Sundowns end City “Hoodoo”

Mamelodi Sundowns beat Cape Town City 1-0 in a thrilling Absa Premiership at the Athlone Stadium.

The Brazilians secured the victory thanks to a superbly-taken goal from Khama Billiat early in the second half, while the Citizens enjoyed most of the possession but lacked penetration in the final third of the field.

Sundowns almost claimed the lead thanks to a poor back-pass from Craig Martin in the 13th minute, but City goalkeeper Sage Stephens did just enough to thwart Jeremy Brockie.

City dominated the remainder of the first half, though they created only a few openings in the visitors’ defence. The first arrived in the 23rd minute and saw Denis Onyango push away a shot-cross toward the near post by left-winger Lyle Lakay.

The next major incident arrived on 41 minutes and saw Thabo Nodada threaten to get in behind the defence, only to be challenged on the edge of the box by Onyango, who was arguably lucky not to be sent off.

The goalkeeper’s challenge won the ball but gave Nodada a game-ending cut to the leg, and he was replaced at the start of the second half by Ayanda Patosi.

Three minutes into the second half the Brazilians claimed the lead. Percy Tau made a great run down the left flank before providing a clever scooped cross from the by-line, which was then beautifully finished on the volley by Billiat to put ‘Downs 1-0 up.

City should have drawn level in the 55th minute when a Lakay cross picked out Patosi in a great shooting position, but the substitute’s effort was tame and easily saved by Onyango.

The hosts enjoyed most of the play for what remained of the game, but they lacked the firepower in attack to really trouble the Brazilians’ defence. Their only notable effort in the dying minutes was a long-range shot from Patosi which required Onyango to tip the ball over his own crossbar.

City further blotted their copybook in injury time when captain Robyn Johannes picked up two yellow cards within seconds of each other to be sent off by referee Victor Gomes.

Cape Town City 0

Mamelodi Sundowns (0) 1 (Billiat 48’)

Cape Town City: Stephens, Mkhize, Johannes, Fielies, Edmilson, Martin, Putsche (Akosah-Bempah 82’), Modise, Lakay, Nodada (Patosi 46’), Masina (Ralani 66’)

Mamelodi Sundowns: Onyango, Morena, Soumahoro, Nascimento, Langerman, Manyisa, Mabunda, Vilakazi (Zwane 47’), Billiat (Ngoma 77’), Brockie (Madisha 62’), Tau

23 Responses
  1. Emjay Maribe

    Sundowns is the Strongest team in the PSL. Less excuses about the fatigue from CAF, Brockie will score Soon. Makalwa our next Percy Tau.

  2. babalo

    member don’t worry about fatigue we are past it now & only going up. I think our team is developing another skill well, that of managing the game even under pressure.

  3. Knoxman

    Well done to the Sundowns Family for overcoming Cape Town City and it was so refreshing listening to Coach Manqoba making sense about the game and his tactical substitutions. I can’t wait for his time to become Head Coach. KBY

    1. babalo

      & myself member I can’t wait for manqoba to become a head coach again, he has gained valuable experience now than before. he could come handy now to coach at golden arrows

  4. Mandla

    Good win masandawana the boys fought so hard for the result. I hope we are not confused giving too much credit to Manqoba which may saw division unnecessarily. Remember smooth talkers like Steve are yet to achieve anything tangible. Pitso remains the head coach and we love his madness winning games.

    1. Emjay Maribe

      I Agree with you Member. The only sin Pitso has is 1. To be a successful black South African that is why even today people put Baxter name ahead of his. 2. Coaching Sundowns, if Pitso was coaching Chiefs or Pirates he will be called Mzansi number 1 undisputed just like Khune.
      Manqoba only did what Pitso would ve done on that game sticking to the game plan. Complement to the whole team makes sense

      1. babalo

        true member, that’s what I was talking about last week in the other article. many people expect to see a different colour of a perpetrator to a victim for racism to be. but we see people of same colour victimizing the other & colour vs success being the issue. you’re also correct that people don’t want to recognize heroes that are from sundowns. for a hero to be recognised he should be from pirates or chiefs. when I read your comment on this I remember the katlego mphela era at bafana bafana, pitso was head coach there. mphela was a reliable goalscorer both at sundowns & at bafana bafana. we were playing at home v egypt. the score was level at 0-0 & the fans were booing mphela & trying to force pitso to substitute him & by the look of it it was pirates fans. mphela broke the deadlock at the very very last minute of the game & pitso sang his praises extremely excited after the game. pirates fans were then very furious about pitso having sung mphela’s praises & the fact that he didn’t take him off even wishing him out of bafana bafana’s job. those are things that came to my mind when I read your comments member. ASOZE SAPHEL’ AMANDLA – KABO YELLO

    2. Sihle Gumede

      I very disappointed to members trying to sow division in our coaching team, Pisto has given us everything we ever wanted and more and continues to give us more as the season continues

  5. babalo

    mandla sandawana, that is the plan. don’t think they are doing it unawares. these people want to create a negative hype around pitso just to undermine him. actually their wish is that manqoba sabotages pitso for a head coach post & I think they are not aware how manqoba respects pitso as an astute coach, that he even compares him to between mourinho & pep in personality & style of play

  6. Thulas

    They act as if they don’t know that Pitso asked Manqoba to come and assist him cause he doesn’t want a yes boss assistant coach. To prove that Pitso is a good coach, Sundowns have been fighting for championship after winning CL yet Tinkler says Sundowns and Pirates went through the slump Supersport find themselves in. Never

    1. babalo

      @ thulas, member not to sound as disputing what you are saying. but don’t you think it was way below our standards how we performed for larger part of last year? the way we struggled to get past st george last year, that team from ethiopia. how we struggled to open the defence of mariveni united in the nedbank cup. how we got booted out in the nedbank cup by golden arrows. how we got booted out in the mtn 8 by maritzburg united. how we drew with baroka fc & platinum stars on the way to letting go of our league crown to wits. yes we were not like other teams who have taken part in the ccl & ccc, because they found themselves almost & in relegation hotspot. at least we gave it a fight & we challenged for the league crown & we only lost it in the last 3 games. at the end we won nothing. well without a doubt by our standards that was a slump. I believe esperance & wydad fc wouldn’t have beaten us in cl if it wasn’t the case. I think now we’re a team in recovery & we started late last year & now we’re in rebuilding. that we challenged for the league championship & cl whereas we were in a slump just shows the quality of coaching the team has been getting over the last 5 years that pitso has been with us. I also believe the slump started just after we won the cl & it has been creeping up to late last year meaning we went into the club world cup with a slump, if you remember we we went there after losing 2-0 to lowly ajax ct & golden arrows in a row.

  7. Downs4life-bulls

    Well done the mighty sundowns! I hope coach pitso can give the (nedbank-cup) game to the likes of fringe players on the bench like ( razak brimar, asavela mbekile ‘cdm’, Rivaldo cootzee, then do mukumela, Zulu, keletso makgalwa, lucky mohumi, Gaston sirino, aubrey-ngoma, sekotlong, madisha ‘cdm’ n anele nqonqa n other fringe players in order to keep them physically n mentally fit for game time n match readyness. Pls rest first 11 si they can get refreshed a bit 4 the reminder of the season with (caf) included so we must rest all key players. #kby4life

    1. Mandla

      Msandawana, except for Onyango, Langerman, Madisha, Kekana, Zwane, and Tau, I don’t think there is any other player who can claim fatigue, but those really need to be managed especially Kekana playing exhausting role. I can see some are beginning to doubt his abilities due to fatigue, remember he has not been on prolonged injury or suspensions.

    2. babalo

      member@ bulls, I hope you don’t mean all of those fielded at the same time, because we still need the core of the first 11 that is match fit. these players you mentioned are very good but they have seldomly played & can’t click in one game on their own. others are even more than 6 months on the fringes.

  8. Max Moloi

    Thanks Manqoba for standing in , Pitso is real jam , Tau u deserve to play abroad my boy , Billiat is a sensation , all the guys did well . Everytime Bangally is playing its relaxing cause he is so good at what he does , Nascimento also had good game . Dreaming of a cup or two this season .

  9. darois

    I am very disappointed about our webmaster who even battles to update us about the team. some of the players on the first team are no longer with us and some are wearing wrong jersey numbers.we don’t need mediocrity Sundowns is a big team.

  10. darois

    is evident that whoever is in charge of the web does not have the interest of the team at heart or is not passionate about football period. #we are a laughing stock of our opponents.

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