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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...

The Phefeni Boy®™
posted: 2013-12-04 19:53:18

Hehehe. ...I cant wait

posted: 2013-12-04 19:53:46

Aces is a small and will remain a small team. Small teams do win you know. The fact that they beat us does not disqualify them from being a small team

Gucci Man
posted: 2013-12-04 19:54:39

The Phefeni Boy 

Ngimjojo Glamour Boy...fede wena ugrand ?

posted: 2013-12-04 19:54:44

We are bound to loose some matches. Well done Amaziyoni!

posted: 2013-12-04 19:54:47

Dunusa wl win easily against d zoo

posted: 2013-12-04 19:55:07

These small teams are just a nuisance...their target for the whole season is to beat the big 3.But when they play against each other they display a dull football.Not long ago Aces and Ajax played to a goalless draw without a shot at target.But I want Chiefs to add salt to Sundowns' wounds to frustrate Pitso.

The Phefeni Boy®™
posted: 2013-12-04 19:55:21

Tops thokozile

posted: 2013-12-04 19:56:13

Zoo wl nt beat sundowns I cn bet wth my last cent mxm hw cn u win wth 7 defenders cz dt wat d cv chef wl do

Gucci Man
posted: 2013-12-04 19:56:37

The Phefeni Boy They gonna start talking aout marathon in full swing, sprint in full swing yamasimba.

Just worried about the rumours regarding uMajoro, will be dissapointed if Chiefs release him.

posted: 2013-12-04 19:57:44

bucs4PG Mara we beat Aces,who beat Downs and certainly can beat the rats

posted: 2013-12-04 19:58:25

Jurist23 JA ...Pitso is damn arrogant....he insulted Swallows, our neighbours....now its up to us to show him what AMAKHOSI are made of

Back Page
posted: 2013-12-04 19:59:01

I thought this was a practice for game against Chiefs ja nee simply one things are bit though

posted: 2013-12-04 20:00:14

Hambo lala wena awlaz ibhol ur lost 2 ajax school kids while ther were writting exams mxm,do u trst ur coach?

posted: 2013-12-04 20:00:21

Shock Results. Well done Cliff Mulenga my hommie!

posted: 2013-12-04 20:01:16

The Almighty cares for the righteous people. Sundowns Pitso and Mweene were punished for their thuggish behaviour on Saturday. What is good for the geese is good for the gander. This is not good enough punishment though. Amakhosi must inflict more pain next week.

posted: 2013-12-04 20:04:02

Who r the zoo fans supporting chimpazees or all dteams dt plays bucs nd dunusa?

posted: 2013-12-04 20:04:08

With due respect to sundowns fans I still stick to my guts...Pitso doesn't have what it takes to win the league!! He seems to be wanting to prove a point(his comments after swallows game) instead of plotting the opposite teams weaknesses and capitalise on them....I've said this and I'm still gonna say it Pitso is weakest link at sundowns

posted: 2013-12-04 20:05:49

bucs4PG you ask HOW we won....but the anser is right there in your stupid question...but we won with 4 defenders ...4 midfielders and 2 strikers.....that's how we won.....try it with your 7 RATS

posted: 2013-12-04 20:07:25

wt a boaring sa soccer

posted: 2013-12-04 20:07:43

Gucci Man The Phefeni Boy MAJORO stays....take it from me

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