Sundowns Edge Cape Town All Stars

Mamelodi Sundowns edged out Cape Town All Stars 1-0 in the Nedbank Cup Last 32 match at the Athlone Stadium on Friday night.

As a result, the Brazilians advanced to the Last 16, while Igugu Lekapa bowed out of the lucrative competition.

The Cup match got off to a lively start as Igugu Lekapa and the Brazilians both launched attacks in search of an early goal.

Ruzaigh Gamildien forced Sundowns goalkeeper Razak Brimah into a save, before Percy Tau’s effort from a deadball situation was saved by Stars shot-stopper Ludwe Mpakumpaku

Stars, who are campaigning in the National First Division (NFD), had dominated possession in the opening stages of the game, but Sundowns grew in confidence as the match progressed.

New Sundowns left-back Siyabonga Zulu set-up Percy Tau, whose long-range effort was deflected out for a corner-kick as the half-hour mark approached.

Zulu, who joined the 2016 Caf Champions League winners from Platinum Stars last month, then tried his luck from range, but his shot went wide of the target without troubling Mpakumpaku.

The hosts stood firm at the back and the match referee blew the halftime whistle and the score was 0-0 at the interval between Stars and Sundowns.

Igugu Lekapa was the better side after the restart and they should have broken the deadlock three minutes after the restart, but Lucky Setelele missed the target from close range.

Ntshuxeko Ndlovu also had a chance to make it 1-0 to Stars just before the hour-mark from close range, but the midfielder dragged his shot wide of the target.

The hosts, who are the guidance of Brandon ‘Brakkies’ Truter, were left to rue their missed chances as Sundowns broke the deadlock on the hour-mark through Tau.

The in-form forward beat Mpakumpaku with a great finish to make it 1-0 to Sundowns with Uruguayan winger Gaston Sirino grabbing an assist, much to the delight of the away fans.

The visitors continued to attack in search of more goals and Tau nearly grabbed his brace in the 75th minute. The forward tried to curl the ball into the top corner, but he missed the target.

Sirino should have doubled Sundowns’ lead in the closing stages of the game after he was sent through on goal, but the diminutive winger’s effort narrowly missed the target.

Ultimately, Sundowns emerged 1-0 winners over Stars, who could not snatch a late equalising goal to send the match into extra-time.

Stars (0) 0

Sundowns (0) 1 (Tau 60′)

All Stars: Mpakumpaku, Ndiki, Makua, Gertse (Matlou 90′), Williams, Mbunjana, Gamildien, Ndlovu, Tshabalala, Mvalo, Setelele (Abrahams 85′).

Sundowns: Brimah, Zulu, Morena, Arendse, Madisha, Manyisa, Ngoma (Sirino 58′), Mabunda, Zwane (Lebese 89′), Brockie (Sekotlong 81′), Tau

23 Responses
  1. bucks

    What a whisker. It would have been an embarrassment if we lost this one but credit to our opponents, they gave us a run for our money. We need to be ruthless. The performance of the team is no longer satisfactory

  2. Jaws Buda

    I was at the stadium and had those laaties taken their chances we would be singing a different tune but thanks God we managed to scrap through. KBY

  3. Themba

    If the Performances of the past weekend as anything to go by. The dominance of Soweto Teams in our league is very imminent . We have not been convincing in our past 3 games main due to bad team selection. Morena always struggle paying as a right back yet he continues playing in that position. Manyisa does not offer us anything going forward but he always plays. Why not bring back Mbekile to either partner Mabunda or play him at the right back? releasing Siya Zwane to Ajax was another BIG mistake. the guy is a workaholic.

        1. futbal fan

          I strongly share your views my man. We are currently at the League summit but its because we are competing with a bunch of losers. Me and you are worried that out of a possible 60 points our team, with the armoury we have, only managed 38, which is very disturbing for a team that wants to conquer Africa….

  4. Mzimela

    Tau really super star last season were lot crtics about Tau i did say and i repeat he is today and future star siyanda Zwane left question say why simple answer Zulu from Kzn not wanted under Pitso u may desagree but thats how is

    1. Emjay Maribe

      Lol kwwwaaaks!.” future star siyanda Zwane left question say why simple answer Zulu from Kzn not wanted under Pitso”. I guess you 1 of the People who believe Mnqithi should take over from Pitso.

  5. Emjay Maribe

    Credit must go to Pitso and technical team for continuing to identify good talent. S Zulu had a fantastic debut. Langermann have stiff competition now. I so wish if Zulu was right back coz since Rama left we have been struggling in that position. Brockie is struggling to get supply or izit it because Sundowns i now used of playing without natural striker? I can’t wait for his first goal.

  6. Mzimela

    My bro emjay i disagree Mnqithi to take over from Pitso Mnqithi fail at small teams such as Arrows Amazulu ,Chippa cannot manage hot seat just goodenough on back seat at Arrows won top eight he had best technical team was not his success

  7. Mandla

    Hands of our coaches guys. My analysis tells me that Brokie will struggle here as we are not paying cross balls into the box where he can nod in goals

  8. Mphetshwa M

    Pitso is still the coach of Sundowns until he finished his term instead of leaving he’ll just renew his 3rd term as a Sundowns coach.About Soweto teams overtaking Sundowns,I don’t know which one.Sundowns each &every game according to its merits.Listen to Pitso’s words if we don’t win lets ensure we don’t lose.The small teams will always up their games against us just to make an upset of the weekend.Everytime a team wins a game against Sundowns this season they don’t win the 2nd game after beating Sundowns including Kaiser Chiefs.Even at Supersport United Brockie was not a Sundowns material,he maybe a great finisher but he doesn’t get involved in those interplay&interpasses at Sundowns &does not go infield and create a space for others or collect the ball and launch or start an attack.He will struggle before he scores a goal as he is a centre of attention.Sundowns doesn’t have a Divine right to win every game on offer that will be supernatural,we grind some results as some big teams play like amateurs like Chiefs who just play with 5 defenders,just imagine a situation like that.

  9. futbal fan

    We were lucky that luck was on our side. If our defence fails to foil a 3rd division side, then can we be comfortable that we can make it with top sides. Its just a matter of time, we will soon start seeing hooligans back at the stadia… police escorts will soon return if Pitso doesn’t change his attitude. Pitso’s team management skills are found wanting, why is Laffor a second option player in the past 2 seasons? This is a player who has never disappointed as compared to Vila, Manyisa etc…

    1. Themba

      I agree with you member. Signs are there that very soon, we gonna start losing. I just don’t understand the rationale behind playing Manyisa. All he does is back passes. we were fortunate on Friday night that Ndlovu did not punish us from the pass he got from Manyisa. Why don’t we play Zwane in that position and we can introduce Manyisa when we leading to slow the game or else weget Mvala from Highlands Park. We ve got the resources we can afford him.

  10. Sibo

    It’s true oh it’s very much true, we can never win all the games, what disappoints me the most is the poor first touch 80 % of our players display, the tendency to always find comfort in back passes for the goalkeepers to disrupt the nice flow of passes by kicking the ball either for a throw in or straight to the opposition. A lot needs to be addressed with our defence, esp Arendse and Madisha, they need to take ownership when they have the ball, be comfortable on the ball. More like your Derrick Spencer, more like Mabizela, not this thing of putti pressure on the keeper and make long passes to no mans land

  11. darius makgamatha

    our team is very conscious, bcz 14 psl teams excluding Pirates plays a defensive/counter attack game,that is why we as Sundowns lost 6 games but still on top of the log.I don’t see us in a million times losing the league.

  12. We are blessed to have two tactical technical team,both of them contribute positively to this team.let us not cause conflict between them.our team is not scoring too many goals nowadays i believe it is because many teams are playing defensively and counter attack however i can see our coach is busy building the defence which is a positive idea, Cape Town City is chasing us because they have been winning 1-0s evidence is the goal difference. Pitso and Manqoba are the best team i really believe in them.

  13. futbal fan

    Why is our club in this news blackout? What’s the site administrator’s work really? Its so strange for a team perennially gunning for the league tittle to only get news post a match….

  14. Asnath Phaahla

    Branding

    Sundowns branding compare to other big teams locally/abroad is very poor,eg you can find any branded bags,cups etc. for Asernal, Manu/Pirates/Chiefs but not for Sundowns.

    Teams stores

    The above mention teams have stores at their base or their stadiums,downs doesn’t have.

    Training facilities

    Compare the above mention teams facilities with down’s one,with bucs being the exception,we are way behind,even though the renovation are being done at chlorokop we are still way of international standards,
    Sundowns should be building something like Man city training center,the gold standard for training facilities.

    Social media

    Why are we not on all social media platforms, eg we chat,snap chat etc.
    Website not updated.
    Get fans connected,by going on a Social media drive.

    Match awareness

    One day before a match not enough and also on twitter/facebook Only
    ,you can do better.

    Tshwane/pretoria derby

    Not marketed enough
    By now we should be getting informed even if there is a game before, not to say stars match is not important.
    Look at north london derby 83000/ikapa derby 17000 attendants.

    stadium plans

    Downs should build their own stadium,is a norm world wide.
    Cape town city plans to build theirs.

    Sponsorship

    Downs doesn’t have energy drink sponsors/water branded bottle,that’s an embarrassment.
    4 sponsors for a team as big
    downs is shocking.
    Copy teams like Man united with more than 70 sponsors,go visit and ask how they do it,man city lot of sponsors with rich owners,go visit and ask how they balance having rich owners but still looking to have some partners,locally chiefs is doing well.

    Sundowns as a brand still has a lot to do of the field to be among the best,on the field we are getting there!

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