Brilliant Tau Brace Sinks Stars

11/Sep/2017 20:32

Two moments of brilliance from substitute Percy Tau saw the youngster score a brace to pave the way for a 2-1 victory for Mamelodi Sundowns over Free State Stars in the resumption of the Absa Premiership at Goble Park, Bethlehem.

Tau showed his class as he scored what coach Pitso Mosimane sang praises for in the post match interviews.

Coach Mosimane had to face choices in who to field, with some of his internationals returning from the FIFA week engagements for their countries with injuries while others had travelled long distances and perhaps needed a break.

Talisman Khama Billiat was injured during final preparations, while still others, for a total of eight players, were injured.

Mosimane also had to keep his eye on the CAF Champions League clash coming up on Sunday.

But the Tshwane giants showed their depth when Mosimane gave a first run for Ghanian Brimah Razak in goal, while Anele Ncongca got a run on right back and Algerian Fares Hachi on the right back.

Returning from a long absence Wayne Arendse was given the captain’s arm band for Hlompho Kekana, whose defensive midfield role was taken by Soumahoro Bangaly

The initial approach from the African champions seemed to be to play to Leonardo Castro, but long balls were intercepted by the Free State defence, where veteran Paulos Masehe stood firm.

As early as the second minute Sibusiso Vilakazi put through Castro but the Colombian was ruled offside.

The cheers went out loud when Oupa Manyisa had his first touch, and the former Orlando Pirates man kept the Stars defence on the hop in the middle of the park. He combined well with George Lebese and Anthony Laffor as they went in search of a goal.

Ngcongca made a run on the right, and knitted the ball to Castro who laid on for Vilakazi, whose attempt was cleared.

A moment of concentration lapse in the Sundowns defensive provided Stars their first real opportunity, but the Stars attackers shot wide with Razak wrong footed.

A minute later Laffor’s attempt was saved, but Stars seemed to turn on the pressure having grown in confidence.

A patient Sundowns built up attacks from those defensive positions, and Vilakazi was fouled. Laffor’s effort was saved.

A minute later Laffor was caught on the ankle as he played back from the byline. Vilakazi’s effort was saved, but Laffor limped on.

In the 28th minute Laffor was pulled off and Percy a Tau sent on.

A period of neat inter passing followed, as Stars sat back in defence. Sundowns tried to draw them out of their defensive positions.

Hachi as fouled on the line but Arendse’s header at the end of the set piece went over the crossbar .

On 42 minutes Castro flicked on for Vilakazi, whose effort was saved.

Then Tau turned on the magic, taking on the Stars defence, and was fouled on the eighteen line. The youngster known as “Di a rora” pulled himself up, and with Manyisa playing the decoy, Tau beat both the wall and the goalkeeper to give his side the lead .

The Tshwane Giants took the lead into the break.

It took Tau another five minutes into the second to deliver another brilliant effort. He won the ball, cut into the middle and positioned himself to net a scorcher into the roof of the net.

The coach then sent on former Stars hit man Thokozane Sekotlong and pulled off Castro.

Stars had an opportunity when Hachi was forced into handling the ball, but the effort did not bother Razak.

Lucky Mohomi came on for Manyisa in the 82ndminute. Razak was forced to to punch the ball away from a set piece, but he was only called to make a low dining save for the first time in the 85th minute.

Sekotlong the had the opportunity to put his name on the acore sheet as he dribbled past two defenders but he shot straight into the hands of the Stars goalie.

Stars then there everything at the Sundowns defence and Danie Venter fluffed it from an unmarked position.

A minute before the last of four minutes of referees optional time Stars finally broke the Sundowns defence when from a corner kick Sundowns tried to clear the lines but an unmarked Stars man who headed in to beat Razak.

Starting line up

Brimah Razak, Anele Ngconca, Fares Hachi, Wayne Arendse, Motjeka Madisha, Bangaly Soumahoro , Anthony Laffor, (Percy Tau) Sibusiso Vilakazi, Oupa Manyisa (Lucky Mohomi) George Lebese, Leonardo Castro (Thokozani Sekotlong).

27 Responses to Brilliant Tau Brace Sinks Stars

  1. Thulas says:

    A very erratic defensive performance in the first half by Madisha, but thanks coach for keeping him as he slowly regained his confidence. Hard earned victory. Thanks Masandawana. Now for the BIGGEST one on Sunday

  2. Thulas says:

    One publication wrote Tau helps Sundowns to beat FFS as if he was hired for this game. FYI Tau plays for Downs

  3. Denash says:

    Pitso please bring back Shozi

  4. Denash says:

    Bring back shozi pitso

  5. Fraser. says:

    Great results for us but let’s try to keep clean sheets as conceding goals will work against us in times when we have to score one goal .please shut the back 🚪 Pitso

  6. Dalom says:

    At this rate, it’ll take a super human effort to come out of Casablanca’s clash alive, they’ll murder us.

  7. ITDowns says:

    Great performance by the team. Solid performance by Arendse after a long lay-off. Castro looks like he want to play for the team again….Razak looks a bit overweight. Our defence switched off at the dying moment and failed to mark a free man but I think the keeper should have positioned himself better given his experience. With Mwene injured and Razak is not registered for CAF, was it not wise to give Thela much needed game time as he will deputize for Onyango over the weekend? “Thoughts please”

    • collen says:

      Thela played with the MDC team in our 2-0 loss to Celtic over the weekend. We were under pressure to win that game after losing to PLK City before fifa break. For me there was no better time to introduce Zarak than in yesterday’s game.

  8. Boitumelo says:

    The Lion King: Percy Tau
    What good game, KaBoYellow

  9. Bucks says:

    I am happy we got the maximum points but we had individual players on the day not a team. Madisha is too sloppy and he is going to cost us games if he doesn’t change the attitude. ITDowns is right, Thela should have been placed between the sticks for confidence boosting purposes. But Pitso is unpredictable, always elaving us with o shaped lips.

    I haven’t seen anything in Lebese and Manyisa yet

    • collen says:

      Lebese and Manyisa were playing according to instruction member. Remember unlike in their former teams we believe in sharing the ball than running with the ball, something both players needs to get used to it.

      sometimes it’s unfortunate when a player provides an assist and the intended recipient fluffed it. Am saying this because Lebese played some decent crosses to the box but no one took it( Castro even closed his eyes in one of the attempts)

      Manyisa covers the ground well and good in intercepting the quick counter attacks. In time they will come alright. Let’s be patient member!!!

  10. Themba says:

    Good win.the performance not good enough but that could be due to the fact that most of the guys have not played together before.I like what I saw from Vilakazi.Bangaly played well.Manyisa, Lebese and sekotlong need to pull up their socks.we don’t accept mediocre at Sundowns

  11. Senzwa says:

    Two brilliant goals from a special player. A good win for the team before an important game. Thanks to the technical team for trusting all the players to deliver. And thanks also for believing in Tau even though some of us fans get on his case sometimes. Please address this thing of conceding goals towards the end of games. This is Under 14 football stuff guys. Otherwise Minwana Phezulu!

  12. Good win,my man of the Match(Vilakazi) I saw same Vila who was at Wits,Lebese and Manyisa I really haven’t seen much from them ,Lebese must take on Opponents and last nite he tried by bringing in dangerous crosses(that’s what we want.Madisha started well at Downs but recently he has been very sloppy, he is error -prone and very relaxed, I think he is going to be weakest link I wonder what happened to him, in his first games he won man of the matches and all of the sudden the performance dipped.

  13. collen says:

    Coming back to the game. Tau played brilliantly yesterday. Keep up the spirit young man. Bangaly ,Villa,Razak, Arendse played well too.

    Madisha, boy please play safety first and stop being fancy in the danger area. Otherwise i believe that all the mistakes you are committing now they are grooming you to be a great defender you are destined to be. Do not drop your head but learn from such mistakes and improve on them.

    Sekotlong, wow am loving this boy. I think the minute he gets his mojo running there will be no turning back. You did well by trying to score than shifting the responsibility to Tau in the chance you got. That’s the making of a good striker, needs to be selfish at times for the good of the team.

    good luck on sunday champs!! Make us proud. Remember make sure you do not concede at home. KBY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. SwaziBoy says:

    Big Ups boys!! Three valuable points bagged and we are going to the next game with our heads high. Hope the players on injury list recover in time for Sundays game. Brilliant start for Sir Percy Tau – The Lion king. Hope he stays grounded and produce more of yesterday’s perfomance.

  15. Bongani fire mdatya says:

    I watched the MDC team playing on Saturday and I was not happy with their performance especially that Tendo Mukumela.The guy has been promoted to the senior team but he was so slow and very casual but he is still young so I won’t lose hope on him although we lost the game 3nil.The sky is the limit.

  16. ernest says:

    Good game, again at the back we are still struggling, Madisha must stop dribbling in the box and should learn from Arendse that safety first. I am not sure yet about Manyisa and Lebese but I think they will soon warm the bench and fight for their positions. we only need Broockie since Rivaldo is with us already and we will be home and dry. why fix it if not broken, our midfielders were ok and we are still ok, we have youngsters and quality on the bench and on the stands. To me Manyisa and Lebese we bought quantity. Lets breed more Taus and stop chasing players from other teams.

  17. mtho4downs says:

    Great game to Lion King,,, Heavens truly blessed us with you boy,,, keep pushing and know that when we critisize you its not like we hate you but we want you to become a better player,,

  18. DOWNS 4 EVA says:

    Madisha,Madisha pull up ur socks u are far from arriving,learn frm Adrense he played like he has been playing every game for us.Ur primary job is to defend not to be fancy at the back u nearly cost us the game,4get not Rivaldo is in the house.Tau let the gud job up,I’m glad u took our criticisms like a man,remember u are playing for a very ambitious team with passionate supporters.Bangaly did a good job I think he must play the same role against Wydad he is a gud shield to our back 4.Vila gud job,Sekhotlong u are a gud player don’t try too hard,just work hard eventually thinks will be ok.Lebese u hv gud deliveries when it comes to set pecies,Razak was solid and lastly we lost the league bcoz we struggled during our home games that need to be addressed a.s.a.p.

  19. Makhosonke says:

    from the previous game setup we need to change few,
    1,Onyango GK
    2,Anele RB
    3,Langaman LB
    4,Bangaly D
    5,Arands CB
    6,Kekane M
    7,Morena RW
    8,Zwane AM
    9,Castro F
    10,Lebese LW
    11,Tau AM

  20. mandla says:

    Onyango,Morena,Langerman,Nthete,Bangaly,Kekana,T Zwane,Vilakazi,Tau,Castro,Manyisa