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Mamelodi Sundowns win at last against Bloemfontein Celtic

Posted: 25 November 2012 Time: 17:32

A solitary goal from Richard Henyekane handed Mamelodi Sundowns a much needed win over Bloemfontein Celtic on Sunday.

Both coaches sent out a team of second stringers with an eye on next weekend's Telkom Knockout Final in Durban, and the move paid off for Downs at least, who got their first League win in 10 matches – since the opening day of the season.

The three points mean the Tshwane side leapfrog AmaZulu into 15th place.

On 22 minutes Mduduzi Nyanda sent a great through-ball through to Vuyani Ntanga on the edge of the box, and the attacker had a shot with his left foot, but Wayne Sandilands was up to the task.

On half an hour the Brazilians had their first chance, when Samuel Julies controlled well to find space outside the box, but his left-footed strike was saved clumsily by Patrick Tignyemb. 

Three minutes later Sandilands was again called into action when Jacky Motshegwa hit a curling shot from the edge of the box, but the keeper did well to get down and save.

Three minutes later Downs took the lead through a fantastic exhibition of route one football.

Julies sent up a long ball from near the halfway line and Henyekane outsprinted his markers and slotted home with a right footed shot from the left, beyond Tignyemb. It was a great first touch and calm finish from the former Golden Arrows man.

In the 75th minute Lennox Bacela had the chance to equalise, but missed the target after some good build-up work by Phunya Sele Sele.

Downs could have got another five minutes from time, when Eleazar Rodgers dispossessed Ntanga and sent a ball to Henyekane on the left, who beat Itumeleng Duiker for pace, but there was no one on the far end to slot home.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 05:36 pm
Good for them. Strange they won with less expensive and unused players! Maybe this is the way to go. I wish them luck to survive the hardships of the PSL.

Geel boy
posted: 05:38 pm
And the buldozer engine gets started, i pity whoesover we find on the way
posted: 05:43 pm
Holaaaa Marikane fc holaaaaaaaa
posted: 05:45 pm
Maybe this is a sign, that the so called star players are the real downfall at Sundows. I hope the coach will carefully analyze this game and the players that played today.
Marop wa le Downs
posted: 05:56 pm
Middendorp was right. Big name players are useless. Look @ Julies, Henyekane and Zwane. They did so well, never gave up. They did well, its good that Laffor and pelembe were kept out. That schut hog plays well but always makes that mistake, thay crucial mistake. Henyekane has done enough to start next week in the final.
posted: 06:02 pm
Ha ha. A full report to follow after 30 minutes. Why?? Because the editor is still busy copying and editing the match report and analysis from the likes of Laduma.
posted: 06:05 pm
Our players did wel indeed.I jst wish we may continue using dyz players & leave out al our stars who dnt cme to party when ever dey play.Henyekane,Jilies,Kekana & Zwane show da character & rily fight for our team.
posted: 06:08 pm
Sundowns made 7 changes. Mpela and Cheeseboy are out injured. Yet they managed to win. It just shows that Sundowns has greater depth than 4-4-2 transition tortoises who have absolutely no depth. When Yeye is absent they lose. I know Sundowns are gonna win more games now and they will rise to second spot where they belong.

Well done Madawana.

Since 1937
posted: 06:09 pm
By the time Marabastad FC secure the top 8 position the Mighty Amakhosi will have secured the league championship while Chibuku FC will be fighting it out with the likes of MU and Platinum Stars for the second position.
posted: 06:16 pm
Be wise mr drunkard and start using this squad....atleast they sho commitment
posted: 06:17 pm
I don't understand why people are getting excited about today's starting line up. At this point, for Sundowns the TKO cup is more important. That's why they made so many changes to their starting line up and gave non-regulars a run. Neeskens doesn't want to be predictable going into the final. It is easy to be predictable teams because you know the players who will start, their formation, and the type of football they'll be playing. So you have a week to work on a counter strategy. Why do you think it was so easy for Platinum stars to skin the Zebras. Neesens wants to win the TKO cup and today was just a start of the build up towards the final. Farouk Khan cannot even study today's game to search for Sundowns weaknesses but Neeskens has the privileges of studying this game and look for areas which they capitalize on.

I'm a Buccaneer since I was a child
posted: 06:19 pm
Sunflops fans will start to talk too much jst after one lousy lame win.........UP DA BUCS
posted: 07:05 pm
Well done Sandawana, now clinch the TKO I'm fully behind you.
UP THE BUCS #OnceAlways
posted: 07:36 pm
By the time Marabastad FC secure the top 8 position the Mighty Amakhosi will have secured the league championship while Chibuku FC will be fighting it out with the likes of MU and Platinum Stars for the second position.
Tortoises FC always beat the team that fights for the first position with Bucs, this season is no different. Up The Bucs...
posted: 08:15 pm
so sundowns played without a keeper, nice perform boys
2nd Star Washelela
posted: 08:35 pm
Hhay bo! Is this what the bench does to peopole? This person on the picture looks like my grandfather. How old is this man?
posted: 09:30 pm
Geel boyposted: 05:38 pm | Report
And the buldozer engine gets started, i pity whoesover we find on the way

One swallow doesnt make rain.

welldone sundowns nonetheless, we tired of after tears.
posted: 09:42 pm
a win at last indeed!! well done to the boys.
posted: 07:11 am
i still say our coach must go. downs for life.
posted: 07:41 am
I am so happy for Downs.

We need competition and we are strongly of the view that they are the ones together with SSU and Swai Swai who can offer us (OPFC) just that. I so wish that going forward they can win their matches so that they can work their way up the ladder.
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