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Downs Score Superb Away Victory

24/May/2017 21:08

Mamelodi Sundowns firmly put down the marker as they dominated Democratic Republic of Congo side AS Vita Club in Kinshasha in their Conferation of African a Football Champions League fixture.

The Brazilians won 3-1 against a side which last campaign beat them on goal difference.

The win sent the Tshwane Giants to the top of the four team log.

The defending champions, who were held goalless in their first group fixture, came to the DRC knowing that they have to win in the sometimes hostile environment, and needed to get the early goal to settle the nerves.

Vita, on the other hand needed to win after stumbling in their group stage opener, and showed early confidence.

However it was the African champions who settled first, and played their regular passing game.

The Brazilians were without talisman Khama Billiat, and captain Hlompho Kekana was on the bench. Sibusiso Vilakazi was given a starting berth, and Leonardo Castro made a return on the bench after a lengthy absence.

Thabo Nthete was given the captain’s arm band, and the man they call Mr Cool marshaled the troops well in the final line.

Zakri once more showed his class as he broke through as early as the ninth minute. The Ivorian bore down on goal, and forced the Vita goalkeeper into a brilliant save.

However, he made a run on the left flank, twisting and turning before laying on the ball for Tebogo Langerman whose well weighted cross was met by a diving Anthony Laffor whose header beat the Vita goalkeeper to give the South Africans the lead they had been probing for. (1-0).

The packed stadium went numb and silent, but their home side did not give up the chase.

Sundowns were still dominating, but were forced to defend deep, and Vita got the breakthrough to get the equaliser to send the crowd into raptures once more. Denis Onyango was beaten from a centre break, with Oumar Sedibe slotting in.

Percy Tau, who was making regular runs into the box, was brought down in the box but the referee would hear none of it, waving play on.

Then, as the minutes ticked towards the half time break, Zakri made his way past two defenders but was denied by the cross bar.

In the second half, Sundowns continued running at the Vita defence, and another goal was inevitable.

Zakri and Tau were combining well, and the Ivorian put Tau through. The youngster tried to lob the ball over the goalie, but was well read.

Vilakazi joined the fray, and with the four pronged attack of Laffor, Zakri, Tau and himself, the hosts were cracking.

Zakri eventually got his reward when he rifled in a shot from inside the box after some good work by Themba Zwane, who played more of a defensive role to restore the champions’ lead. (2-1).

For short periods the Vita attack tested the Sundowns defence, but Langerman, Nthete, Motjeka Madisha and Thapelo Morena held up and cleared everything coming their way.

Zwane had a chance to give his side a two goal cushion, but his effort went over the bar.

Zakri, who had been brought down several times, indicated that he had had enough, and the coach finally sent on Teko Modise to take his place.

Leonardo Castro came on for Laffor, who was on a yellow.

Vilakazi played through the centre, and beat the goalie to give the Brazilians a 3-1 lead, a much safer lead as the minutes ticked by.

Themba Zwane came off for defensive player Siyanda Zwane, and Mosimane was content to let his boys play possession football as the clock ticked by, and the Champions were well on their way to a superb victory away.

27 Responses to Downs Score Superb Away Victory

  1. Thulas says:

    Solid defence,creative midfield with high pressure approach and well taken chances,I can’t ask for more.
    Game plan was perfect. Well done CHAMPS

  2. sam ravhura says:

    What a great win

  3. Evidence says:

    Well done NENZEKAHLE

  4. Makhosonke says:

    well played guys, Morena is the best player

  5. Eric says:

    This is the sundowns I know well done guys on beating what Chris Bongo regards as the better team than us

    • Jackie says:

      Where is that chris bongo guy????????

    • mashasha says:

      He only likes his team.no ways we need to beat them again on 2nd round.

    • Sam-4-Downz says:

      He’s nothing in football, his opinions are just like those of a couch fan. Nothing special about Bongo. Well done boys and let’s defend this great trophy and make history. KBY!!!

  6. now we are left with 8 points to qualify to the quarter final, home games are important. Amen

  7. MANKERS says:

    Wow! I did not expect that one,that was brilliant, congrats yellow brigade. Forward we go.

    Yellow Remain

  8. Senzwa says:

    A makeshift defense, a makeshift middle field and a makeshift attack but still to pull off an impressive away win! Wow! Well done guys. The technical team was sport on with their tactics and substitutions. Don’t lose at home, even a draw is acceptable, and try and win away. This is the secret of success in this competition and Pitso understand this very well. I hope our injured soldiers come back soon through we need depth if we are going to go far.

  9. Boitumelo says:

    Great game. I want Tau to score. Tell him to chip-up the ball when he gets those one on ones. But otherwise you show the rest of Africa why you were Crowned Champions.

  10. Nyiko says:

    Congratulations yellow family, a great win indeed, happy Africa day y’all. #kby

  11. msojaer says:

    Well done my CHAMPS

  12. Skhu says:

    Well done Masandawana!

  13. Peter says:

    Weldone chaps… I saw the hunger that we lacked in the last 10 league games… I am a proud Mamelodi Sundowns supporter… thanks boys!!!

  14. Da Prof says:

    Great Win indeed!We really needed this,’A PICK ME UP” sort of WIN! The boys were composed and comfortable! Langerman,Tau and Zwane could’ve scored but their decision making was not great on the day,they must learn that sometime s you are allowed to take a shot even though the angle is tight,that’s variation in play,be brave and take chances!Villakazi can revive himself in this tournament,he can score more and create more if he improves on his play by always sharing and looking for well placed players when he has the ball in danger areas! I am happy we are back on track! two more wins and we are through to next round!

  15. collen says:

    I said it in one of our blogs that the boys have a tendency to rise to the occasion, saying that i do not see them losing Vita game for obvious reasons.
    1. Well done to MMM( to responded well to our criticism when we bashed you for giving away the league. Master tactics, good team selection and good substitutes.
    2. Special mention to T “Mshishi” Zwane, you played that role with distinction bro. My man of the match and Downs player of the season.
    3. Zakri and Mohomi, you deserves a pat on the back. That’s what we expect of you when you take on the pitch.
    4. I wish we can keep Mr. Cool. He seems to be our lucky charm whenever he wears that Captain’s arm band. We can not buy experience, the likes of Madisha will learn a lot from guys like Ntethe,Arendse,Teko ,Laffor and Onyango.
    5. Did you see the classic moment of the game, when Morena calmly chest trap the ball inside the box? Wow
    6. I saw someone in kickoff saying that our branch is fast growing in Kinshasa, pity the same cannot be said about support here in S.A. I acknowledge that i too have contributed to my team playing in front of small crowd by continously being a resident coach not physically supporting the team by going to the stadium. I hope there are many out there, if our team can outclass Vita in their own turf, what more do we need to convince us to go to the stadium?
    7. To the whole team, you guys have made us proud!! Keep flying Mzansi’s flag high. The sky is the limit!!

  16. Woahh, What a great Convincing WIN, they proved me wrong, they rose to occasion when it was a right time,regular players missing, I still can’t believe it but DOWNS Rocks, big UP to Pitso and his technical team,GREAT WORK.

  17. Evidence says:

    Well done.. As for reinforcement is concerned we must buy Williams, Coetzee, Mekoa & Dyantjie.. Promote Mukumela, Modise & Makgalwa

  18. Tshepo says:

    I KNEW U WERE GONNA MAKE IT, WELL DONE TO EVERY 1 WHO TOOK PART

  19. Mzimela says:

    Play as really champion show that there are lot talent depend how coach utilise players There still more talented players at mdc example Tau& Madisha i wonder why we believe out source happened before never produce positive result every season we were buying new players

  20. ayanda says:

    Well done to the boys, I particularly liked the midfield that played on the day. Also my players on the day were Mshishi, Vila, Mahomi Tau, Morena, Langerman, Ntethe. I am beginning to like this Zakri guy, however if he could pass the ball for those wall passes he could be more dangerous. One thing we must learn out of this game is that when we press and pass the ball or play total football going forward , no one can beat us, but when we lead by one goal and defend ,we tend to defend deep ,invite problems and we end up drawing or losing the games. Our players have a problem when defending , they sit back yet you can defend the lead by packing everybody behind the ball and keep possession of the ball while playing high just out side your 18 metre area.

  21. mandla says:

    Yes this Zakri is doing well,,,we need to get through this group stages…Mweene I sense its over for u at downs…Onyango,Morena,Langerman,Nthete,Madisha,Kekana,Mohomi,Tau,Zwane,Zakri,Villa…subs:Sandilands,S Zwane,Hachi,Ngconca,Castro,Laffor…ayeye Highland Park

  22. DOWNS 4 EVA says:

    That was the Downs we know and want,high pressing,defending from the front as a unity and we were adding more numbers when we attack.It is useless to hv high percentage of ball possession when u are not hurting ur opponents,ysterday’s game was spot on with only 1 holding midfielder.Downs is like a 7 forward gear car but for the past few league games our technical team was using it up to gear 3 and yesterday they used it up to gear 7.It is pointless to lose defining than attack from the word go.Fighter,passionate and serious is what Zackri is,if him and Tau can release the ball early and share with others and also our technical team stick to the same attacking game which is our strength I don’t see any team stopping us from defending this cup,look @ teams like Barcelona and Real Madrid they play every game like is their home game.Thanx guys u made us proud keep up the good work.

  23. Jordaozinho says:

    Well done boys, I am lost for words.I wish we could continue were we left off. Attack attack attack