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Harry Gwala
07/11/2010 15:00

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Maritzburg dump Sundowns out of Telkom Knockout Cup

Posted: 7 November 2010 Time: 17:06

Mamelodi Sundowns were unceremoniously dumped out of the Telkom Knockout Cup by Maritzburg United on Sunday.

Maritzburg won the Telkom Knockout quarter-final 2-0, with a Rudolf Bester penalty on 15 minutes, and a Fabian McCarthy header on 59 minutes.

Sundowns passed the ball around in the first half, but despite their early domination they were unable to find any openings in the Maritzburg United defence.

And despite their lack of possession, it was United who took the lead in the 15th minute, when Vuyo Mere blatantly handled the ball inside the penalty area. The referee did not hesitate in pointing to the spot and showing Mere a yellow card, but he should have been shown a straight red.

Rudolf Bester stepped up for the Team of Choice and calmly slotted the ball home, sending the keeper the wrong way and handing his side the lead, 1-0.

Sundowns continued to control the game, but were unable to create any clear-cut chances, as their passing in the final third let them down.

Antonio Lopez-Habas made a dramatic substitution when he replaced Mere with Lebohang Mokoena in the 34th minute, but still the Brazilians were unable to open up the United defence.

It was United who finished the half the stronger as Bester again tested Brian Baloyi from long range in the 43rd minute, although the Sundowns keeper made a comfortable save.

Maritzburg looked more comfortable in the second half, and created some decent chances on goal themselves.

In the 59th minute they made their time on the ball count as McCarthy doubled their lead. Bevan Fransch chipped in an inviting free-kick from the right flank and the former Kaizer Chief’s defender rose highest to powerfully head his side’s second goal, 2-0.

Sundowns quickly introduced another offensive player in the form of Surprise Moriri, and he made an immediate impact almost pulling a goal back for his side in the 72nd minute.

After a slick passing movement, Moriri found himself with some space just inside the 18-yard area and let off a powerful shot, but Shu-Aib Walters was on hand to make a good save low and to his left.

Sundowns continued the pressure in the closing minutes of the match, but Maritzburg were able to hold onto their two goal lead and move into the semi-finals of the Telkom Knockout Cup.

Previous comments on this story...

KidKudu7
posted: 05:12 am
I hope Sweyts was watching the game & I know she wont comment here.
Anonymous
posted: 06:54 am
sweyts will neva comment until sunclowns start winning!!!! She is like that everytime clowns lose she dissapear!!!!!
Wer is wonder???who claims sunclowns have 'quality' players? Hehehehehe even though they prevented nyatana to play against them it didnt help!!!! Expensive olayers r not quality players the sooner this clowns realise that the better...i mean wat has cale done for the team? Wat about henyekane, khumalo,ferreira, tshilo etc....this team is driven by greed and they will neva achieve anything until they stop being greedy!!!!!!
Mayambela2
posted: 06:59 am
I feel sorry 4 sundowns, bt wat I cn say is dat: sundowns players and their coach must stop doing talkings off the field and do them on-the pitch. Arrogancy on its own is a downfall way from success. Sundowns must stop undermining ada teams and respect every team they play against. Now dey busy making statements dat dey will win the league (after six games being played) as in like they are the onli team in the psl. One ada thing that is making sundowns to lose is that, even in league dey dot win convincingly, dey always win by a goal to nil. Dey were exposed by pirates now, maritzburg exposed them. To win games, you score goals. Look at how pirates and chiefs (though dey play nonsense football, bt dey can improve) are scorring goals. Dey make it difficult for the opponent to bounce back. Sundowns is really not a promising team to win the league de league, dey like ssu. Pirates and chiefs, speed up boys and keep cracking those goals. Shapa bucs shapa
Wonder
posted: 07:17 am
mash-do : 2010-11-08 06:54

Wer is wonder???

Where do you suppose he should be? What do you want from me?
Anonymous
posted: 07:29 am
What a dissapointment, I actually wanted to meet them again and this time, give them a 3by3 formular. hehehehehe Sorry bafowethu.

But on serious note, Sundowns coach chop and changes everytime.
What wa James Mayinga doing in the left back, where was Sibusiso,Mdhledle.
Why did Cheeseboy start on the bench,
When is Zothwane Papi gonna start playing regularily.
Is Vuyo better than Ferreira
Pelembe is tired and need to rest.

Nyandoro and Moriri are no longer what they used to be, we cant live in the past.

Lastly: Habas is not the man for Sundowns and Motsepe's vision. They need to hunt Bondareko.
Ganadlha
posted: 07:41 am
Shame RICH Sundowns.sorry guys this is football young guns always do that if you don't plan well against them.
Try next time.
Wonder-ibhola mfowethu hope Killer Mpela recover in time.
Anonymous
posted: 07:49 am
Bafana ba ho jewa ka style... kwa kwa kwa kwa.... kwi kwi kwi
Anonymous
posted: 07:50 am
As a Downs supporter my heart is broken, but on the other hand I've always told people that our coach is useless, together with Pattison, they must leave, but NO people like Wonder and them would tell me of my lack of knowledge for soccer, Pattison's work rate, what is work rate if its not producing goals.

SILAYEKILE, IF THEY DON'T FIRE THE COACH, WE WON'T WIN ANYTHING. PATTISON IS A PASSENGER, WE NEED DRIVERS...

Anonymous
posted: 07:55 am
@wonder

take it easy dude!!!!!!!!...hehehehehehehehehe!!! Wer was the quality u always talk about?.........the cabbage with cheap players is winning!....
Wonder
posted: 07:57 am
mash-do : 2010-11-08 07:55

Good for the cabbage.
Anonymous
posted: 08:04 am
Hehehehehehehe..i todl you Mazinyo has the ebating of Sundowns...hehehehe..Where was mushweki, ithemba lamagomusha? hahahaahaha..Joke team.
TrippleXXX
posted: 08:14 am
Sundowns is USELESS...

Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 08:17 am
Sorry to Wonder and your Motsepe Sundals team. Its better to bow out now, you were going to face Buc$elona in the semifinal which means it was going to be disaster for you. Now you can focus on the league.
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 08:23 am
Eish maar this Hamas guy should have long been deported. He cant even speak English. The Motsepe Sundals boys cant understand this pakistan coach. I mean, how do you start Cheeseboy on the bench? Moriri is not an impact player Pakistani ndini!! Start with Moriri!!Pattison is an overrated cow! with Nyandoro doing all the donkey job, Pattison is supposed to be offensive but the guy cant even shoot on target. Elias Pelembe is off form. Vuyo was not supposed to be substituded, he was going to redeem himself.
NTATE MOLOI ( ZONE 14)
posted: 08:28 am
I HATE VUYO MERE AND HIS DAD BRIAN BALOYI. SUNDOWNS SHOULDN'T RENEW VUYO'S CONTRACT WHICH WILL EXPIRE AT THE END OF THIS SEASON AND THE SOONER BRIAN RETIRES SO HE CAN FULLY FOCUS ON ALEX UNITED THE BETTER. THIS HABAS OR HABANA COACH MUST LEAVE. THESE POLIT BRATS SAID THEY WANTED HABANA AS THEIR COACH AND NOW THAT THEY HAVE HIM THEY CAN PRODUCE THE REQUIRED RESULTS. SIES MAN!
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 08:29 am
Mamelodi Sundals were unlucky. Goal number one was a gift from Vuyo. Moriri was unlucky to score that spetecular goal and that save from walters was goal bout. Hard luck maSandals.
Swona Champ!
posted: 08:37 am
Mayinga, is he back in the team? was he not on the transfer list? that tea works, he needs to make many trips to the mountain-polokwane!
Jingotres
posted: 08:37 am
Sundows le re Jesa ka Manyeme.


(22) Brian Baloyi..Just Hangup your boots.U'r Done.Give Wayne a chance.

(77) Matthew Booth...Also Done.Tshilo should start ahead of u

(30) Vuyo Mere ..Rember wht u/Brian did 2 Gordon (Back Passes).U'r a Cow.Onka dilo bo Lite.U not serious.Ore Costilie

(27) James Mayinga..Can't blame u Mfethu.first game of the Season.

(25) Siyanda Xulu..U need to focus the whole game Baba to be Top player.

(0) Buhle Mkhwanazi..Played well

(24) Matthew Pattison.Best player first half...and Y was he taken off...??????????????????????????.Lopez is taking us for granted.

(9) Elias Pelembe..One too many Baba.Release or work the Keeper

(3) Esrom Nyandoro..I've written off since Last season.U'r also done.

(27) Nyasha Mushekwi.Quite game but promising.

(15) Mabhuti Khenyeza..Malwela.Malwela.
Wonder
posted: 08:38 am
The players wanted Habas, they have their Habas and are playing sh!t football. i think these spoilt brats were against Hristo Stoichkov because he was a disciplinarian, they lack discipline.

The sooner we see Sandilands in goals the better, Brian and Marlin have done their bit and now Sandilands must reclaim his rightful position.

Pelembe is not off form, the coach is!
Wonder
posted: 08:39 am
Why was this looser blaming the referee? he did the same thing against Pirates, everytime he looses, he blames the ref, why can't he take responsibility? Nxxx, useless management!
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