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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...

Jingotres
posted: 11:33 am
And then come month end,there will be Player of the Month(20 000/15 000)rewards.

These players haven't played good soccer ths Year.

We should not fool ourselves that we are quality.No:we not.


I mean it's clear now that they only interested in Cash.
Anonymous
posted: 11:52 am
Busani: 2010-11-08 11:28
Sweyts: 2010-11-08 10:54
it was 2 weeks back when i said this player is useless never done
sumthin special and nyandoro is even better than him coz he can hit
a powerful shot,
wonder and king and other sundowns fans told me how idiotic im
and im smoking panties,
gud thing people are now noticing that
Sweyts',)
posted: 12:09 pm
Busani: 2010-11-08 11:28 [ Report ]
Sweyts: 2010-11-08 10:54

You are the first person after me to critisize Pattison.......e.t.c

Sho Busani I remember that very well bhut wam, why did I name him u-Fatty Patty in the first place kanti?

Well he improved later on under Hristo when he was made to play as a Defensive mid....nangu ke u-Habas ufuna ukumenza u-Roger Feutmba (CAM)whe we've got the likes of Shongwe for that position and have never been tested.

Infact, Who told Habas we need to change anything in the middle because Nyandoro was the only visible hole there?
Why ca'nt he just drop the 'toppie' and mess up Hristo's foundation at once? Nx! I'm fuming Busani......Phela some of us played ibhola strong futhi, so ngeke sithule nje kumosheka! Nx!
Wonder
posted: 12:42 pm
Busani: 2010-11-08 11:28

I'm not sure whether its comprehension or what, or maybe its something you do delibarately. read below a quote from Swetys:

"Fatty Patty- The sooner you make Lopez aware of your lack of offensive abilities the better! Moes****!"

Operative word being "offensive abilities".

Does it make sense to you now? Patty is a very good defensive midfielder and i'm sure even Swetys will not dispute that, but he is not a attacking midfielder that Habas wants to turn him into.

The difference between your criticism and that of Swetys is different, he makes analytical observation about the player, you lambast him generally.
Van Basten
posted: 02:28 pm
Another thing is that the Downs supporters have got this respect for Motsepe that they can't even vent their anger even if it has to do with a coach ,scout or even a manager.You should one day attend the year end functions at Sundowns.It's all Downs supporters and no VIP's hence the supporters find it hard to show displeasure because they feel to be part of the team but on the flip side,their mouth are silenced indirectly.Even Celtics supporters will net take this crap lying down.How I love watching from a distance without supporting any of the PSL teams.

If it were Chiefs that lost to any team the way Downs did yesterday,even Holomisa will send his dissaproval of perfomance to the board,Mere in this case Jamnbo,Sweswe,would be locked inside the townhouse for the whole week,in fact a crisis meeting as going to be arranged hastily.IT WORKS
temasondo
posted: 03:07 pm
As we are the suppoters our heart are being hurt to be beaten by maritzburg, which means we are lacking proper management, the head coach with his poor english, game plan, why Mkhwanazi instead of Mmotong how can you start with 5 defenders with the inclusion of Nyandoro, Pattison. when zothwane, vilakazi, Mmotong, Tschilo, Ferrera, sandilands is gonna start playing.

I was worried of the coach for failing to comment after the match of what exactly went wrong to sundowns I wonder what is saying to the players if he can't speak (talk) english and i think this coach must stop changing the team every now an then, try this combination try to gell these players.

The Line Up must be like this Habas Man (4 4 2 not that 4 2 3 1 with so many defenders)
Look at Jose Morihno ( not changing the team nigligently, stick to the combination ) winning every match since his presence. I think habas is not the man to lead sundowns, there were saying he was the man doing the holl lot of job over the Bulgarian Hristo Stochkov but since he it seems like he don't have a clue of the correct combination, Habas plz Call or Phone Mr Stochkov I sure he will give you some tactics

1 Sandilands Permanent
2 Xulu
3 Khumalo Permanent
4 Tschilo Permanent
5 Mmgomeni Permanent
6 Pattison Permanent
7 Moriri Permanent (Captain)
8 Mokoena
9 Mushweki
10 Mphela
11 Pelembe

Substitutes
1 khenyeza / hanyekanye for mphela or mushweki
2 zothwane / vilakazi / shongwe for moriri
3 cale / mmotong for pelembe or mokoena
4 mtiziwa / nyandoro for pattison
5 mnanjali / mere for xulu
6 mdledle / mayinga for khumalo
7 marlin / mabhokwane / baloyi for sandilands
I can't list all the players

It was good to be beaten by maritzburg, imagine we won to play against to Pirats or chiefs it would be a disaster.

thanx.
Jingotres
posted: 03:52 pm
The sad thing is that No One from Sundowns"Esrom/Alex.S" showed up to Apologies to the supporters as to Y and how come"what Ws the motive behind the loss"with such important game.

I guess yet again/Another Year NO CHRISTMAS Present from Mamelodi Sundowns:Bafana ba Style:

I need to find out what's ths "Bafana ba Style"all about.
Is it Moola style/Cheeze style or what:


As far as i Love Downs,but truth be told:It will take us years before we WIN something.Not with the Current underperformers.

These Players cannot compete with 11 v 11.They are Lazy/They all think cause it's Downs opponents will just lay down and allow them free ride.

dibaba
posted: 05:34 pm
uyabona my heart is bleeding .....what is happening ma sundawana amahle ..where is it all going wrong. ayikhona mani ...come on boys ! brazilian till i die ! pick up yo socks mani ..this is not good @ all
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