.

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Anonymous
posted: 10:37 am
You fire a couch, you still lose. Whom are you ganna fire next? Supporters or is it gonna be Sponsors?
Anonymous
posted: 10:40 am
Guys,

Leave Saddam alone- he is a sore loser and he might commit suicide and we don't want that.

His stupid comments make the world go round......... u r losing against gravity he he he, told you. watch yr nose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous
posted: 10:49 am
So VROT Moloto you have never been a coach and will never be one. Just listen to your comments when you were analysing soccer games on TV. You back stabbing fool. We all knew it was just a matter of time before you take over and guess what you will also be fired hehe
Anonymous
posted: 11:02 am
Saddam, check u out kwi mxit, i want yr galfriend.

Well done Gorowa!!!! Chamanga must not go noway at least before he passes matric.

Hey- I think these player wherever they come from should be asked to attain at least a matric certificate as part of their contracts.

This will improve the education among them as well teach them life skills,

and they stop being stupid: OJ and Oscar they smoke dagga wearing Lovers Plus coz they want to pass the doping tests.
Anonymous
posted: 11:08 am
I think the entire sundown’s team (players and technical) should be shown the door. It is time for MOTSEPE to act pro-actively. Dr.Irvin Khoza acted pro-actively after winning the league with IGESUND by phasing out old players like Raphahlela, Ndlanya, Lota, Lebese, Mgomeni, Zuma, etc by bringing the likes of Makhanya, Leremi, Mokwena, the late Manyathela, Vilakazi etc and the new Pirates was born.

MOTSEPE should swallow his pride and restore downs IMAGE by bringing young players that would emulate the likes of Fire masilela, Mohlala, Themba Mguni, Juas Magolego, Mudau etc, by winning the league three times in a row and qualifying for CAF champions league semi-final. We will always remember Natasha with her innovative ideas that made Sundowns a respectable team.

With MOTSEPE who is spoiling players with fat salaries, the sky would always be unlimited and Mvela league would be next door.
Anonymous
posted: 11:24 am
The SABC, shit these people would rather play a re run of some old kak than show a live soccer game.
Anonymous
posted: 11:28 am
Went to the game last night, eish,ya ne is waar! Bafana ba Mvela. Josta pulling a finger at his own supporters, no wonder OJ doesn't want to go back, the whole team is ill discipline more than him.
Anonymous
posted: 12:23 pm
Well done Dube Boys for the performance yesterday against Sundowns.I believe they should have scored at least five goals,they created a lot of chances but Baloyi proves himself as goodgoalkeeper by making brialliant saves .The presence of the Cecil Orsen(my man of the match) from 06 months injury and Mark Haskin took out the pressure on Ian Gorowa as they dominated the midfielder assisted by Tsutsulupa and Zwane on the left flank not forgetting Meiring who had a good game 4 the first time since he joins the Birds'cage.They need to improve their defence bcoz they struggle to deal will aerial balls and crosses.The Sundowns game 's is under the bridge focus on Celtic on sunday. WELL DONE BOYS.
Anonymous
posted: 02:19 pm
I AM 100% SURE WHAT THE PROBLEM IS AT SUNDOWNS. I AM JUST STILL TRYNG TO FUGURE OUT HOW TO APPROCHE THE RIGHT PEOPLE. WATCH THE SPACE
Anonymous
posted: 02:32 pm
Sundowns aka 3 series:

Pirates 3- Sundowns 1
Bidvest 3- Sundowns 2
Swallows 3- Sundowns 1

Nedbank Cup

S/Sport 3- Sundowns 1(Ndlovu will open the score in the 5th min but they will still loose).LOL
Anonymous
posted: 02:43 pm
Sundowns aka 3 series:

Pirates 3- Sundowns 1
Bidvest 3- Sundowns 2
Swallows 3- Sundowns 1

Nedbank Cup

S/Sport 3- Sundowns 1(Ndlovu will open the score in the 5th min but they will still loose).LOL
Anonymous
posted: 02:51 pm
Swallows played very well last night but their weakest link was Patrick Mabedi and Goodman was very suspect.I think they will have a solid defence when they will be playing Bevan and Malinga as central defenders.
Anonymous
posted: 03:45 pm
down made a huge mistake by firing gordon, and now is no longer raining but pouring, and soon it will be snowing.
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