Downs Claim Tshwane Dominance

20/Aug/2017 09:33

Mamelodi Sundowns dominated a hapless Supersport United, putting on a classic display of passing football to beat their cross town rivals 2-0 in their season opening Absa Premier League fixture at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.

The cold weather which swept through Gauteng did not dampen the spirit of the fans who braved it.  They were not disappointed, as the Tshwane derby once more showed that if you are looking for an exciting derby with great goals, look no further than north of the Jukskei River.

The fans left happy as the Brazilians broke the streak of draws and defeats at this venue and finally stamped their authority in a game which they could have won by a bigger margin had they taken all the chances that fell for them.

The Yellow Machine picked holes in the Supersport defence, but needed a bit of edge in the box as Supersport defended desperately .

The African champions made their intentions clear when they surged into early attacks. New signings George Lebese and Oupa Manyisa fitted well into the Brazilians machine, but it was the display of Themba Zwane who returned to his favorite attacking role which caught the eye.

Zwane put in a man of the match performance, and also scored the second goal which put the game beyond the reach of Supersport.

Both Thapelo Morena and Tebogo Langerman used their wing attacks to open up the Supersport defence, and lay out opportunities for the central attacking duo of Khama Billiat and Percy Tau.

The latter combo did well, but did not quite connect. Sundowns were denied a penalty when Tau was brought down in the box, but referee Victor Gomes waved play on.

On the opposite end, Denis Onyango had a more relaxed time, but the Ugandan did give the Sundowns fans a scare we hen he fluffed his lines following a back pass from Manyisa, but his experience saw him salvaging the situation to clear the ball from the attacking Supersport front man.

Captain Hlompho Kekana led from the front once more as he tried to shoot from range but was off target.

Coach Pitso Modimane paired Soumahoro Bangaly with Motjeka Madisha, and the pair did well to keep any attacks by Supersport at bay.  In particular, it was the tenacity of Madisha which shone through, showing just how much the youngster has grown and matured.

Supersport seemed content to absorb the Sundowns attacks with the hope of catching Sundowns on the counter. But Manyisa and Kekana were on the alert and regularly broke down these counters.

Lebese showed glimpses of brilliance, and his combination play with Billiat and Tau showed that once settled, this combination will be a potent one.

Aubrey Modiba did give Onyango some work as he cut through the Sundowns defence to shoot from range, with efforts going just over the cross bar and Onyango tipping over for a corner.

Soumahoro did not capitalize on a ball which fell for him in the box, and Billiat shot for goal but his effort was blocked in the box by Clayton Daniels.

Towards the half way mark, Sundowns increased the intensity of their bombardment, and a goal was inevitable. It did come when Kekana poked the ball low into the far corner to beat the Supersport goalkeeper and give his side a 1-0 lead.

In the second half  the onslaught on the Supersport area continued. Zwane and Morena combined well on the right, and Supersport saw little of the posession as the Brazilians looked for the insurance goal.

A long clearance set up a counter as Billiat controlled the ball to put through Zwane, whose low shot found the back of the net.

Supersport were reduced to 10 men when Dean Furman was give a second yellow, further compounding their woes.

Mosimane pulled off Lebese and sent on Yannick Zakri, and Laffor was brought on for Tau.

The Brazilians continued their quest for goals , but it was Onyango who was called on to save from a header by Bradley Grobelaar.

In the end, the Brazilians took the baby steps on their way to reclaiming the league championship.

How Sundowns lined up:

Denis Onyango, Thapelo Morena, Tebogo Langerman, Soumahoro Bangaly, Motjeka Madisha, Oupa Manyisa, Hlompho Kekana, Percy Tau,(Anthony Laffor), Khama Billiat, Themba Zwane, George Lebese (Yannick Zakri).

49 Responses to Downs Claim Tshwane Dominance

  1. mandla says:

    Yes that is the starting line up we need,,let the journey begin

  2. Ronnie Bothma says:

    Good game. The team played well enough to win. It wasn’t a vintage Sundowns display but good enough. Lebese and Manyisa still need to build their confidence. They not taking chances. They trying to play it safe and not make mistakes. Especially Manyisa who was passing the ball sideways and hardly forward. All in all i see them doing well for the team in future. Very good signings.

    • Madimetja says:

      Member I think your problem is that you listen to chiefs fans too much and they stressing you about Manyisa’s sideways passes, remember he is a playmaker and he is playing according to instructions and sometimes playing the ball sideways is to open up the opposition’s defence. Don’t just criticise for the sake of cruising without analysing the game but the player, no player in this world is not passing the ball back or sideways, or tell me one if you have….KBY4LIFE

      • Ronnie Bothma says:

        Well if you listen to Pitso at the end of the game he summed it up nicely in referring Tau. He keeps trying. Not afraid to make mistakes. Even if he does he is not afraid of going at it again. He would rather have a player like that. Speaking about ” analyzing”, I dont know if you analysed my comment. I dont see where i criticized the players. It was a mere observation i made in the game. Just like you can also have an opinion of your own about the game. As for the Chiefs’ fans. I wasn’t sitting with any Chiefs fans discussing the game. You seem to know more about what they say than me. So it was you discussing the game with them and not me.

        • DESIRE KABONGO says:

          I agree with you Ronnie.

        • Downs says:

          Nice come back Ronnie, he should have read and passed if he did have anything to say, see now we know what he and his Chiefs friends were talking about

        • Madimetja says:

          If we do agree that they are going signings it’s ok, as for Tau not being afraid to make mistakes, well the position of Tau and Manyisa are different, Tau depends on Manyisa as the former is the last man next to the opposition goalkeeper, he dribble one or two defenders then it’s a goal mouth, Manyisa cannot afford to take risks in the middle of the park, if he loses the ball then it’s a counter attack for opposition and will expose our defence, all in all I’m happy to share my views with as my fellow member for the live if our team…KBY4LIFE

        • Bucks says:

          Well said Ronnie, your analysis is very true and contains no harm. I think both Lebese and Manyisa try hard not to over carry and cause those mistakes that will see them out of the team, but they carry themselves well in the game. with more game time in their feet they can improve and gell well with the team

        • Kagiso Jafta says:

          Good point Ronnie

  3. Bongani Khambule says:

    Hamba mshishi

  4. mtho4downs says:

    Only Heavens know why Themba Sweet Nomkata-kata Mshishi Zwane no be given jersey Number10,,,,,, the boy proves undoubtedly that he deserve to don that Number,,, please downs management let’s give our own product this number he deserve it,,,,, KBY TZ10

    • kulakk says:

      I concur with u @ Mtho … Mshishi is Best of the Best

      • ayanda says:

        I agree with you however why not let Mshishi develop his number and build an excellent brand or image of his jersey number and leave very lasting memories on his jersey. Jersey number 15 was never famous until Khumalo made it, jersey number 17 was not until Bennie made it , etc lets not confine our players to certain numbers, they can build their own far better than the ones we see.

  5. kulakk says:

    Khama Khama Khama Khama…. Well play boy , Mshishi, I’m Speechless … What a player, tjeeeerrrrrr

  6. mtho4downs says:

    Fair play for the boys compared to the previous game against Maritzburg United,,,,,, all is needed is to put the ball behind the net,,,,, Supersport United played similar style to that one of M.U but we managed to score two goals,,,,, funny enough against Martzburg United we created so many chances which we failed dismally to convert,,,,,, let’s bury every chance we create and not crying for bus parkers

  7. mtho4downs says:

    Indeed Khamaldinho played very well both goals came from him,,,,,,, Billiat is the King

  8. Themba says:

    Good win.lets be honest we did nt play well.we loss the ball unnecessarily.back passes.we lack the movements off the ball especially in the first half.all the teams that play us have identify a weakness on our right side hence all their attacks are concentrated on that side.I say we bring back Siyanda Zwabe or Mbekile and we can implement with Morena once the team has jell.happy to collect 3 points

  9. mtho4downs says:

    @Themba is true what you say my Yello brother,,,,,, and also think Asevela Mbekile and Siyanda Zwane could do much better than Morena at the back, not that Morena is bad I’m just concerned by his marking, lack of croses and it looks like the guy depends on his speed to do wonders for us,,,,,, my opinion which I’m stand to be corrected though……… It’s still early, I’ve got a feeling that once the Yellow Machine starts gelling more hearts shall be broken!!! Kby

    • Richard says:

      I disagree with you. We are not dependent on one style of play, there will also be games where in he will be encouraged to overlap and do those crosses but ssu game was on one of those. I we compare morena and zwane/mbekile I will still go with morena because he makes so easy to recover as a results of his speed

  10. ITDowns says:

    Well done boys. Its always important to kick off a season with a win. It can only get better from here!

  11. mrevdolo says:

    I hv a feeling that this season we will reclaim the league an Caf CL an leave other cups to small teams like wits etc

    • Max Moloi says:

      We need one between Telkom and Nedbank Sundowns is big enough to win at least two cups every season .

  12. Ernest says:

    A well deserved win. Congratulations Boys

  13. Ob says:

    10 Themba Zwane

  14. kick boboza says:

    All the Players played very well,Khama also played brilliantly.Luv this boys.

  15. I realy like this collum / platform for us to express our slvz however what’s missing is d platform for our Technical team and our management to reply to us . plzzz do something about it management

    It’s very important.

  16. mashasha says:

    Why are playing big games during the week.Pirates and Chiefs not fair from PSL.Weekend was better.

  17. loyiso says:

    Kennedy Mwene must go ✔

    Mshishi for No 10 ✔

    KBY 4 life✔

  18. Makhosonke says:

    Morena is a good player guys is our Roberto Carlos,just he need to fix that little mistake of thinking, and our defence should be wise and know each other as to how to cover each other. lastly our team must know how to defend set piece cause is where our problem is.Bangaly is a good player very solid but he doesn’t think fast..Morena,Zwane and Mbekile should rotate

  19. Makhosonke says:

    Mr Pitso can you teach Zakri to be a team player cause we are not playing a street soccer.

  20. Boitumelo Mathatho says:

    Good performamce, good results and the attendance was not bad and we can do better Masandawana. KBY i remain

  21. Sam-4-Downz says:

    Zakri is gonna be a promising player for how long? He doesn’t seem interested in playing with other players, why? I was actually starting to have hope towards the end of last season that he’s gel with the team but he seems pretty arrogant….

  22. masandawana, I just want to congratulate the boys for a job well-done and it looks like we will defend the champions league and re-claim the PSL and I shall not ask for more from the boys…eish bafethu “I love downs”

  23. Senzwa says:

    A good win for the guys. We didn’t even get out of first gear and we also didn’t press our one man advantage towards the end. Pitso is our messiah. Forget about the cups he has won and just look at the number of players he has managed to motivate to excel. Billiat, Dolly, Mshishi, Tau, Langerman, Madisha e.t.c. The man is in a league of his own.

  24. peter says:

    Thank you for the 3 points boys… but as for Tau… he makes me sick with his attitude. He misses a 100 chances and still wonders when he gets substituted.

    • Max Moloi says:

      Pitso must guide this boy , cause we can not afford to loose him due to this arrogance he is too gifted .


  26. I could be glad if we can beat polokwane city 10 zero to show how easily we gonna win this league. Amen

  27. Sandawana* says:

    I am happy with 3 points. I do share same sentiment with members who see Thapelo Morena’s upward mobility as a cause for our right flank weakness. His defensive ability or should I say inability creates a gap in our defense yet we do have Mbekile who can overlap and defend as well. Lastly, it does not give us tactical advantage to have an overlapping right back in the presence of a mobile player like George Lebese. In fact, it reducesthe role played by Lebese yet he also lack defensive ability. Next time we will pay dearly for this tactical shallowness.

    • Da Prof says:

      NEXT TIME NEH!What about we’ll get it right next time.We learn as we go!Thapelo is doing well thus far!

  28. Kagiso Jafta says:

    Work has begun and lets continue being the benchmark for SA football. Supporters of all SA teams cant wait to watch us in CAF. It is now 29 games to go in PSL and its not gonna be easy.

  29. mandla weSundowns says:

    Congratulations yellow nation. You made proud

  30. Da Prof says:

    Congrats KBY! You did well!You did us proud!Lets keep it up! Tau & Billiat watch the game again and see where you can improve,You guy s were not bad but you can do better! Manyisa and Lebese played well.I hope they learn our system and gain confidence!Good players indeed!Onyango Onyango Onyango jou lekker ding!Madisha Madisha you are rock solid!Langerman you were not moving forward a lot but you were good I missed those runs and cut backs!

  31. Da Prof says:

    Coach PITSO we still need a player in Mohomi’s callibre to make those defense-splitting passes and stabilise the midfield so that Hlompho &Lebese can join in attack freely!

  32. Mfana says:

    I’m very surprised that everytime ppl being critic,they pick it on Thapelo Morena as if he is the one who is selecting him 2 b out of position.That guy has bn playing as an attacking winger,at his previous club.Now ppl r expecting Morena to make a clearance with his head,make crunching tackles,defend.That guy is used 2 attack&take on defenders.Ask Pitso why does he play Morena as a right fullback wheres there r lot of natural rightbacks at Sundowns Ngcongca&Syanda Zwane r still there at Sundowns.Im not waying we must not criticise Morena,bt let us ask this question who put Morena on this predicament?PITSO.If Laffor is on the bench then Morena should b the attacking winger not rightback, then we’ll c the best of Morena.It was difficult for Zungu to adjust bcoz he was a creative midfielder whereas Sangweni,Khumalo,Mabunda,Kekana were there as natural defensive midfielders.That is why u c Morena accompanies an oponent until a goal is scored without him making a tackle bcoz that guy doesnt hav a defensive mentality.

  33. jimmy says:

    Brockie come home boy – your jersey is waiting for you at the home of champions – – – and I wish to say I support all the players at Sundowns

  34. mshangane mgedeza says:

    love this team