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Mamelodi Sundowns Mpumalanga Black Aces PSL

Posted: 16 April 2014 Time: 21:35

Mamelodi Sundowns maintained their lead at the top of the standings after a 1-0 win against Mpumalanga Black Aces at Loftus Stadium.

Elias Pelembe scored the winner early on as the Brazilians dominated proceedings against an Aces team devoid of five regulars owing to suspension and loan agreements.

Sundowns came flying out for the blocks and dominated for most of the first half.

Surprise Moriri had a chance after just two minutes when he was played in, but a poor first touch allowed Jackson Mabokgwane to rush out and thwart the danger.

Thabo Nthethe had a free header which the goalie saved at the second attempt soon after, but the goal did come on eight minutes.

Some good build-up play saw the ball find Tebogo Langerman on the left, and his cross was perfect for Pelembe, who made no mistake with the header.

There was insult added to injury soon afterwards when Mabokgwane was forced off with an ankle injury, to be replaced by eventual Man of the Match Bafana Nhlapo.

Sundowns continued to push forward but found the replacement in fine form. He first denied Teko Modise’s rocket with a one-handed save, before Nthethe’s header from the resultant corner was cleared off the line.

Modise then had a free-kick rattle the crossbar before Aces had their first shot at target, a wayward effort from Sandile Zuke on 34 minutes.

But for all the Sundowns pressure, it was Aces who almost scored just before the break. Mabhuti Khenyeza flicked the ball to Clifford Ngobeni, but Kennedy Mweene produced a world-class save down to his right to keep the lead intact.

The Brazilians continued to press after the break as Dove Wome and Hlompo Kekena came close with free-kicks, while Schut had his header cleared off the line by Thabang Rooi.

Nhlapo them came up with more magic to deny Rodney Ramagalela a wonder-goal, before saving a point-blank header from Schut.

However, it could all have ended in tears for Downs when a rare lapse at the back allowed Eddie Ngalo a free header on the six-yard box, but the effort went inches over.

So it is as you were in the standing, with Sundowns leading Chiefs by three points, but with the latter having a game in hand.

Livefyre comments on this story...

Dee FanatiK
posted: 2014-04-17 06:41:47

I think He should move him behind strikers... He's very good @ shooting not crossing the ball

posted: 2014-04-17 07:49:39

44passes sandawana187  NO sky I dont want to really compare my players cos they have different strenghts but I think he was developed properly,his 1st touch is brilliant,his passing is great and his finishing is brilliant.I just want to see him playing with passion,dribbling,creating,scoring,defending the whole 90 minutes becos he is young,being substituted on 56 minutes is a big dissapointment for me

posted: 2014-04-17 07:52:57

Dee FanatiK  I think our coach sometimes play our boys in wrong positions,Zungu for instance is defending more than attacking which reduces his ability,same as Wome who must play behind Moriri or Malajila,I also miss Byce Moon his runs and crosses are missed on that flank 

Bad News
posted: 2014-04-17 08:06:22

sandawana187 :I am 100% with you broer when talking about Wome. I wonder what our coach thiks about this to the extent of playing OLD HORSES like Nyandoro.


Over and Out!

Dee FanatiK
posted: 2014-04-17 09:23:58

@sandawana 187, i think the quality we have confuses Pitso @ time... I still dnt understand why He prefer Langerman over Masenamela.. why dnt he try to push Mzi Mashaba forward & play Langerman/Masenamela on the left back... he once or twice play Zungu as a winger. Just my opinion yellow family.. So far I'm happy with the points we've collected. We stand a very good chance of winning this league. KBY!

posted: 2014-04-17 12:24:37

Tzozo Point of correction six points not three.

posted: 2014-04-17 12:30:45

Aboutrigger the Rat Killer Your team doesn't have quality players to loan out and  no rule prohibits you to exercise the same loan agreement. wake up and smell coffee.

posted: 2014-04-17 12:32:52

Kabo yellow more and more.

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