Downs Beat Ajax to go Four Clear

Mamelodi Sundowns scored two goals in two minutes to move four points clear atop the Absa Premiership standings, following a 2-1 win over Ajax Cape Town at Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Fagie Lakay opened the scoring for the hosts, but goals from Ricardo Nascimento and Sibusiso Vilakazi before the break sealed all three points for the visitors.

Following a rather cagey start in the Mother City where the Brazilians dominated possession without any real threat, the Urban Warriors hit the front against the run of play.

As they did on Friday evening, Muhsin Ertugral’s troops were first to find the back of the net as Lakay held off his marker before firing past Denis Onyango in the 26th minute for his maiden Ajax Cape Town goal.

The early setback kicked the Brazilians into gear and following a few warning shots, Pitso Mosimane’s men restored parity.

Nascimento made no mistake from the spot following a handball in the area, and it was one-all with with 37 minutes on the clock.

Brandon Petersen did superbly well to keep out Oupa Manyisa and Percy Tau in quick succession leading up to Sundowns’ first, but he could do nothing as the burly defender found the bottom right corner.

The Brazilians duly edged in front two minutes later as Vilakazi latched onto Tau’s cross to send the travelling supporters in delirium. Sundowns successfully coming from behind to hold a 2-1 lead at the interval.

Sundowns used up an early lifeline soon after the break as Lakay fired over from close range three minutes into the second half.

The Urban Warriors looked a better team and pushed men forward in attack, but this opened space for the visitors on the counter.

Tau was a constant threat and having weaved his way past Mario Booysen the forward looked sure to score, but he could only send his attempt wide of goal in the 55th minute.

At the other end of the pitch, Lakay was proving a real handful and having lost his marker once more, the lively attacker could only succeed in dragging his shot off target.

Sundowns’ experience paid dividends in the end as they successfully navigated through the final exchanges of the clash to move four points clear of Cape Town City.

The Urban Warriors remain in 15th spot on the log standings and in serious danger.

Ajax Cape Town (1) 1 (Lakay 26′)

Mamelodi Sundowns (2) 2 (Nascimento 37′ Vilakazi 39′)

Ajax Cape Town: Petersen; Lebusa, Booysen, Nhlapo, Kammies – Malepe, Kabwe (Takwara 46′), Losper (Phohlongo 61′) – Julies, Morris, Lakay (Thabotha 74′).

Mamelodi Sundowns: Onyango; Langerman, Nascimento, Madisha, Morena (S.Zwane 83′) – Manyisa, Mabunda, Kekana, T.Zwane – Vilakazi (Makgalwa 74′), Tau (Arendse 90+2′).

32 Responses
  1. Asnath Phaahla

    Why sundowns is not on other social media platform like, we chat, snap chat,etc, who is sundowns energy drink /water sponsor, why onyango was wearing addidas tights not puma? it looks unprofessional.

    1. Lamamelodi

      I undastand your frustration member,I use to ask myself the same question,but I am “partly” answered now.
      First of all,in the last two to three games Downs played,the absence of Billiat is evident when coming to taking chances around the box.Secondly,as Sundowns family we now operating with a squad of less than 25 players of which some haven’t adopted with the team’s style of play.Here I can give Zakri as one of the example.I still struggle undastand the type of a game the guy is playing.Thirdly,the likes of Laffor,Lebese,Zwane(the defender) still struggle to play 90 minutes on the day,but still these are some of key players currently we rely on.

      I was at Peter Mokaba when we get walloped by Polokwane City.It was a hell of a day seeing those guys missing so many chances.You tend to ask yourself what is it that they practice at their training that they can’t implement on the day of the game.As for Kekana,Mabunda (our midfielders),while I am not taking anything away from them,for me they seem tired as if we just finished with CAF playoffs but in the contrary we are just starting.I hope we win at least four to five games in the remaining PSL fixture,otherwise I forsee danger with African champion games around the corner

      Sour pill to swallow

  2. Paul

    Langeman’s crosses were so poor , if downs was coached by my former coach he could have been substituted and miss many games to come. otherwise we welcome the win.

      1. futbal fan

        His problem at times is decision making. Taking a hard shot at goal seems difficult for him, instead he prefers floating slow crosses into the 18th area. Floating slow crosses into the 18th area makes life easier for the defending team. At times one has to hit the ball hard across the goal mouth to that a touch on the ball can result in a goal.

        I don’t think he’s better than Harchi, he only happens to be the coach’s favourite.

        Can our team also work on taking set pieces including corner kicks. It embarrasses me most when Tau fights with Manyisa to take a dead ball on the left hand side of the pitch where my expectation is that Manyisa is the best option.

  3. Dennelson

    Well done boys but we missing lot of chances and if we get a club that is more hungrier that us , we would be punished severely. Good luck next game

    1. Lamamelodi

      not gonna be a walk in a park though.For me draw can only be our win,given the manner our players have been playing lately.

  4. Kagiso Jafta

    Well done Brazilians, the same commitment and mentality will see us succeed. Lets get hungrier to win. You have our support boys and the entire technical and admin team.

  5. Jabu Shakes

    Xoli Mlambo is a jam go for him as I said on FB long time ago, I also like Hlanti on the left side.

    Good luck on new players.

  6. Skhumbs

    What kind of a game is Langerman playing? His game was so poor against Polokwane and Ajax. He just kicks the ball into opposition’s penalty aimlessly. I will be disappointed to see him starting the next game

  7. bucks

    We needed this win badly and indeed the good play doesnt help at times. But Langerman need to warm the bench. The guy is not helping the team at all and I hope if he is rested he will come back stronger. This will send a message to all players that if you do not perform you cannot be in the team. Pitso is not managing the team well. Lebese did well in the game against Polokwanr but he was substituted for reasons known to Pitso himself. Farez Hachi and Zakri must be given chances as well. Tau is over used and he is no longer giving us the desired results

  8. Shingirayi Zimunya

    I really think its time that players like Langerman, Tau and Zwane lnow thaat they can also be benched, in as much as players have off days, I have noticed that Langerman is now slow and tired, our midfield is also lethargic, Kekana needs a rest. The coach must trust our young players, look at how well Makgalwa played in the few minutes he was on the pitch. We need to rotate our players. No player should feel entitled to a jersey. They must work hard for it and earn it. I am still angry about how we threw away a chance to lead by over 7 points after losing the game to Polokwane City. Champions must be ruthless and unrelenting. I also read Mushin Ertugral’s on South African players and the style of football and how our players don’t make it overseas, to a certain extend I agree with him. We over praise our players and we make excuses for them when they are playing rubbish. This is why when they go overseas, they fail to make it because we treat them with kid’s gloves. I say this regarding Tau, no doubt he is a star, but i feel like he is getting big-headed. I often watch replays of our matches just to see our faults or our strengths. I have noticed how he never lifts his head to determine whether he has options to pass to once he gets in the box. So many times another player is open and has more space than him but he doesn’t bother to pass. I have also noticed how he only looks for Zwane, maybe they want to be as famous as CBD but remember how CBD was never selfish and they created chances for others. So we need to provide guidance to our Tau whom we all love.
    We shall overcome!!!

  9. ayanda sithole

    I was at CT Stadium on Tuesday, my observations were as follows: our defence has been shaky since Soumahoro’s injury but as soon as Nascimento gains fitness we should be okay and the left back is a problem Langerman is tired. our midfield partnership of Kekana and mabunda seems to be tired too, Manyisa was suppose to be the man of the match he was outstanding hopefully he has regained his form, upfront I like the idea of playing 2 number 10’s in Villa and Zwane it confuses the opponents but there’s too much weight of Tau’s shoulders with the addition of Ngoma will help to reduce the over use of Tau. I hope and wish the 3 signings the coach is talking about is Jeremy Brocky, Xola Mlambo and Katlego Otladisa

  10. I heard that Khama is going to sign for Chiefs, my worry is tthat Molangoana scared him so much that he is joining him.ja they say if you can’t beat them then join them.i was angry the way Khama was targeted on that day hoping that he will pay revenge one day but it seems like he chickened out. I remember the commitments of playets like The General and Raphael Chukwu players that wrte committed to the yeam.

  11. Mzimela

    Langerman doesnot deserve to be proffesional player he cannot control ball he just kick without direction Fares much better than him unfortunate is coache favourite

  12. Sam-4-Downz

    Weldone boys, lets be honest, we escaped! Actually we’re not supposed to win that game. Our performance was like powerlines fc performance. With the baccuneers there will be no luck, like in the reverse fixture. We need to earn our wins not depend on luck like amateur teams.

  13. Mphetshwa M

    We r seeing a little bit of change on how we entering the website lets hope the change is forever best.Let us hope again someone who was employed at maintainance or responsible for the upgrading of broken assets &including buildings will see now that it is high time to ugrade&do some renovations at Chloorkop.Sundowns is a great team it shud b reflecting like one,on&off the field including its premises should b world class&yet we r still to see that.

  14. Mphetshwa M

    My biggest fear is the issue of bringing Brockie at Sundowns I’ll be very disappointed if ever the club decides to enrich Supersport United as is always the norm of splashing extraordinary fees for ordinary players.We r still to see why Sundowns wasted 10 millions Rands on Vilakazi. But as usual Pitso will continue to bring short term solutions with old players.I mean Brockie is more than 30 years now.Whats the difference btwn him&Castro.Ntuli who is at Platinum Stars can do a better job than this Madala.I was just asking myself at the start of the season why would Pitso not trust Makgalwa who was groomed and knows the ropes at Sundowns better than Lebese,but no give Pitso a horse he is going to choose a donkey.Give Pitso a Ferrari he’ll choose a Corolla & he will try to convince that he dd the right thing though he knows that he made a blunder &fumbled.

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