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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...

posted: 07:11 pm
he he he i cnt wait 2c&witness i've seen @ FNB stadia, whn zandile zandi went streit 2 drsngrum aftr kral took hm out. Promise t wil be worse ds time. he wil jst go straight rushng home cryng. i fil sori 4 old oupa bcz he wil forced 2 du hs job while Suprise wl teach hm sum easy soccer lesns. b warnd Nyatamarisation arived & wl leave u shocked!
posted: 07:17 pm
I am a bit uncomfortable wit d coach,y so many midfielders wit only Pelembe as a winger.wer s Cale or Henyekane for dat meter,coach coach dnt start wit us plz
posted: 07:22 pm
This game was boring really watching the grass grow was better than that rubbish we were subjected to... And that Pirates reject called 'gogo earth' is a pathetic mediocre having seen the zebras huffing and puffing to an unconvincing referee assisted win I can safely say Pirates will easily defend the league
posted: 07:23 pm
Diz poor sunflow draw against amazulu at HOME,can dis sunflw BEAT MIGHTY BUCS AT ORLANDO STADIUM?heh heh heh nyatamarised heh heh heh nyatamarised kuphi khona,sunflws wl fight 4 religtn diz seasn mark my wordz.SHAPA BHAKAJUJU SHAPA
champ nespray is a movie star look-alike coach
posted: 07:30 pm
MTHO4DOWNZ : 2011-08-14 19:11

diehard brazillian

i like your spirit. moriri is too old and slow to kip with the pace of ace, he wont cope with the skill. nyatama is gud but still have to prove himself. im surprised u didnt mention sis thoko, have u accept that he has nothing to offer. krol has left us 4 gud.

that day at the fnb stadium, you will agree with me that yeyes luks had something to do with it. gattuso is a normal person, u cant expect him 2 be at his best wen he is marking someone who luks more of a gorilla.

gattuso is going to put nyatama in a bottle and silence his praisers once and for all. modise wont be marked, he is as gud as dead.
posted: 07:31 pm
huz nxt Cosmos shame! 1.Wyne 2.Doctor 3.Punch 4.Siyanda 5.Method 6.Suprise 7.Elias 8.Nyatama 9.Killer 10.Gloogle Earth 11.Cheeseboy. Left dem cryng boyz ol de way 2 championship
posted: 07:33 pm
& what's happening wt Papi Zothwane coz I think I saw Thoko "gogo earth" Modise wearing jersey no. 10?

Sundunusa fans pls giv an ansa...

Up da Bucs
posted: 07:50 pm
Hey Sandiso wake up ma man hw cn u say 1 point iz gud enough against d small team while otherz team tyk ful 3 point in smal team.u xpect hw many point wil diz sunclows play against chiefs,PIRATES,celtic,supr utd,wits.hw can i 4gt Maristbag utd
posted: 07:51 pm
Sundowns does not have a destroyer.Moriri can't be one & if that's how they going to play.I'm afraid they will be exposed badly.
champ nespray is a movie star look-alike coach
posted: 07:52 pm
@ BUCS on Cruise Control

modise will get that robots fc players to be divided, he is too greedy. gogo earth and moloto will work together in getting rid of that clueless coach, neeniks. papi must come 2 join the champs.

i think robocop fc should just relocate to swaziland. they are very gud, in that kingdom. it will take them atleast 6 seasons to be on par with the galaxy. while they will be searching for formulars, the galaxy will be busy collecting 3ples and champs lig

its gud to be a bhakajuju, every fan just wishes to be you
posted: 07:55 pm
@Bucks cruise whteva ur name z. it's wht u think brada & nxt time plz concentrate on bugs unless u de memba of Star-Studded team
posted: 08:02 pm
@Mtho4downz... My name z BUCS on Cruise Control. I didn't expect it to b difficult 4 any1 2 comprehend, bt ke high IQ'd supporters r found only in da midst of LE GALAXY (BUCS) supporters!

& ima ask againd; what's happening wt da skillful Papi Zothwane?

Up the Bucs!
Champ Always in the TOP 8
posted: 08:08 pm
Hello Champs!! I never wanted to comment on this article but I have noticed the domination of Champions on this blog. We dominate everywhere, Sweyts did u notice that?
posted: 08:18 pm
It's amazing to see Pierats Fans puking a lot of bile here when it's us Downs Fans who supposed to be comnenting here,but am not worried they can shout louder here,but come weekend time we'll just shut their big mouths for good.No one will ever shout about the treble again.As for Amazulu they should be ashame of themselves for parking a Rea Via bus on the 18 yard area,just like Celtic did with the Gautrain they parked last weekend.Thanx God Pierats are playing an open kinda football.Now people will really see how good are our strikers.Our midfield&defence are tight.Yeah our strikers are gonna come to the party soon...mark my words !!!Where in the World have you ever heard of a Coach being judged just after two games except here in SA.Our fans needs to be well educated when it comes to football matters.I appeal to all the Downs Fans not to be influenced by what Pierats are saying about us.
posted: 08:19 pm
It's a sin to allow a certain team to win a major trophy after ten years.
The stupid fans will brag about this for years to come. People who are not used to wins and celebrations.
Just imagine Lesotho winning the world cup, we will never hear the end of it.

Mara these Chibuku donkies are amazing.
The stupidity is beyond description.

Back to the topic.
What is that thing on ther picture?
Nyaope e qetile tuu.
Mara nyaope ya betha tjo.
posted: 08:21 pm
chiefs are at it again playing just to honour da psl fixture nothing else am a chiefs supporter but big up to bucs they have winning mentality i like that like man u or barcelona
posted: 08:24 pm
West Indian Chick:2011-08-14 20:18

Welcome back my brother?

Just leave these lunatics from Chibuku united alone.

It's amazing to see these donkies from a certain making alot of noise here. They have been quiet for ten years.
Ke dihele tsa batho ntja tsena.
posted: 08:26 pm
whatever you saying, Keep talking!! "Sundowns Forever.
posted: 08:40 pm
Again you Chibuku fans, don't ever compare that mickey mouse team with kaizer chiefs please.
Have you already forgoten about the sharpville like MASSACRE? FNB MASSACRE.
Remember that day the rats were brutaly crusified.
Just imagine crusifying a rat.
Smiling assassin is heartless.I can wait to see these rats being crusified again. I like that picture of a crusified rat on the small cross.
Have you already forgotten about Yeye who send the arogant midget(COWindile Jali) to the dressing room?
posted: 08:42 pm
no mr editor you wrong here,sundown held amazulu to a draw.amazulu got themselves to blame for poor finnishing.but they were brilliant.google earth, what a waste.why not pattison in that space.if gogo earth gainst the mighty ones in mtn I foresee big ass wopping.
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