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Mpumalanga Black Aces Mamelodi Sundowns PSL match

Posted: 4 December 2013 Time: 19:13

Mpumalanga Black Aces shocked log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 in their League match at Mbombela Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Brazilians had come into the fixture in fine form and leading the standings, but were undone by an early goal scored by Clifford Mulenga – in for the injured Mabhuti Khenyeza – and the brilliance of Aces goalie Bafana Nhlapo.

The presence of Downs playmaker Khama Billiat due to injury was also clear for all to see, with his replacement Esrom Nyandoro not the creative force that his countryman is.

The match started at a frantic pace as Ofentse Nato headed Omar Hendricks’ free-kick over the bar early on, before Cuthbert Malajila stung the palms of Nhlapo with a stinging drive which the goalie did well to parry to safety.

Sundowns were dominating possession in the early stages, but against the run of play the hosts scored the opener. They broke from the back and the ball fell to Thabo Qalinge, who chipped over a defender before brilliantly releasing Mulenga, who side-footed past Kennedy Mweene.

Mulenga almost had another a minute later. The Zambian ran at Alje Schut and created the smallest of openings, allowing him to fire in a shot which hit the upright before falling to Mweene.

After that it was all Sundowns though as they attacked like a tsunami, only to be denied by Nhlapo – and some poor finishing.

Teko Modise played a clever ball to Malajila who, rather than have a shot, opted to square to Katlego Mashego, who took too long and was closed down by OJ Mabizela.

Mashego almost made amends for that on 18 minutes when he beat two players down the left and took a shot from a tight angle, but Nhlapo was again up to the challenge.

The goalie had a rare lapse in concentration when he came out for a corner-kick and missed, but Rashid Sumaila and Schut collided at the back-post and the chance was lost. The captain was also replaced at half-time as a result.

Mabizela almost put the ball past his own keeper on the half-hour mark when Modise’s freekick went off his head and drifted inches wide, before Tebogo Langerman fired straight at the keeper after a nice one-two on the edge of the area.

Sumaila had two more chance just before the break, but a rocket shot was parried to safety and another trickled past the upright.

Aces did a better job of containing the visitors after the break, though Modise came close to levelling matters on the hour-mark with a piledriver from 30 yards out – but again Nhlapo was up to the challenge.

Langerman also missed a gilt-edged chance on 70 minutes when Bryce Moon’s cross found him unmarked inside the area, but his touch was woeful and the chance was lost.

Sundowns kept dominating and asking all the questions, but without really creating another chance which would have worried Nhlapo.

In the end the Clive Barker’s men hung on for the famous win – one which moves them up to ninth place. Downs maintain their lead at the top though, but Pitso Mosimane will be kicking himself for an opportunity lost to extend their lead.


Livefyre comments on this story...

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posted: 2013-12-04 17:23:17

Hai there we go Pitso forgetting name of his player

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posted: 2013-12-04 17:26:16

How do you forget your player's name mara Pitso are they that many to a point of forgetting their names?

Silver Line KBY
posted: 2013-12-04 17:30:21

I see a danger man Pelembe on the bench, wow. That's good preparation for next week game against the zebras. A much anticipated game which I'm expecting mighty Downs to collect 3 points.

posted: 2013-12-04 17:31:36

Aces shut this downs up

posted: 2013-12-04 17:48:47

Eddie Ngalo #22 what a player !

Another Xhosa man, real man.

posted: 2013-12-04 17:55:39

Whts they the point of preparing for chiefs loosing tonight game?

posted: 2013-12-04 19:00:28

Its still early this is football guys but I so wish aces win this match

posted: 2013-12-04 19:01:34

My point exactly Sydney1. Why would you wanna lose to this small team and want to beat the mighty Amakhosi? Its pointless to do such because its only 3 points which ever way you see it, and the better you get them today the furthest you gonna get when you meet Chiefs

posted: 2013-12-04 19:13:16

Too many incomlete pass what's happening guys

posted: 2013-12-04 19:13:23

out of all coaches Pitso is the most annoying one ngathi mfazi nx!

posted: 2013-12-04 19:23:08

These smallteams are really slowing us down. But a good game from aces.well done to them. Kby i remain

Silver Line KBY
posted: 2013-12-04 19:29:29

well, disappointed by the way.

posted: 2013-12-04 19:31:14

From de Yellow Nation, u gave it yo all boys but it wsnt to b. I saw a committed Sundowns today. S for Aces, ucertainly hd n Ace up yo ssleeves. Well done. Yellow I remain.

EL Kampion_Manyisa deserves jersey no 10
posted: 2013-12-04 19:32:17

....sinks, cups not forgetting "hey"....

posted: 2013-12-04 19:34:19

Sundowns supporters were saying they were going to collect three points from Aces and the rest is history

Apostle Peter
posted: 2013-12-04 19:34:32

This team is a joke, blowing hot and cold! As for their coach its reli embarassing to have an image of immature OLD man behaving like a toddler, Pitso is reli annoying and stupid!

Now its time for Amakhosi to crush this fake of clowns and top the log!

posted: 2013-12-04 19:35:48

This Downs with their immature coach are blowing hot and cold. Mara what kind of coach belittles fellow professionals? I've lost the little respect I had for Pitso. What did he mean when he said "we have to put Swallows in their place. They deserved to be beaten"? Implying that Swallows are not at the same level as they are and all that jazz. Sies! First he cost us a sport in the world cup and now he's too big-headed for our game. He does not deserve to work in our football. Sies man!!! 

Shapa leKhosi shapaaa!!

Up the Bucs!!!

posted: 2013-12-04 19:36:20

U know this is every year story with my team Downs,when this gonna end?Pitso we got players that any coach can b happy to have in his team mara U and ur team guys u disappointing us,the Downs family

Fumigator {#Komphela Is A Spaza Shop Coach}
posted: 2013-12-04 19:36:58

And Clive Barker said: "This clowns team is just full of superstar wannabes. We moered them good, they deserved to be moered".

K.I.C (Khosiologyst)
posted: 2013-12-04 19:37:46

If this Christmas Reindeer Called Jingles deploy the tactics he deployed today....he's gonna make Coach Baxter look like Pep Guardiola...hehehe

"We went,and went, went further, threw cups and kitchens,we are also team like Barcelona,Real Madrid and Man United...".....this clown never sees to amaze me,pitty maJackett also lost to Wits.

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