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Mamelodi Sundowns draw 0-0 with AmaZulu

Posted: 14 August 2011 Time: 17:01

Sundowns were held to a goalless draw by AmaZulu in their first match of the season at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

It was a frustrating match for Sundowns as their star-studded midfield was not allowed to string passes together.

AmaZulu, on the other hand, were content with sitting at the back and managed to threaten Sundowns with a few quick breaks, but coach Manqoba Mngqithi will be pleased at how his young charges contained The Brazilians.

Sundowns took control of the match from the first whistle, but they were not allowed to create much clear-cut opportunities by the organised Usuthu defence.

The first chance fell for Mabhuti Khenyeza, who found himself with space on the left, but his shot went wide in the eighth minute.

Carlington Nyadombo received a yellow card for a clumsy double-footed tackle on Katlego Mphela just outside the box. Mphela stepped up, but his free-kick went straight into Tapuwa Kapini’s hands.

Sundowns continued to press forward, using their wingbacks to add more numbers, and it almost paid off in the 26th minute when Doctor Mampuru went on a dazzling run which was stopped illegally by Ramson Zhuwawo on the edge of the box.

Modise’s attempt from the free-kick was poor as his tame shot failed to trouble the goalkeeper.

Usuthu almost took the lead against the run of play when Andile Khumalo fired in a long-range shot, but Sundowns goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands pulled off a one-handed save to tip the ball over for a corner.

The resulting corner almost produced a goal but Sandilands was alert enough to block Sibusiso Hadebe’s header; the ball bounced around the box a few times before Method Mwanjali cleared the danger.

AmaZulu almost scored when Namibian striker Tangeni Shipahu latched onto a brilliant long pass from Hadebe, but his shot struck the upright with Sandilands well-beaten.

Sundowns seemed to lose their tempo after the break, while Usuthu continued to grow in confidence. Dumisani Zwane should’ve opened the scoring in the 70th minute when he attacked the box from the right - he took a powerful shot that struck Sandilands in the face when a deft chip would’ve been the better option.

Mushekwi’s first chance came in the 76th minute but his looped header sailed past the top corner.

With AmaZulu keeping all players behind the ball, it was very difficult for Sundowns to feed Bafana Bafana star Katlego Mphela and Mushekwi, and in the end a goalless draw was a fair result.

Previous comments on this story...

Nipsy
posted: 06:15 pm
The only way for TUCKSHOP coach to save his life is to beat the galaxy of cows hard when they meet in the MTN and stop playing like robots, other than that I feel sorry for him. The standard of PSL is too high for this TUCKSHOP.
fulano
posted: 06:17 pm
we cant judge sundowns on their first game of da season coz 1 point is better dan nothing,amazulu came with a defence mission,overall da game was good....im a khosi though
Anonymous
posted: 06:17 pm
I thought SOMEClOWNS will win this one.They are still a long way behind.Zebras are lost,I think they need a coach before is too late.Pirates is cruizing.
Anonymous
posted: 06:19 pm
I thought SOMEClOWNS will win this one.They are still a long way behind.Zebras are lost,I think they need a coach before is too late.Pirates is cruizing.
Anonymous
posted: 06:20 pm
If sundowns play lyk this against pirates in the mtn 8 am telin u pirates wil emberess them sum thg lyk 5-0 is okay up da bucs
Anonymous
posted: 06:20 pm
weldone Downs fans 4 dat Brazilian flavour
Anonymous
posted: 06:24 pm
I see. Rud Krol replacing this sunflower coach. I think they lack motivation, winning mentality.
Anonymous
posted: 06:25 pm
the team is promising, we need to be aggressive going foward, so we can have a lot of scoring chances
Anonymous
posted: 06:25 pm
@godfrey.... These clowns won 1-0 against mbabane swallows a team that plays with ppl not gud enough to even b ball boys at pirates. If pirates played against the very same opponents we were gonna allow the to field 18 players and still wallop them by a rugby score margin. N 4 stopin mr 18 area i think young stars like xulu,mampuru n masenamela will play with their blackberries in their underwears taking pictures of benni celebrating a hatrick. Champ i hope that answers ur question. Football 101 is a course at the University of Orlando.
champ nespray is a movie star look-alike coach
posted: 06:27 pm
Nipsy: 2011-08-14 18:15 [ Report ]

@Nipsy

if your wishes were to be granted each time u make them, pirates will be in the castle lig by now. why do you hate this superbrand team so much. i guess it has to do something with the treble.

next time make sure u wrap up the game earlier. i was in comma bcos of the lucky win. zebras must never again play with my emotions. i hate it more after last night. what can i do to feel better?

bhakabhaka for life
Sweyts',)
posted: 06:29 pm
Hehee, look who's talking? Bucs fans were in solidarity with Downs before the 'leap year' last season, manje sebaya spita.

@Jerry my broe, this 'Tom' Godfree will get you into mischief do'nt buy his skelm, besides there are very few 'kleva's' by that name. lol.

I maintain that a point against 10 parked Quantam's ai'nt too bad for starters.....Downs' nini nanini, namanje!

Anonymous
posted: 06:34 pm
M nt suprsd coz smal teams always fyt hard whn plyng against us nd dats whn dey ar seen by ada teams.hard luk dawana we wl fynd our feet bt nt afta years.yoh paratute supotas cn talk lyk chps i ddnt dat
Anonymous
posted: 06:36 pm
wht widows & poqo re doing here? i du understand de midlman had blown hs whlistle olready @ Downs we say we re fully arlet & we on de rght track. mo team re going 2 safa belive u me. m telling u, dis z mighty Mamelodi Sundowns we re tolkng abt. Sundowns will win mtn8 jurgng 4rm wht c.
Anonymous
posted: 06:39 pm
Ts realy nt a gud idea ukuphapha f u c few drops in 1 year f u gna b in a 10 year drought,f i was a paratute fan i wouldnt tk too much coz da nxt drought culd b 4 20 years who knw,stp tklng 3 much akufani nani ukuphapha
champ nespray is a movie star look-alike coach
posted: 06:40 pm
@Lordjerry

you have answead me, beyond expectations i may say.

your amongst the most intelectually gifted bhakajujus. i think u can be a gud adviser to that clown nespray, ur knowledge of soccer is mising at robocop fc. if it hapens that one day sundoms hire u, will u plot our downfall?

will u put the job above the love u have for bhakajuju?

to the haters

being bhakajuju is a calling, the phone is ringing pick it up, it may change ur life for good.
Anonymous
posted: 06:40 pm
Here we go again. Mr nee niks, u do it like u do in Europe, then u don't succeed. You have already rubbed members of sundowns family the wrong way. Where is Pattison, whats wrong with Zothwane, they bring nigeria in SA AND U DON'T WANT IT?
Anonymous
posted: 06:51 pm
i fell sori 4 widows we wll beat dem 2 com nice & kick dem out of mtn8 cup. Ez 4rm nxt week dey will neva wear dat widows atire. Sundows wht a gem team. my eyes cudn,t bilve 2c pirates fans being so frustrated whn mighty Downs failed 2 beat Usuthu.
champ nespray is a movie star look-alike coach
posted: 07:00 pm
Sweyts: 2011-08-14 18:29

@sweyts

if u were sweets, u will be sour. no person was gonna buy u. even now we dont buy ur stories. when the champs are speaking, u must sit back, relax, find something to do or just enjoy reading the comments which carries lots of sence and information to help u upgrade ur knowledge of soccer.

were no longer with you in solidarity, your alone and i dont see you coming out in the near future. we will tsipa u until ticlas natasha by robocop fc back or better until u go on strike
Anonymous
posted: 07:08 pm
While abanye badlala ama draw & others' defence gets breached by Jomo's schl boys, Bucs is on Cruise Control...

Siyoshaya inja kuze kuphume umnikati wayo nxt Sunday!

Tsipa! MTN 8 Final here we come, on Cruise Control!

Bucs by birth!
champ nespray is a movie star look-alike coach
posted: 07:09 pm
MTHO4DOWNZ : 2011-08-14 18:51

@ the above diehard brazilian.
we are not frustrated, i think you performed better than i expected. i predicted amazulu to work over with a 2 nil confortable win(not that thing we saw last night). this robocop fc starting line up is a joke, dont fall for it. nespray must be serious, the starting line up is not funny.

how does it feel to be last man standing in solidarity?
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