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Sundowns climb to third

Posted: 15 May 2008 Time: 21:41

Mamelodi Sundowns continued their fine finish to the season with hard-fought 1-0 victory over Platinum Stars at Olympia Park on Thursday evening to move into third place in the Absa Premiership.

Elias Ngwepe scored the only goal of the game just after halftime, with both teams finishing the match with 10 men.

There were rare starts for young Sundowns goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane and former Bafana Bafana striker Tyren Arendse as coach Trott Moloto shuffled his pack ahead of the Nedbank Cup Final against Mpumalanga Black Aces later in the month.

Arendse was instrumental in the first half, relishing his chance of first team football, and went close on a number of occasions.

Sundowns controlled the game in the opening period and might have been at least 3-0 up by the break, but had to make do with a 0-0 scoreline, as a mixture of poor finishing and good goalkeeping from Tapuwa Kapini kept them at bay.

But they made the breakthrough soon after halftime.

Stars failed to clear their lines in the 48th minute, and Ngwepe thundered home the loose ball from the edge of the area through a crowd of bodies to give Downs the lead.

And there was late drama as both teams were reduced to 10 men. First Arendse soured his comeback with a second bookable offence on 77 minutes to receive his marching orders.

But Stars could not take advantage of the numerical superiority as six minutes later they lost a man as well. Joseph Mkalipa, booked in the first period, made a crunching tackle on Robyn Johannes and deservedly was sent for an early shower as well.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 08:07 am
Mara these Chips and Rats supporters, they don't know what to say now and they think Teko and Khune are the players of the season. Please Masandawana, help these idiots.
Anonymous
posted: 08:08 am
Mkongororo, who do you support?
Anonymous
posted: 08:13 am
Siyanda: my friend soccer is so called non profit organistation it's entartainment, so motsepe is not there on make money but to empower by the he is making a lot of money everyday through his other businesses and he is currently no 489 in the world( richest people)
Anonymous
posted: 08:15 am
Well Trott's magic seems to be working. Honestly Downs is a good team for coaches to revive their careers as Downs normally does well on a new coach. Motsepe should give him a chance and take it from there.
Anonymous
posted: 08:32 am
SIYANDA the nedbank money is not going to the club or motsepe it is going to be shared by the players.
Anonymous
posted: 08:37 am
Tshifilwa: i'm sandawanians my brother, and u .
Dave10
posted: 08:55 am
Ain't no stoping Downs!

Shapa Sandawana Shapa!
SANDAWANA YSTERDAY,TODAY,TOMMORROW AND SANDAWANA FOREVER! Shapa!
Dave10
posted: 08:59 am
Siyanda, Motsepe, unlike Kaizer and Khoza, is in soccer for the love of the game and not to make money. kaizer and khoza are nothing without soccer! don't be stupid man, the guy doesn't even touch a cent of all the teams winnings, they share the money amongst themselves. where do you come from?
Anonymous
posted: 09:04 am
siyanda when mr motsepe bought the team he made it clear that he is not here to make money but to improve the standard of south african soccer thats why today you see players being promised big bonuses
Anonymous
posted: 10:04 am
Mkongororo, I am a Sandawana for life my brother and I am enjoying these looseless stick. And oh, I HATE CHIPS AND RATS, and their big mouthed supporters.
Anonymous
posted: 10:06 am
OLEEE OLE OLE OLEEEE ..... OLEEEEE .... Sundowns.
OLEEE OLE OLE OLEEEE ..... OLEEEEE .... Sundowns.
OLEEE OLE OLE OLEEEE ..... OLEEEEE .... Sundowns.
OLEEE OLE OLE OLEEEE ..... OLEEEEE .... Sundowns.
OLEEE OLE OLE OLEEEE ..... OLEEEEE .... Sundowns.
OLEEE OLE OLE OLEEEE ..... OLEEEEE .... Sundowns.
Anonymous
posted: 10:14 am
Holla 7. Guys, let me share something with you. Form is temporaly and CLASS is forever. So, Makhosikazi, try to sink that into your useless minds and good luck with that. maybe if you were not trained ladies, you might have been a better team. Ziwo 7 maiphelele.
Anonymous
posted: 10:15 am
im out of words!!!!!hai khona la BAFANA BA STYLE hai khona.since.....i really cant remember the excact date,PROFFESSOR,DIKOTSI,SAMUEL,ALFRED,SIFISO and the rest of CHIEFS suppooters waited for SUNDOWNS to loses.u really derseve the BEST WAITING AWARD.my question is ,i u still waiting for SUNDOWNS to lose?
SHAPA SUNDOWNS SHAPA.
Anonymous
posted: 10:19 am
TSHIFHIWA
ha vha vhatukana vha ya rwa yoo!!!he munna do nkhumbudza ro go ma lini u liwa AFURIKA TSHIPEMBE?ngoho MUDZIMU athi tsha zwidivha.
I RWA SUNDOWNS I RWA.
Anonymous
posted: 10:28 am
even if CHIEFS suppoters pray for JESUS to come back before sunday they will never chatch SUNDOWNS with points,we will always be above u...hahahahhahahahhahahaha hahhahahahahahaha,who is the KING?who is the CHAMP?who is on top of other?who is winning every game?who is the BEST in SA ?

yes CHIEFS suppoters u are right ,its the one and the only SUNDOWNS.
hahahahahaha hahahahahaha.
Anonymous
posted: 10:37 am
I am not suprised, Chiefs is a big bench mark brand. We are role models of manny clubs including SundCakes FC.
Anonymous
posted: 10:39 am
I am not suprised, Chiefs is a big bench mark brand. We are role models of manny clubs including SundCakes FC.
Anonymous
posted: 10:40 am
SAMUEL
alaborate please ,u arent suprise of what,is SUNDOWNS coursing memory trouble for u?
Anonymous
posted: 10:42 am
SAMUEL
explain really what we as CHAMPION of SA are we modeling from the last year super14 finalist?
Anonymous
posted: 10:46 am
When you "DR" comment about your club won't leave CHiefs out, that's not a good sportmanship my friend
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