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Mamelodi Sundowns beat Maritzburg United

Posted: 14 April 2012 Time: 17:24

Mamelodi Sundowns became the first team to book their place in the semifinals of the 2012 Nedbank Cup with a comfortable 2-0 home win over Maritzburg United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.

Goals from Lebohang Mokoena and Nysaha Mushekwi – the Zimbabwean’s ninth of the tournament – saw the Brazilians to a deserved victory.

The Team of Choice battled bravely, but they were too defensive from the outset and offered little in the way of attacking threat.

Maritzburg were the first to threaten a goal, with Mor Diouf powering a header on target from a corner kick in the sixth minute, but goalkeeper Calvin Marlin made an excellent point-blank save at his far post.

Marlin’s counterpart Shu-aib Walters was given decent protection by his backline, though he did have a couple of long-range efforts from Surprise Moriri and Teko Modise to deal with.

Sundowns eventually took the lead on 38 minutes. A quick free-kick from Moriri put Mokoena into a good shooting position and the attacker beat Walters at his near post with a stinging drive.

Early in the second half Katlego Mphela should have doubled the Brazilians’ advantage. Modise and Mokoena combined to set the striker up with a clear shooting chance in the box, but he blasted his effort wide of the target.

Mphela soon made way for Mushekwi, having seemingly done some damage to his hamstring which necessitated the change.

With 20 minutes to play United’s Walters kept his side in the game with a superb finger-tip save, deflecting over the crossbar a fiercely-hit Esrom Nyandoro shot that looked destined to ripple the back of the net.

But on 75 minutes there was nothing Walters could do to stop Mushekwi sweeping home a low shot with his left foot, as the Zimbabwean netted his ninth goal in the 2012 Nedbank Cup to take the score to 2-0 and effectively kill off Maritzburg’s challenge.

Things went from bad to worse for the Team of Choice when Rheece Evans was sent off in the last minute of regulation time, picking up his second yellow card for hauling down Richard Henyekane just outside the penalty area.

Sundowns: Marlin; Mapuru, Daniels, Mwanjale, Masenamela, Nyandoro, Moriri (Kekana 79’), Modise, Mokoena, Mphela (Mushekwi 54’), Pelembe (Henyekane 69’)

United: Walters; Booysen, Hendricks, Diouf, Evans, Petersen (Ncubeni 62’), Madondo, Morton, Matuka, Matle (Zulu 72’), Sibisi (Malajila 62’)

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Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:27 pm
Bakhala abantu.

What can u expect from the caretaker coaches. Ted was ryt
posted: 10:38 pm
hola Masandawanas out der, abo Sweyts, brazilitto, The-Game, Jelous Down, Dee Fantastik etc.. 2dy i rada nt comment till nxt week wnsdy, bt jst 2 pass my deepest condolences 2 family n vriend of boby n kaizer chisfs family funeral services by dier suffered defeat 2 ffs ds evng lol
Kwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Noordturena Village maar why lababan2 be freezer so, phela bengifuna siyodlala ufaynali nabo

And, wena editor musa ukungphaphela akuphi ama comments amu sdididi ngini sika cosa

posted: 11:25 pm
Pie-rats n zebras must jst shut Up n sit down..we tkin dis sh!t 2Chloorkop..let d resultz do the talkn nd yal stop b!t€hn, pie-rats n zebras r jst a bunch of sore-Loserz hahahaaaa
posted: 11:56 pm
masandawana dumelang ka moka. We are gonna win this cup. Letsa just win fibe of the remaining six. Dankie yello nation
posted: 12:12 am
Best of luck to amaSandawana wen it cums to da NB cup,jst wana c da General finali win sunthng nd as for da league may da best class-act take it! want my team Bucs to get it bt lyk i sed Teko deserves abit of. glory!
Be careful
posted: 12:15 am
Kabo Yellow Masandawana, angeke saphelamandla, bafana ba Style. thank u thank u thank u mcwa mcwa mcwa i luv it. The Sky is the Limit
posted: 05:57 am
Now sandawana can go all the way 2 take this cup,also the zebraz a going straight 2 the zoo.
posted: 06:27 am
my blood is yellow and blue. kabo yellow forever.
'in neeskens we trust'
posted: 07:56 am
gud win 4 us but de way we played waz boring slow buildups nyandoro nd moriri,daniels and mwanjane are useless when playing in da same team de less said about the keeper de better watch nd see coach play dat team against a compatitive team u'l be sorry. As for mphela he doesnt wanna play 4 us nomore give nyasha sumore game time
posted: 10:18 am
De new downs line up will consist 3 defenders and 1 defensive midfielder. We will rape our opponent on their backyards.
We will hold them by their belt and when we gets closer we will crush their nuts for parking de bus against us.

we re yellow and akukho bhari ezoncengwa # quote sweyts#
posted: 11:43 am
Heita Brazilitto's! Asincengi stunxa la mza wam'! mh.
posted: 12:40 pm
The choice is the sky n the sky is the limit ka bo yellowww.. ! welllllllllllldone!
posted: 12:50 pm
Gud 1.let,s nt b ova confident,ga nnyane ga nnyane.semis here we cum,ka bo yellow
posted: 02:24 pm
This Nedbank cup is yellow!!!
posted: 10:15 pm
This Cup is written Sundowns all over it.Bring FSS on we will sort them out.I wish we avoid SSU in da semis so dat we play them in da Derby final.Hola Sweyts am back to ur Country again just to see us through this home stretch.I smell a double here.
posted: 12:57 pm
Nxa Pirates and chiefs fans can tok shit nd nonsense at first u said Maritzburg will wip sundowns now that we weeped their asses on Satursday,u saying Free state stars wil get us lets wait for that day nd see,Cheese boy wil teach them a lesson
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