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Mamelodi Sundowns lose to Free State Stars

Posted: 19 February 2011 Time: 18:04

Free State Stars put a massive dent in Mamelodi Sundowns’ title hopes with a 2-1 win over the Brazilians at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Saturday afternoon.

In Ea Lla Koto’s first game at the Limpopo venue, goals from Thabo Matlama and Phumlani Mhamha handed them an impressive victory. Sundowns scored their goal through striker Nyasha Mushekwi and welcomed back Katlego Mphela, but it was still a massively disappointing result for them.

The hosts had what looked like a legitimate penalty after Innocent Mdledle tripped Madoda Motha inside the box in the 10th minute, but the referee waved play on.

However, their reward arrived when Matlama was set up by Boitumelo Sekgobela before beating Wayne Sandilands with a low shot in the 25th minute.

But Stars’ joy was short-lived as Sundowns surged forward with much precision and equalised via Mushekwi’s brave header after a long ball from Matthew Pattison in the 27th minute.

However, in the interim, Mushekwi collided with Stars keeper Kennedy Mweene and had to be replaced by Katlego Mphela in the 28th minute. Mphela was playing his first game for Sundowns since he returned to the club after a self-imposed exile.

Teko Modise, who was playing behind the strikers, failed to live up to expectations associated with the number 8 on the back of his jersey, and was eventually replaced by Richard Henyekane in the 80th minute.

Sundowns' best effort in the second half came from Mabhuti Khenyeza, but after receiving a cross from Elias Pelembe in the 59th minute, the Sundowns striker ballooned his shot over the bar.

As if not to be outdone, Matlaba also directed what could have been his second for day over the bar with Sandilands off balance in the 69th minute.

However, Komphela’s charges never looked back in a bid to regain the lead, and it came as no surprise when, after a corner kick from the right, Mhamha out-jumped Thapelo Tshilo before beating Sandilands with a beautiful header in the 73rd minute to seal the game for his team.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 08:31 pm
It's over for pelindaba sunclowns the league goes to naturena not chloorkak.
posted: 08:32 pm
Gary Bailey has predicted Kaizer Chiefs to win the league (supersport website). First Fernandez then Fish and nw Bailey...i cant wait for Neil Winstanley. Is ths a Marketing strategy for these white polookas. I hope Kaizer wil employ them witout any interviews.
posted: 08:39 pm
sizwe:2011-02-19 18:25
The league is between pirates and ajax- chiefs will never make it.
Listen to this donki.
Sizwe leave football alone mey laitie. You are dumb and plain stupid.

Champ Always in the TOP 8
posted: 09:35 pm
All psl trophies : 2011-02-19 20:39
sizwe:2011-02-19 18:25
The league is between pirates and ajax- chiefs will never make it.
Listen to this donki.
Sizwe leave football alone mey laitie. You are dumb and plain stupid.
Really who is being stupid here? It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out, to be honest
posted: 09:37 pm
Sundowns can just kiss the league goodbye,,,,,tht was an NFD perfomance frm the most expensive team in the league,,,,,

How the hell did Mphela mr ZAR start ahead of Heineken afta a self imposed leave of close to a month of eating sushi off womans bodies,,,,,,hai this team is a JOKE,,,,,,

Weldone stars u played very well were the better team on the balance of play.
posted: 09:38 pm
Patrice mosepa shud hire alex shakoane as coach. I heard that guy is a magician. He can win the league. He can even rape with a vuvuzela.
posted: 09:54 pm
hey its tough
21 Guns Salute
posted: 10:33 pm
Ja were are those idiots who wanted Habas gone they must come here and raise their hands... masimba NX!!! He he Teko Modise this Teko Modise that the guy is so thin he looks like pink panther. Everytime they touch him he falls I think this boy is very sick!!!
posted: 10:52 pm
Where is Swetys the idiot?; who claimed his stupid team can still win the league. He has disappeared together with his other friend who insulted me on friday. Their team is just ordinary and managed like a spaza shop. No sane management of any team can spend R6 million on a spent force like Teko but Sundowns did. Nipsy what do you mean that Middendorp gave them a title with his favourite player David Obua? My friend Obua was a star at Chiefs and he is now playing in the Scottish Premier League for Hearts. He did not go there for free, Chiefs sold him and he has now played more than 60 games for Hearts against teams like Glasgow Rangers and Celtic. Sundowns poor league form has nothing to do with Middendorp or Obua. Leave them out of this whole thing and i know you are a Chiefs supporter like myself but your comments are not relevant to the Sundowns matter.
posted: 11:13 pm
Wow......@ last/finally.... somebody agrees with me.....Ntekenteke Modise is not well....but let me say this again ...'TIME WILL TELL'
posted: 11:25 pm
musa:2011-02-19 23:13

Wow......@ last/finally.... somebody agrees with me.....Ntekenteke Modise is not well....but let me
say this again ...'TIME WILL TELL'

I was insulted by “”....Sorghum porridge and Chibuku…..” fans because I mentioned Teko the“Master3” and “Z3” he is driving.
He is taking dives like a s.e.x.ually exited cat as if they go out of fashion.

posted: 11:34 pm
yayaya we not used to this bucs n chiefs r so we givin u guys a chanc but in all truth all the players were pathetic it was fs vs fs how do u pass a red shirt cant u c it is not yellow aah kabo yellow pirates is going to beat us again m saving my money aint going to Orlando
posted: 12:00 am
@ ALL psl trophies

the guy has been very weak and he can't even win 50/50 balls like he used 2 be....Sun-doms and orlando-pap fans are calling us cHIVs but i suggest they take a closer look @ that Totolozi Modise!

khoza knew about this long time ago and he wanted to make sure he make a quick cash from that blind Motsepe!
posted: 12:00 am
BREAKING NEWS: Patrice Mosepa has fired ian gorowa as coach of kakzilians. He has hired Irvin COWza as interim coach.
posted: 12:01 am
Sundowns presidnt shud cut this guys salaries bcoz they r not performin as for mphela they shud hav suspended him for the whole season he is a spoiled brat
posted: 01:10 am
They started the season so well and its amazing that they faltering even though they have such an impressive squad. Internal problems cannot be helping. Poor Teko.
posted: 01:13 am
One over-rated team this, hahahahaha!
Anonymou s
posted: 04:47 am
The toppling of (the so-called) giants continues. Thanks Steve for taking the 3points away.
All the best to AMAKHOSI AMAHLE, go out there and play like kings, exert your authority. Many have written us off for this one but please, prove them wrong.
@Manyovu does the soliloquy you posted here have any bearing on who will win the Premiership?
Became Khosi by Birth
Remain Khosi by SMART CHOICE
posted: 07:10 am
5 people are killing Sundowns so said Stoichkov and we thought it was sour grapes. Motsepe who's the most stupid and clueless soccer chairman i happen to know, Alex the rapist who thinks talking to . Chomane makes him the best PRO, Trott who is milking the mampar's moola by 'instructing agents' to inflate prices so he gets a piece of cake, Makhanya the stubborn for the wrong reasons so called manager and Gorowa who's slowly turning into zimbabwe united by playing all of them even though some are off form. Nyandoro is finished. I challenge everyone who says dis COW is tired. Tired from what because for the past 3 years we've never really made impact on cup games so he's tired from league games? Too much of heineken gets the better of Mdledle. Motsepe is a LIAR who said Mphela wont play for this team after the latter went awol. A player disappears for 3 weeks and the next thing he's played ahead of other fit playas. This team is dead and not dying. Why keep sis Thoko for 80 min when he was ineffective? I rest my case. Rubbish is what is covered under so called management, spoilt brats called players pants.
posted: 07:26 am
It is clear that the few stupid ' mamelodi supporters' who called for Habashwe's head were sent by some officials who are eyeing certain positions at the club. I am not a fan of Makhanya but he's not the only person in management. This whole structure should be disbanded. Alex how can you harbour ambitions of being a manager when you cant type an e-mail? Fax is outmoded. Were u hoping to get Makhanya's position so Mambush is the new PRO. Motsepe a true leader doesnt make decisions based on emotions. You know what i am talking about. I am now tempted to believe that Mphela had a case here. Why dont u sell this team seeing that you are clueless, surrounded by clueless people when it comes to soccer? Maybe we need to register you for the course Soccer 101
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