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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...

young s (blame Willie Lynch)
posted: 2013-12-04 19:37:58

Well done to Aces,hard luck to us.i think langerman,modise,mweene and malajila need to be rested.malajila's first touch is terrible!!!he's always falling over when the ball reaches him,it's like he's got no brakes!

posted: 2013-12-04 19:38:01

No stress dawanas it futball these thngs happen it hapened 2 bucs last weekend so jst put ur heads up high I mean even barca lose bt that dznt mean ther r a bad team

posted: 2013-12-04 19:38:31

Wow...arrogant Pitso was brought DOWN to mother earth...together with his jealous DOWNS

posted: 2013-12-04 19:39:26

We lose 2 games in 11 matches and u say we blow hot and cold...

Nc nc nc

Fumigator {#Komphela Is A Spaza Shop Coach}
posted: 2013-12-04 19:39:48

Maluti FET is a small team, aces on the other hand is in the same league as your team. Until you and blabbermouth pitso realise that the better for motsepe.

posted: 2013-12-04 19:40:52

Pitsos line up ws nt gud nd I'm stil w8n 4 hm 2 gv thami sangweni a chance nd he mst mix hm with teko nd zungu in d middle

posted: 2013-12-04 19:41:46

Yah it serves this Pitso boi right after what he said in the last game showing a middle finger to swallows team. Sundowns derseverd to be beaten tonite. Now next week, Sundowns will pay an expensive school fees when they meet the defending champs.

young s (blame Willie Lynch)
posted: 2013-12-04 19:42:51

Well done to aces,hard luck to us!I think langerman,modise,mweene and malajila should be rested.malajila's first touch is terrible,and he's always falling over when the ball reaches him,it's like he's got no brakes!!!

posted: 2013-12-04 19:43:31

Dont forget to give credit to aces people, they played well tonite...

posted: 2013-12-04 19:43:33

THEY DESERVED to be beaten......congratulations ACES

Eyayapirates( tjokotja)
posted: 2013-12-04 19:43:38

Who deserved to be beaten now Pitso?

posted: 2013-12-04 19:44:37

How about we talk about clauses in contracts now, or is it not convenient now that we lost?

Eyayapirates( tjokotja)
posted: 2013-12-04 19:45:30


The Phefeni Boy®™
posted: 2013-12-04 19:46:54

Good results for Chiefs

Fasten your seat belts gentlemen.

What a game its going to be......Chiefs vs Sundown s.....

Gucci Man
posted: 2013-12-04 19:49:21

Black Ace coach Clive Barker’s after the match….his interview was

‘’To be honest , I didn’t see Sundowns beating us, we were strong , we missed so many chances . We did what we had to do because they’re on top of the log, but not in our home. But I knew that would happen , they were 1-0, what are they going to do’’ ?

‘’Buts its about time we sort Sundowns out , its about time, too much talk , but now the talk stops, its finished . They deserved to be beaten’’

posted: 2013-12-04 19:49:43

The Phefeni Boy KUZONYIWA BABA....Amakhosi will be at their best

The Phefeni Boy®™
posted: 2013-12-04 19:49:48

Amazayoni nabaFundisi

Clifford Ngobeni.....well done boi....keep working hard.......

Gucci Man
posted: 2013-12-04 19:51:20

The Phefeni Boy 

Zizokaka i-Atchaar lezi Khosi lami

Its about time we start fumigation now , remember once we stay on TOP of the log Khosi lami, they must forget about the leageu zonke leziwengu.

The Phefeni Boy®™
posted: 2013-12-04 19:51:59

Lol....holla Gucci lamaGucci.....Umnandi boss

posted: 2013-12-04 19:52:18

Gucci Man ha ha ..good one Baba.....they DESERVED to be beaten

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