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Nyasha Mushekwi brace downs Moroka Swallows

Posted: 28 August 2010 Time: 22:32

A brace by Nyasha Mushekwi gave Mamelodi Sundowns a 2-0 win against Moroka Swallows in a League match on Saturday night.

After a goalless first half, Sundowns coach Antonio Habbas Lopez’s move to bring on Surprise Moriri and Mushekwi proved to be just the tonic as last season’s runners up in the league were able to power their way to the three points on offer.

Sundowns certainly enjoyed more of the possession during the early exchanges but they were unable to string together any meaningful raids to test Aubrey Mathibe in the Swallows goal.

All the Brazilians were able to muster was a wayward strike from striker Richard Henyekane from about 25 metres away in the 14th minute. Lebohang Mokoena was more accurate a few minutes later but his snap shot during a set-piece flew straight to Mathibe.

Apart from two attempts in quick succession by Swallows near the halfway stage of the first half, Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Calvin Marlin was a spectator for much of the first half.

Last season’s leading goal scorer, Katlego Mphela, had a perfect opportunity to open his account for the 2010/11 season, but unfortunately for Sundowns the normally deadly marksman steered a routine header off target after being expertly located by a Vuyo Mere cross just after the half-hour mark.

Lebohang Mokoena, operating on the right flank for Sundowns, threaded a teasing cross into the Birds penalty area in the 37th minute but Mphela was unable to make contact with his outstretched boot from close range.

Just before the interval, Mokoena should have opened the score for his side when he had clear sight of Mathibe’s goal. Instead, he decided to play a pass to Franklin Cale who was not on the same wavelength and thus the opportunity was wasted.

Shortly after the break, Sundowns midfield work-horse, Matthew Pattison drilled a trademark thumping drive from distance which Mathibe was able to divert to safety.

Sundowns had a legitimate claim for a penalty in the 51st minute when defender Ashraf Hendricks brought down Moriri, but referee Harry Lekhilane turned away vehement appeals from a few Brazilian players.

Sundowns continued to direct threatening raids at the Swallows goals but Mathibe continued to thwart their endeavours. His interventions in the 55th minute to deny the efforts of Innocent Mdledle and Moriri were out of the top draw.

However, Mushekwi who came on for the ineffective Franklin Cale in the second half, had the beating of Mathibe with his clinical strikes.

The Zimbabwean Rose majestically to head Pattison’s corner in the 74th minute and then he followed that up with a thunderous strike from a tight angle in the 86th minute after yet another assist from Pattison.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:37 pm
Mushekwi the man. I already made u top goal scorer for this season.
posted: 10:38 pm
mushweki mushweki! what a gem. after a long time i've seen some commitment from the boys. their passing was absolutely wonderful. pattison, ayi mfana jealous down you deserve to play for Bafana bafana. even a blind person can c u r great.
it feels good 2 b a brazilian
posted: 10:43 pm
YELO 2010/2011...YELO 1 WAY 2 DA SKY.
posted: 10:45 pm
Shapa bafana ba style shapaa... Clean victory no but!
posted: 10:52 pm
Well done Downs we have more work ahead. Shapa Downs Shapa!
posted: 11:42 pm
shapa yellow
posted: 02:52 am
Bafana bastyle!welcum mushekwi!da general,principal Pattison,what a midfielder!gud start masandawana!
posted: 03:08 am
Mushekwi "milkshake" the leading goal score feel at home.
posted: 03:23 am
thats our boy.
posted: 06:44 am
sundowns wil be trophy less at the end of da season done.
posted: 06:56 am
I said it last week, Mushweki is the real deal, no need to keep Mphela at all costs. Mathew Pattison has once again exposed Pitso, that boy is the best in mzantsi!
posted: 07:12 am
You havent seen anything yet 4rom the guyr 4rom Zim , wait until Method starts playing.
posted: 07:16 am
Downs will win the leage if they contineu to play like this and mathew pittason is going to be the thorn this season
posted: 07:19 am
Whoever scouted for Mushweki, i salute, no Wonder bobsteak was crying, that boy is fine!
posted: 10:44 am
Mushweki keeps scoring against Swallows,since playing for Makepekepe!The Swallows keeper should be registering all these goals coz Mushweki is having a party in front of his goal posts.
posted: 11:50 am
posted: 12:06 pm
well done boyz
posted: 12:13 pm
Yeah right track for now - I hope you won't be on the wrong track(oncoming traffic lane) as time goes on.

By the way explain ZimPlayers issue cause when chiefs acquire them - names like Natulawayo, ZimChips pop up. has there been any at ChlorineKop yet?
posted: 02:42 pm
Lol...ZimDows. Mushekwi my boy.... U joined da wrong team as ul end ds czn wit no medal 2 show mugabe dat u wrkin e mzansi
posted: 02:59 pm
ai its jus da start he is gng 2 burn out soon jus like any ada player stolen 4m chiefs, where is mthembu?
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