2 - 0
Loftus Versveld Stadium
16/04/2008 19:30

Lerato Chabangu was in fine form for the Brazilians.

Related News

Related Club News

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...

Anonymous
posted: 02:34 pm
eish, i feel sorry for anti- sundowns supporters (they know themselves) coz they are gonna be so unhappy till the end of the season

Anonymous
posted: 03:36 pm
WE WON THE TELKOM KNCKOUT,WHAT DID SUNFLOWERS WIN???SO EVEN IF CHIEFS PLAYS BADLY I KNOW THEY WILL MAKE ME A PROUD SUPPORTER AT THE END OF EVERY SEASON BY BRINGING SILVERWARE HOME.....KHOSI 4 LIFE!!!
Anonymous
posted: 06:07 pm
Chips fans are talkative and their critism has come to an endless bore. We are sick of people like Richo who always speak out of turn and speak rubbish on top of that. He claims that we celebrated as if we had won the league. Richo, the last time I checked, we at Sundowns have tasted league victory more than any other PSL club so we know what it feels like to win the league. No one has achieved our record of winning the league three consecutive times. At one stage, your "Amakhosi 4 lunch" spent 12 years without winning the league and when you finally won it, we had sleepless nights with your fans making a noise about it. Their celebration took approximately three months. So mfowethu, you will agree with me when I say: "A skunk does not take notice of its smell."
Anonymous
posted: 06:12 pm
Koinz, the answer to your question,"What did Sunflower win?" is: Sundowns won the SAA Supa 8. The tournament which Chips failed to qualify for.
Anonymous
posted: 10:13 pm
I THINK SHOWS HE CAN BE WAT SUNDOWNS NEED NXT SEASON KEEP IT UP GUYZ LETS WIN THE NEDBANK CUP ITS OURS TO TAKE AND FINISH IN THE TOP 5 HALALA!!!!!BAFANA BA STYLE HALALA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Terms of use:

The comments posted do not reflect the views of KickOff.com. Users are reminded that no misuse of this comment facility will be tolerated. Any abusive, racist, inflammatory, defamatory, discriminatory comments or hate speech will be deleted and the user banned.

If legally obliged we will hand over your information under the Protection of Information Act.

Please report abusive posts to editor@kickoff.com.