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27/09/2011 19:30

Nyasha Mushekwi scored but also missed a host of chances

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Pelembe nets late, late goal for Brazilians

Posted: 27 September 2011 Time: 20:55

Elias Pelembe scored in the dying seconds for Mamelodi Sundowns as they defeated Bloemfontein Celtic 2-1 in their Absa Premiership clash at Loftus Stadium on Tuesday night.

Elias Pelembe scored in the dying seconds for Mamelodi Sundowns as they defeated Bloemfontein Celtic 2-1 in their Absa Premiership clash at Loftus Stadium on Tuesday night.

It was heart-breaking for Celtic, who had chances of their own to win the game, but in the end goals from Nyasha Mushekwi and Pelembe sealed their fate. Eric Mathoho had given Celtic a first-half lead.

The win moves Downs top of the table, for 24 hours at least, ahead of Tshwane rivals SuperSport United on goals scored.

Sundowns had much of the play in the first half but it was Celtic who went into the break in front.

Eric Mathoho headed home a Thokozani Mshengu free-kick on 26 minutes with the Sundowns defence at sixes and sevens.

Before that Katlego Mphela might have put his side in the lead as he was fed by Musa Nyatama, but he put his shot across goal.

Mushekwi had the first of a number of golden opportunities to score when he found himself one-on-one with Patrick Tignyemb, but the Cameroon stopper saved his point-blank effort.

The Zimbabwean striker then missed two great heading opportunities, failing to hit the target with either.

Mshengu was lucky to stay on the pitch just before the break when, already on a yellow card, he lashed out at Hlompho Kekena, kicking the former Celtic man on the shin, but got only a talking to rather than another card.

Sundowns were level on 55 minutes as Mushekwi finally found the back of the net and it was a fine goal too. He brought the ball down on the edge of the area and fired home low past a statuesque Tignyemb.

Mushekwi missed a great chance to give his side the lead as he received the ball eight yards out, but fired over the bar with Tignyemb and the Celtic defence scrambling.

At the other end, Clifford Mulenga found acres of space on the left, but his shot was saved by Wayne Sandilands in the home goal.

And Mulenga went even closer a minute from time as his shot was touched by Sandilands onto the woodwork.

But it was the home side who snatched the points as Pelembe popped up at the back post and with his weaker right foot volleyed the ball past a helpless Tignyemb.

Previous comments on this story...

Mfana Wa Style
posted: 08:33 am
What can i say, when you have you have it, style ofcoz!

Shapa Dawana Shapa...45 minutes team? kuphi khona, bolaya Dawana Bolaya.

Mushekwi should start ahead of Khenyeza, damn that boy is FANTASTIC!!
Thanduxolo
posted: 08:37 am
shapa sandawana shapa. guys u played wel u deseved 2 win, any way thnx again mr. coach i believe in u, u prvd ur crtcs wrong

guys wen suprise was substutd de was a space in de middle thnx agn 4 belivng in suprise moriri's experience he is our man

Sandawana 4 life shapaaaaaa
MoDawana
posted: 08:38 am
I said it before and I will say it again rule out Downs at your own peril. If a team that is jelling and not playing the best football can score two goals on average and have the leading goal scorer it goes without saying that they bleksem people once they are a unit.

Well done to the lads for playing attacking football throughout the game and thanks coach for starting with a hollding midfielder, Kekana and giving Sibusiso Khumalo a run.
Anonymous
posted: 08:39 am
Given the fact that is our coach's first season I don't have any high expectation just that he need to build the team than we can talk anyhoe I'm happy we have such coach. Sky is the limit.
MoDawana
posted: 08:44 am
Hula Mabhakaniya for the great sportmanship unlike some wild horses who bolt nothing but crap. If there is a second team (Makwapeni) I like for their brand of football it is Bucs. Pity I am taken and by choice.

I remain SANDAWANA until Wild Horses are taimed and taken to a circus.
Mfana Wa Style
posted: 08:44 am
What can i say, when you have you have it, style ofcoz!

Shapa Dawana Shapa...45 minutes team? kuphi khona, bolaya Dawana Bolaya.

Mushekwi should start ahead of Khenyeza, damn that boy is FANTASTIC!!
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 09:02 am
Is this true? Kung fu FC actually won a soccer match? Congra!

Bucselona is the Limit KaboRed!
The_Point_Is
posted: 09:13 am
What a wonderful display of football by Downs, As a Chiefs supporter i was at the Loftus, Celtics were lucky not to be beaten by 6 goals to one considering those many clear scoring chances that were missed(Musheku being the main culprit). But that Pelemebe guy is something else,what a footballer. An intelligent player with complete football brains. well done downs, i hope u keep the momentum going. As for Ajax ba swineile, Ka Bo Yeeeeeeeellooooooooow,The only dull moment was when sundonws players did not kick the ball out when one of the own was down in pain until the referee decided it was enough and stopped.I thought that was sensless. Good luck to my team tonite against arrows, and good luck to Bucselona (Football 101) against Free state stars. In a nutsehll bafana ba style ba dirile mmereko last nite (3 point collected). Well done.
Thokozani
posted: 09:16 am
Even without attempt at goal within the first 15 minutes I could see the guys were comfortable on the ball (except for the slippery rugby field with long grass). I was however disapointed at the number of good scoring chances that were fluffed. I love the way Killer plays for the team...and if he were to play more towards the inside he will get many chances at goal and yesterday he could have gotten two for himself. Nice game...nice to see The Game has returned
Ganadlha
posted: 09:42 am
Well done Bafana bastlaela.keep it up and warm that pole position for us.
ONCE N ALWAYS
lsramakuwela
posted: 09:59 am
masandawana who was man of the match?
kwela-kwela madondo
posted: 10:22 am
i now understand why kick-off journalists don't want sundowns to win...there will be nothing to write about. when sundowns lose that's when they talk kak gore motsepe is wasting money, instead of praising motsepe for up lifting the standard of soccer in south africa. its a fact, if it was n't for motsepe to pay players what they deserve, the so called soweto satans will be still exploring players by paying them peanuts. patrice has raised the bar, we must give credit where it is due. imagine a player of happy jele's talent earning R6000.00! that's an insult.....
Anonymous
posted: 10:29 am
My fellow brazilians, it was a gud win but we can't ignored the problem we had all over the years and pretend it does no longer exit. We know that those 2 mgodoyis are still at the helm. And we had gud coaches in the past but we all know wat happen to them. Last night we were celebrating but am afraid al will not last. We can't keep on blaming players and coaches while we all know the culprits. So dis victory must not make us 4get the crisis. To abo mtho4downz, west sadawane swetys, and all the brazilianz let's keep loving this club until(not moloto or makhaya) but death do us apart


Death by yellow
Yellow Murderer
Anonymous
posted: 11:21 am
@mosimanegape:2011-09-28 10:22
Well said my brother. We alwayz praise overseas stars for earning millions week in week out but. But we criticize the man who is treating our stars like really soccer stars
tk.
posted: 02:12 pm
i'll take the three points, but i think we can still do better. hope d coach sees dat mushekwi is d real deal. he is a little bit rusty, but with more game time we r likely 2 c the mushekwi of last year
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