Sundowns stutter against Aces
Posted: 8 April 2015 Time: 20:47
Mamelodi Sundowns stuttered against MP Black Aces after playing to a 1-1 draw in an Absa Premiership match at the Mbombela Stadium on Wednesday night.
Teko Modise opened the scoring for the Brazilians from the penalty spot before Onyekachi Okonkwo levelled matters for Aces.
The result sees Sundowns fail to fully capitalise and close the gap on league leaders Kaizer Chiefs. The Brazilians are now seven points adrift of the Amakhosi in second place, while the point sees Aces remain in 12th place.
The opening half produced plenty of drama, numerous goalmouth action, two penalties and two goals.
It was a slow start to the game with both sides being a little cagey in attack and wasting possession in the final third of the field.
The first decent chance of the game only came in the 20th minute when a solo run from Khama Billiat saw him drive into the box, but pulled his 16-yard shot inches wide of the post.
Ten minutes later Aces were awarded a penalty kick when Abia Nale was fouled inside the box by Ramahlwe Mphahlele.
Dino Ndlovu stepped up to take the spot-kick, but saw his effort saved by Sundowns keeper Denis Onyango.
In the 40th minute Sundowns were awarded lsoa penalty when the referee adjudged S'boniso Gumede to have fouled Hlompho Kekana inside the box.
Teko Modise stepped up for the Brazilians and made no mistake from the spot, 1-0.
Sundowns lead, however, was short-lived when Onyekachi Okonkwo levelled matters for the home side with a shot from the edge of the box just a minute before the break, 1-1.
The second half was not nearly as entertaining as the first half with neither side able to create clear cut chances in front of goal.
Sundowns saw the lion’s share of possession, but their decision making in the final third was poor and they could not find a way through the Aces defence.
Downs thought they had stolen victory in injury when Bongani Zungu found the back of the net, but the goal was not given because the referee adjudged the Sundowns man to have fouled the goalkeeper in the process.
HOME: Mpumalanga Black Aces
Coach: Jacob Sakala
Formation: four four two
AWAY: Mamelodi Sundowns
Coach: Pitso Mosimane
Formation: four two three one