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Mamelodi Sundowns and Platinum Stars draw

Posted: 30 January 2011 Time: 17:26

Mamelodi Sundowns and Platinum Stars drew 1-1 in a League match on Sunday afternoon after Sundowns dominated the second-half.

The first goal was scored by Jospeh Malongoane while Nyasha Mushekwi got the equalizer for Sundowns.

The hosts almost opened the scoring in the third minute, with Elias Pelembe latching onto a poor clearance and shooting just wide of the target with a skidding volley.

Stars came even closer themselves just three minutes later, with the upright denying Edward Williams a long range goal after his shot had taken a wicked deflection off defender Matthew Booth.

The visitors needed goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini to come up with an excellent save to keep out a ferocious free kick from Franklin Cale in the 17th minute. The set piece was conceded in the ‘D’ outside the penalty area by Mbulelo Mabizela, who had to resort to a blatant body-check to stop Nyasha Mushekwi.

By this stage the Brazilians had taken charge of the game and on 26 minutes the overlapping Innocent Mdledle whipped in a fine cross from the left that gave Mushekwi a heading chance, but he could only direct his effort straight at Kapini.

Mushekwi had another great chance two minutes later, peeling off the back of his marker to run onto a clever pass from Pelembe, but he was denied by a brave block from the excellent Kapini.

Dikwena threatened sporadically, with their best chance arriving in the 33rd minute when Henrico Botes was presented with a shooting chance on the right of the ‘Downs penalty area, but the Namibian striker only hit the side netting with his shot.

Yet nine minutes later, and very much against the run of play, Stars took the lead. A swift counter attack saw Williams play a perfectly-weighted ball for Joseph Malongoane to run onto and the young winger finished with the chance with impressive aplomb, chipping the ball over the advancing Wayne Sandilands.

Malongoane’s goal left the Brazilians looking down the barrel at half time, but it took them just 14 minutes of the second half to bring themselves level. Pelembe whipped in a superb cross from the right flank and Mushekwi finished emphatically with a diving header to make it 1-1.

Sundowns created two chances for Mabhuti Khenyeza within ten minutes of their equalising goal, but the attacker saw his first effort well saved by Kapini and for his second he opted to cross rather than go for goal and left substitute Richard Henyekane with too much to do at the far post.

On 77 minutes Stars’ Solomon Mathe waltzed his way through the home side’s backline but, rather than looking to shoot on goal, he opted to try and square the ball for Botes and his delay allowed just enough time for Method Mwanjali to make a saving tackle.

Sundowns dominated what remained of the match but were simply unable to find a way to penetrate Stars' defence.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 08:08 pm
what i saw at da stadium wasnt nyc bt da coach and players must start 2 show hunger.
posted: 08:09 pm
Eysh, who are all these experts manje?

Mh. gents, keep your day jobs 'cause the nation is still need of plumbers, diggers, marshalls and bricklayers, leave Downs to Dawana's tu. lol!

Eintlek, where was Teko! Teko! Teko! 'Phela Teko is the best player, the likes of Pienaar are lucky to have played in his time'.... Sweyts (Soccer Critical). lovl!
posted: 08:18 pm
Mr. Sundowns what do you mean it ai'nt nice, makashaywe vele makahlanya!
He is very lucky that mash-doo delivered at the wrong address, he would have been toast by now. mh, mh.
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 08:21 pm
As sum1 who understand soccer very well I won't read too much into SunKak's problems. Unlike those idiots who support Chibuku FC I won't say becos SunKak drew today then they are out of contention lyk they said about our draw with Celtic. There's still plenty of tym for SunKak to pick up the pieces and launch a strong challemge for the league. SunKak are lucky to be releived of the pressure of being no 1 at the right time.My sense is that in the end the race is gonna be between the Mighty Chiefs and Sundowns or between the Mighty Chiefs and Ajax. I foresse buckets of tears for Chibuku FC fans in May.
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 08:31 pm
The way things are going I just hope the Mighty Amakhosi can hang around position 2 and 4 and just make sure that whoever is on top is not more than 4 points away.A team that will be toppled from the top with about 5 games to go will be out. The longer Chibuku FC occupies that spot the better. The only problem is that we shall be forced to overtake these idiots when we wallop them on 26 February. Otherwise i wud prefer to to unseat them with only 3 games to go or even on the last game of the season. Anyone remembers the 2004/5 season when we won it on the last day after Chibuku were on top for the entire season and at some stage enjoying a 13 points lead ? Anyone remembers ??
posted: 08:54 pm
Sundowns for ever I dont care who says what.But hornestly my team is run by stupid managers,Molloto is one of them.And I think its time for him and his buddies to do an hornerable thing, just leave the team in peace before we as fans force the President to do so.
posted: 08:59 pm
Keep on hopin tzozo lunatic u consider yoself as sum 1 who understand soccer u shud b ashamed of braging about 2005 achievement typical of chiefs fans sphukuphuku nx
posted: 09:07 pm
I am a true Sundowns supporter bt the march by supporters to chloorkop didnt make sense at all. Why is Makhanya the only person we are demanding resign. Lets face it this team is a tshwane team and therefore those who come from tshwane and hold key positions in the team's management have their jobs safe. What are the following people doing at Sundowns? Joan Ramogoashi, Alex Shakoane, Mambush, Walter Kutumela to mention but a few? They obviously cant be chased away cos they are from Mamelodi. I cud be wrong bt i suspect they were behind this whole thing. Trott: Why has he agreed to sign an amateur from Vardos fc for 1.2 million? Or is he getting a share? Spoilt brats said they dnt want Hristo bt Habas but today they are singing a different tune. Sies! And i repeat sies. Fact is majority of our players are not commited to the team. Katlego ' Mr ZAR' is a typical example. You renew a contract and after that you claim not to want to play for the team? Sgele bafowethu eish. For how long will this circus go on? As much as i hate to say this: Difference between Chiefs and Downs players is that chiefs players always fight for their team, respect the brand and also have winning mentality. The same cannot be said of our players. Patrice can pay them every kind of money bt they wont deliver because the team has been turned into a holiday destination.
posted: 09:19 pm
@Tzozo 2011-01-30 20:31
Musa ukusinyanyisa, uyasihhemela manje, who cares bwt chimpanzees history. Chimpzabels wl neva win da liga until they rehire Ted Dumitru. Hamba uyolala gay
posted: 10:02 pm
ha ha ha ha ha...i- anger iyababulala labantu...don't be denial...the 5000 fans Sun-doms is just an ordinary small team with or without Habababados...and some of you need to get a life and stop being narrow minded...this forum belong to all of us and we can comment as much as we like and the same applies to all of you Pie-rats and Sun-doms
posted: 07:27 am
Marop wa le Downs
posted: 07:32 am
The league is not over yet
Marop wa le Downs
posted: 07:32 am
The league is not over yet
Marop wa le Downs
posted: 07:32 am
The league is not over yet
posted: 09:09 am
From a seven point lead to position 4 ,Downs is going down the drain.....there is no doubt! Habas seems lost and the writing is on the wall. Lets be content with the top 8 finish. Pirates should take it....the rest are pretenders!!!!!!!!!!
posted: 10:37 am
To say we are pathetic is an understatement of the century, they haven't invented the word to desribe the state of affairs at my beloved Sundowns. I am still optimistic we will get over this slump.5 consecutive wins - which look unlikely at this point - will see us back at the top.
posted: 10:40 am
Nkayim... and you are???
posted: 10:51 am
Lmao Microsoft Excell FC, hahahaha!
posted: 11:08 am
mpangase did your former team paid for that worst performance those stray passes and letting mushekwi nod that goal easily.stars should fire majority of the players there are below average save for kapini,old john and the injured sambu
i hate suncolwns&pie-lete
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