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Mamelodi Sundowns vs Platinum Stars MTN8

Posted: 2 August 2014 Time: 14:43

Defending champions Platinum Stars are through to the MTN8 semi-finals after shocking big-spending Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1 at Loftus Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Dikwena were good value for the win, scoring first-half goals through Vuyo Mere and Ndumiso Mabena, with Teko Modise pulling one back late on.

Sundowns only fielded one of their new signings, with midfielder Lindokuhle Mbatha starting against his former team.

Stars had Mogakolodi Ngele on their bench - this after Sundowns announced his signing on their website yesterday, but then quickly removed the article.

Stars started well and got the opener on seven minutes when Tebogo Langerman brought down Mduduzi Nyanda in the area. Captain Mere made no mistake from the spot, slotting past Wayne Sandilands.

Eight minutes later and it was 2-0, with debutant Mabena getting his name on the score-sheet after receiving a pin-point pass from Robert Ng'ambi, getting goal-side of Langerman and shooting under the goalkeeper's body.

Downs should have been level on 24 minutes when Percy Tau got some space down the left and cut back a perfect cross to Anthony Laffor, but the lanky Liberian did not commit and the chance was lost.

The game was then held up for 11 minutes when a swarm of bees gathered around one of the effect microphones behind the goal, but it hardly stung the hosts into action.

Laffor did come close with a glancing header from Teko Modise's cross, but it remained 2-0 at the break.

The Brazilians should have been level straight from the kick-off when Mbatha found himself in acres of space on the six-yard line, but his curling effort with just the keeper to beat hit the outside of the post.

Mbatha again tested Siyabonga Mpontshane with a drive from distance, before the same player brilliantly set up Bongi Ntuli, whose cushioned shot was straight at the goalie.

Nyanda almost made sure of the result on 72 minutes when he found an inch of space and fired a curling effort which beat Sandilands, but not the upright.

Sundowns got a bizarre lifeline in the dying seconds when Modise chipped a ball into the area towards Ntuli. It missed everyone and trickled into the net, but the League champions were unable to get a second to take the game into extra-time.

HOME: Mamelodi Sundowns

Coach: Pitso Mosimane
Formation: four three three

AWAY: Platinum Stars

Coach: Allen Freese
Formation: four three three

Livefyre comments on this story...

Jay Bee
posted: 2014-08-02 13:23:16

Now they gonna buy Mabena and loan him back! He he he

muhyo1
posted: 2014-08-02 13:24:11

Hahahjhhahaha is this gama alive or repeat?? I see 23mins stars2 and dunusa nill!!!

Bobby & Steve must futsek! Tumour
posted: 2014-08-02 13:25:04

Pity they cant put all their 70 at once, it's 11 against 11

Donald Duck
posted: 2014-08-02 13:25:25

Someone is sabotaging us, but I have to say whoever advised this lad has a point, Baxter likes golden oldies who are underperfoming, our young players never get a chance

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Goal has learnt that midfielder Thabo Qalinge is not too happy about joining Orlando Pirates as he wanted a move to Kaizer Chiefs instead.

The Soweto-born player's move to the Buccaneers was confirmed earlier this week despite huge interest from his childhood club, Chiefs.

A source close to Qalinge told Goal that the 22-year-old speedy attacker is rather disappointed that his dream of playing for Chiefs has been shattered.

"Section always wanted to play for Chiefs and he wanted to join them now. Unfortunately, he was told he's moving to Pirates and that didn't sit well with him," the source told Goal.

According to our source, Qalinge was advised to sign for Pirates to better his chances of playing regular football, as Chiefs often don't believe in young talent.

"He was excited when he heard that Chiefs want him, but he was apparently advised not to go there, because they don't believe in using young players.

"It is believed that he has better chances of playing at Pirates than at Chiefs, but Section doesn't think so," added the source.

Professor_
posted: 2014-08-02 13:25:32

This Tau boy is a marvel..I hope mashaba is watching

BLACKRIDGE
posted: 2014-08-02 13:26:00

Stars must kill these things

HOLA_DOWNS
posted: 2014-08-02 13:29:49

We still warming up..

sdumo1974
posted: 2014-08-02 13:30:15

Money can't buy success

ZurichMS
posted: 2014-08-02 13:30:40

Too early to get excited

MthokozisiNhlaloNcube
posted: 2014-08-02 13:30:42

bathathe mbhuduma

Magesh Galo
posted: 2014-08-02 13:32:39

Pity it is his last game today

Professor_
posted: 2014-08-02 13:33:04

yerr those bees

Professor_
posted: 2014-08-02 13:33:28

where is he going?

HOLA_DOWNS
posted: 2014-08-02 13:34:03

Who is a thing wena, watch your language

Boknight Ratanda bucs
posted: 2014-08-02 13:34:36

Now they've sent bees to help them LOL

PathologyFc
posted: 2014-08-02 13:35:13

Only one of the many kama new signings hahaha editor is a zebra

HOLA_DOWNS
posted: 2014-08-02 13:35:52

Underhand tactics was used to sign this player

Magesh Galo
posted: 2014-08-02 13:36:08

Bench and grand stands

Liqhame
posted: 2014-08-02 13:36:28

Magna scored! Good riddance from Pirates though

sdumo1974
posted: 2014-08-02 13:38:55

Dikwena and bees against sundowns

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