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Lerato Chabangu was in fine form for the Brazilians.

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Brazilians breeze past Thanda

Posted: 16 April 2008 Time: 21:46

Mamelodi Sundowns ran out comfortable 2-0 winners over Thanda Royal Zulu in an Absa Premiership game played at the Loftus Stadium on Wednesday night.

The result was a continuation of the Tshwane-based side's recent good form they have shown under coach Trott Moloto.

The home side were in control for most of the game and were never really troubled by the KZN opponents.

A quite start to the game saw Sundowns happy to build up patiently from the back, despite failing to find any penetration inside the Thanda half.

The only chance of the early stages fell to Downs' Vuyo Mere, who shot weakly when he had a better option to release Surprise Moriri on goal.

James Sangala enjoyed Thanda's first chance on goal in the 22nd minute when he rose high to meet a free kick, but with Sundowns keeper Brian Baloyi struggling to reach the ball, the Thanda defender was unable to get any direction on his header.

A somewhat dull encounter was finally brought to life in the 27th minute when Sundowns broke the deadlock through Lerato Chabangu.

The former Tuks player was given too much space in a central position outside the box and was able to pick his spot with an accurate curling drive into the bottom corner of the net.

The Brazilian's goal was reward for their patience and it took only another 15 minutes for the hosts to double their lead.

Thanda were always going to be vulnerable on the counter and they were caught out in the 42nd minute when Josta Dladla broke through on goal.

Dladla's curling shot was well saved by Arni Arason, but Luvengo Mungomeni did brilliantly to hammer his first time shot into the roof of the net.

Two former Sundowns players combined well early on in the second half to set up a good chance for Thanda, but after a good cross by Clement Mazibuko, Bennett Mguni's parting shot was horribly miscued.

Chabangu wasted a glorious opportunity to add a third when he missed an open net from less than 10 yards out after an intelligent cut-back by Brian Aldave.

In the 62nd minute Katlego Loke crafted a good opportunity for himself on the edge of the area, but he was unable to reduce the deficit as he dragged his shot wide of the left hand upright.

The PSL champions seemed to take their foot off the pedal for the remainder of the game, but while Amabhubesi did manage to push forward regularly, the only chances they had were free kicks, none of which unduly troubled keeper Brian Baloyi.

There were however too excellent late opportunities for Thanda, but Baloyi did brilliantly to block Mguni's header and then make another fine save from Mazibuko's goal-bound shot.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:29 am
Hlubi thanx you can see Downs doesn't belong in the bottom 4 but Top 3.It doesnt surprise to see Chips where they are now thats where they enjoy.For Chips Top8 or not they don't care.Mtseboz tell them how gr8 it is to be aSandawana.Sandawana 4 Life.Shapa Nedbank Champs Shapa.
posted: 09:30 am
well done bafana ba style
posted: 09:31 am
Do you see why i say Sundowns is using The Mighty one as their yard stick.
thsi gaem was of no concern to me and my name keeps coming in in their comments. look, i was playing snakes and ladders with my kids last night while this Sundowns was playing. It was my and my younger son birthday and sundowns was the least in my mind. It would be anothr story if the mighty ones were playing. see.
posted: 09:39 am
Mpahla ka hlinza: 2008-04-17 08:27

Sddm, ndivhuwo, lucas, norman seipone, somtu, reeze, norman xidumo new sopota of sky, njabulo, mpahleni, godfrey, lets celebrate together gents, sdwns ke yona .

Sharp Mpahla! Let's celebrate bcoz there is no better time than now! We will also celebrate again on Saturday again Ahl Hilal and the Monkeys (Kimba Chips and Omama Pilates suppoters) will cry Africa is my continent! Viva Sandawana viva.
posted: 09:42 am
Sifiso, you're wrong my man, nobody is saying Sundowns is bigger than Chips, all what people are saying is that Sundowns is better than Chips. don't you know the difference between bigger and better? fact is Pirates and Chiefs are Big and Sundowns are Best! simple fact really.
posted: 09:46 am
Great teams come and go. New one emerge. Did you know that Amazulu was once the biggest in SA, also Orlando Pirates, then Kaizer Chiefs? Look at the trend. Sundowns is still the most prominent in SA since the formation of PSL. The support for Downs is probably the 3rd in the country but the fastest growing. Draw graphs and project.
posted: 09:48 am
Somntu let them celebrate 4 us locally(PSL Games) and we celebrate internationally(Champions Cup) otherwise we won't have chance to rest.Sundowns share the fun.We celebrate wayawaya.Ebumnandini Sundowns is always there.Shapa Downs Shapa.
posted: 09:48 am
Some entertaining football, fabulous and fantastic world class, i mean some time even Carlos Parreira envy the touches, the pianos of sandawana. Look support or no support sandawans are breaking the records every year. 11 games without a loss, this shows higher standard football. Away with jealousy away. Actually Sundowns must represent RSA in national matches hey man against NIGERIA for world cup qualifiers. How about that sandawanas we can make it.
posted: 09:48 am
Hlubi, you don't get it do you? Thanda beat Pirates this past month and you say they are a weak team.What are you trying to say about ibhakajuju.We are celebrating because we're nearing the finish line going the right direction,while other teams(Chips etc) are making way for us.We're are still in the Nedbank Cup,while are teams (Chips again&Pirates etc) are still drying their jerseys for next year.Champions league,let me stop before I become enemy no.1.Hail Sandawana oh Hail!!!!!
posted: 09:50 am
Dikotsi and Sfiso my boys, How i you boys?

I was so disgusted about what i saw yesterday at Loftus, we were only 7 in the suites including Mr Motsepe. I saw less than 50 supporters of the Champions in the stand, WHAT A DISGRACE. ARE THESE PEOPLE REAL CHAMPS, with that capacity of supporters, they can't fill a stadium of less than 75 000 capacity, SIESSSS CHAMPIONS SIESSSSS.

Never again will i go there, it was boring, like a Sunday school. One thing nice about it was the parking it was easy to go home.

Once a Bhakaniya Always a Bhakaniya
posted: 09:52 am
Bravo Bravism, Bravo Bravism, Bravo Bravism very well done. Hola sky hola. Amandla.
posted: 09:56 am
Sfiso and Marthur ur teams are old, older,oldest and poor, poorer, poorets(Pirates) and Sundowns is biggest internetionally, Bigger in Africa and very big big team in RSA. How about that sandawanas.
posted: 09:59 am
Judging by the results I think Downs coach is doing well look at the system that is using other team it is very difficult to match the two destroyers in the middle field. The way they attach if they have position is good looking at the support. Good goal by the defender I think 2mins later he got exited because he could look across and see that he was offside, I could not understand why he didn’t leave that ball for the striker that was coming from the onside position.
I think they will come on top against SSU on Tuesday with the same approach in the middle field. Good game and very discipline players.

Any way I am a Pirate I also don’t believe that the coach can run that team without an assistant coach. I don’t believe the way they are considering goals on free kick some thing is wrong there. At one stage they we looking at John Moeti from there everything went quiet. ODG Zehlise baba u need somebody to help u.
posted: 09:59 am
Chips supporters are always telling us about the large support they have but their team is losing ignomiously well support ur support cause ur team is losing and u r winning support every year.
posted: 10:03 am
2208: 2008-04-17 09:46

Great teams come and go. New one emerge. Did you know that Amazulu was once the biggest in SA, also Orlando Pirates, then Kaizer Chiefs? Look at the trend. Sundowns is still the most prominent in SA since the formation of PSL. The support for Downs is probably the 3rd in the country but the fastest growing. Draw graphs and project.

Welcome to the Forum 2040. Where did you come from, Spain? I don't remember anyone calling himself as numbers. James Bond was 007 hehehehe!
Tell me friend, which club are fanning/supporting K. Chips or O. Pilates?
posted: 10:07 am
Etlang le bone Moriri, a se Moriri ke Chabangu, ke chabangu wa sundowns.
posted: 10:16 am
posted: 10:20 am
Hola dikotsi, dikotsi half brown, where is dat guy odli sinkwa e stadi, i hp if u can c him u can kill him madala, u ni fakele i kgaai .
posted: 10:22 am
Hola Sandawana hola, very good game guys - keep it up.
posted: 10:32 am
Sandawana sapotas were enjoying milk and honey @ durban ka ned cup, when amakhosikazi fans busy enjoying loaf brown, hehehe eish leyaswabisa maan .
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