United Get The Better Of Sundowns

13/Aug/2017 21:38

It was another day of frustration for Mamelodi Sundowns as the African champions lost by the odd goal to a disciplined Maritzburg United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.

Pitso Mosimane said in the post match interviews that he had warned his boys not to concede, but rather to score first to force the Kwazulu side out of their defensive shell.

This MTN8 contest was always going to be a tactical affair. Maritzburg has always given the Tshwane Giants hard times, and their games in the past season ended in draws. Sundowns went in with confidence, but found United just as determined.

It was a game that Sundowns dominated, holding the ball up and then launching short passing attacks.

Mosimane had started with Kennedy Mweene in goal, and the Zambian glove man was forced into early saves, but it was Sundowns who had the clearer chances as early as the fifth minute.

United then turned on the heat and came close on several occasions as they caught Sundowns on the break. First Brian Wiedlich made a run getting past the Sundowns defence, and then Evans Rusike combined well with Deolin Mekoa, but failed to capitalize.

It seemed at this stage that the Brazilians were rusty following a long break.  Khama Billiat, who was returning from a long term injury, could not get going to find the target, but United were also not letting him play although his control of the ball still shone through.

Percy Tau was roughed up regularly, with Bevan Fransman getting a yellow for some rough tackles.

Themba Zwane found himself playing too deep, and Yannick Zakri could not get his spark.

Thapelo Morena made his trade mark runs down the flank, but the African champions were losing possession cheaply.

Just before the interval Billiat missed a chance that could have given them the lead into the break.

Sundowns came out more organised in the second half.  Captain Hlompho Kekana led the attacks and twice tried to get in his trade mark long drive, but United had a double line defence, clearing everything coming their way.

United eventually got their break when Sundowns lost posession in the middle of the park, and Rusike found himself with acres of space, controlling the ball with his left before firing in low as Thabo Nthete and Motjeka Madisha slid in to try to stop him.  Kennedy Mweene was well beaten from close range.

Sundowns were jolted into action, and forced United onto the back foot. They launched wave after way, but United fell back to defend their lead.

Mosimane brought on Anthony Laffor for Zakri, but even he could not find his way through the United defence.

The two new Sundowns signings were brought on, Oupa Manyisa for Sibusiso Vilakazi and George Lebese for Billiat.

The two gave new life to a flagging attack, but as the clock ticked on,  it was clear that United were not about to give it up.

In the end, even the close attempt headed by Nthete which shaved the upright could not rattle United.

The final whistle handed the Kwazulu Natal team a rare victory over the champions, robbing Sundowns of yet another chance to get this title for coach Mosimane.

How Sundowns lined up:

Kennedy Mweene, Thapelo Morena, Tebogo Langerman, Motjeka Madisha, Thabo Nthete, Hlompho Kekana, Sibusiso Vilakazi,(Oupa Manyisa)Themba Zwane, Khama Billiat (George Lebese), Yannick Zakri, (Anthony Lagfor), Percy Tau.

60 Responses to United Get The Better Of Sundowns

  1. Luck was not on our side we msg soooo many brilliant opportunities. We need a strker like now.

  2. King K says:

    I stopped watching the game once I saw that Mweene was between the post, I knew MU will score

  3. mashasha says:

    Hard luck masandawana next time but i think we need new ideas for a defensive look like whenever teams park the bus we dont have answers to unlock them.another tough season ahead of us

    • Yellow boss says:

      To unparked the bus you need a quick attack not slowly build up.Basically we need to be quickly and slowly Simaltenuously.

  4. mashasha says:

    Eric is also coming with the same style of play on Saturday.Strategy technical team please.Eish Lucas Moripe stadium no luck at all these days

  5. skosy says:

    Team selection was our main downfall, Pitso got it wrong to partner Kekane and Vilakazi in that defensive positions. Where was Mabunda or Why didn’t he start Manyisa n Kekana if Mabunda was unavailable? Lastly Mweene should’ve never started ahead of Ngobeni. I dedicate this loss to Pitso!

    • Yellow boss says:

      Villa he really needs a strong motivation to pickup his form because yesterday was lost in the zoo.

    • Scassi says:

      100% correct. The selection he made was his downfall.

    • mashasha says:

      I’m not sure if i’m correct members.Billiat was not suppose to be on the team yesterday due to his issue of contract with sundowns.Normally a team does not include a player if they is no aggreement between him and a team i.e Sanchez was sidelined by Arsenal on their opening game until he finish with his negotiation.Neymar was also give time to sort out his PSG movement.But correct me Masandawanaa

  6. billy says:

    Pitso is at his highest comfort zone at Sundowns. He is busy fooling the public with CAF achievements. The fact of the matter is that we are fast becoming perennial underarchievers in our domestic league. It was even interesting to witness a Maritzburg team full of their former MDC youngsters downing the African Champions while we cannot even trust our MDC stars who are international MDC champions.

  7. billy says:

    Coach Thabo Senong should consider joining Sundowns that Morinoh has joined Pirates.

  8. Romario says:

    I think our weakest link in the team is MORENA, start watching this guy carefully, I’m sorry to say this but he’s a dumb player! he is too predictable, he can’t defend and when under pressure he always gives the ball away. He doesn’t know when to pass, or take or take on a player, uselessness! since the team is good it also makes him look good! he’s our worst right back, i think zwane is our best right back. Langeman is also a weak link he is too comfortable in that position he doesn’t show any urgency and gives the ball away most of the time. mweene must just go, something is just wrong with this guy! I’m sure he’s using very strong muti to still at sundowns!!!

    • futbal fan says:

      I entirely disagree with you sir. Our style of play encourages these two guys to join in attack whenever we are in possession. However the blunder is when you have included Vilakazi as a second defensive guy who can’t fill up for these guys once they loose possession, which now leaves us vulnerable at the back.
      In agreement with you, Mweene has served us well & we need to accept that he’s now over the hill.
      As for Villa to continue being the first choice ahead of all the best players Downs has puzzles me. We all appreciate that Pitso treasures this guy more, but for him to sacrifice his own carrier at the expense of seeing to it that Villa is in the pitch at the expense of seasoned campaigners is appalling.
      Why are we always found wanting when teams park the BUS????? Can someone please help me here.

    • Mzimela says:

      Mario i have mention that Morena play incorret position thats why turn weakest link also Zakri,Villa and Mweene are weakest links

  9. We need to find a plan to deal with d bus parkers plzzzzzzzzz mr jingles

    • Yellow boss says:

      Parking the bus is the strategy of modern soccer but ,if you use the transition attack the bus fall away.

  10. DESIRE KABONGO says:

    There was no bus parking. We have become more predictable, if Mabunda is not aroung then where is Mohomi ??? Guys I hate losing, I am sorry.

    • mashasha says:

      We are becoming predictable like chelsea now.Teams plan around parking the bus and they definately know that we don’t have answers.That is the biggest challenge of being a champion.All teams up their games.We also need to have that sort of urgency of scoring first all the time

      • DESIRE KABONGO says:

        Sure Mashasha, it is easy to become a champion but not easy to remain a champion. We are suppose to up our games as well, we can’t seat on a comfort zone.

  11. Yellow boss says:

    Kharma is no longer the same since Dolly departure last season, he’s totally lost.

  12. The technical team knew that United was going to deploy Ultra defensive approach,what was our plan press forward and get caught on counter attacks?It is frustrating to play against teams that are ultra defensive like united but we need to have a plan at least score first because u can not defend while you are trailing especially in a cup game,I predict that Manyisa is going to be A HIT,Lebese need to work on his defensive side,Pitso want hardworking players otherwise he is going to have problems,

  13. Sandawana* says:

    When the PSL season ends coach became aware that we would play in the MTN8 tournament. Logic has it that he should have started preparations then. I find it difficult to understand why would coach feature players who joined the team two week’s back. I can only conclude that he hadn’t crafted the strategy for the tournament let alone the game. If he had devised a plan the recruits will have not walked into the game because they would have not been part of the plan. The substitution was poorly timed and devoid of tactical astuteness of an international coach. Let’s regroup and focus on the challenges ahead.

  14. Teddy says:

    When was the last time Downs win a match in Lucas Moripe stadium????????????????

  15. mbhele says:

    We are still waiting for the announcement of the signing of manyisa. We are so dissapointed about the way the admin of this website are treating us. We want to know everything that is happening in our team and i think the management must hire people who support the team. Coming to the game im not blaming anyone about the loss but we must pick up the pieces and solider on.

    • Knoxman says:

      Sundowns will issue a statement regarding Manyisa .
      Next thing he is on the bench wearing number 7 .
      Manyisa is finished and Lebese is lazy, the only reasonable signing we needed was Rivaldo Coetzee as you can see Mr Cool Ntethe does not have the legs anymore.
      Lebo Manyama to replace Laffor bcoz he cannot give us 90 minutes anymore
      And promote our MDC international Champions stars

      • Joe jnr says:

        I agree with you Knoxman, lets refrain from buying names, and start buying young and quality players, or even promote from our MDC team. The shining time of Vilakazi, Lebese and Manyisa is gone. otherwise the two acquired recently have to prove me wrong. however Villa has failed already.Tau, Zakri and Villa are costing us.

    • Maja says:

      Aii, we might as well accept that this admin does not care about us, the reporting and marketing here is appalling.

  16. Downs says:

    If our number 1 striker is Zakri then we doomed, less said about Vilakazi and Menwee the better. Pitso made a big mistake with Siphelele Mkhulise, Shozi and Julies, Sundowns needed few hungry players for this season, those boys would have came in very motivated by the likes of Tau and Madisha.

  17. Du says:

    The reality is that Sundowns need changes in the coaching department, the team need news ideas because Pitso won’t win anything now for sundowns. He won big trophies e.g. league and CAF for sundowns therefore nothing new he will achieve and also all teams they know his strong points and weaknesses, someone new will come with new technical approach to the team.

    • collen says:

      Hard as it may to support that motion of no confidence to Pitso but i am also losing patience on him. Maybe sending Rhulani to Pirates was a way of preparing his way to join Bucs at the later stage. I love Pitso, i appreciate the fact that by far he’s the only coach who bleksems Chiefs left and right but truth be told, he’s losing the plot now.

      We still have an unfinished business with Stoichkov. Had we exercised some patience with the guy, we could have achieved more by now. # my opinion

  18. The Nash says:

    Sandawana* & Du, you guys are spot on Pitso had no plan nor strategy for Top 8 competition. Bad team selection, Mweene is not only bad & leaking remember when he was number one, he conceded in 80% of the games then and he should have gone long time ago. Something is terribly wrong with our defensive game or strategy, Morena is not better than Mbekile & Zwane especially defensively. Nthete & Madisha are suspect and worst of all they don’t communicate.What is Vilakaz doing in partnership with Kekana in midfield if Pitso don’t play Villa upfront as a striker or behind striker then he should be on the bench. Kekana was terrible yesterday. Zakri is not better than Malajila, Billiat’s attitude was bad yesterday if he keeps it up then he should play minimum games. Pitso cannot solve the problem of teams that park the bus. The game has changed and the defensive strategy balanced with consistent minimal scoring (i.e. you don’t need to be high scoring team) can win you silverware, so Sundowns is in trouble. Pitso will not win anything this season nor defend CAF.

  19. Bongani Khambule says:

    Zakri is doing one and the samething each and every game but still gets a starting line up, hayi i dont know what they see in him honestly cause nothing positive comes out of the guy, iyoh this guy frustrates me everytime

  20. Bucks says:

    We have always been saying we need to reinforce the defense and attacking departments. Chances were created but there was no one to finish them off. Manyisa and Lebese are good players BUT we should have used our financial muscles to strengthen defence and attack. Our next game is against Supersport and I will not be surprised if we are given a hiding in this one

  21. Shingirayi Zimunya says:

    I agree with the notion that we lost the game based on poor tactics and poor team selection. You cannot convert an attack minded player such as Vilakazi into a defensive role when he is sloppy and slow. You also cant use the same tactic of building from the back when a team is defending in numbers. I for one think that Khama Billiat is still Sundowns material, he is coming back from an injury and needs a few games to regain form. I don’t understand why Mweene is still in our team and why Mabunda and even Soumahoro were benched. I think the Coach must also stop using Morena as a defender, because he exposed us yesterday and yes Nthethe is old and slow and sloppy and he needs to be replaced. We also need a natural striker, both Khama Billiat and Percy Tau are not strikers, I think Khama Billiat must be our number 10 supported by Themba Zwane and then use Lebese on the Left wing, Morena/Tau on the right and Zakri/Laffor as strikers. Why didn’t we play Fares Hachi as he brings in an attacking element? In the Midfield, Kekana must be Partnered with Mabunda or Manyisa. The team was slow and lethargic and Maritzburg was physical and rough, they bullied us off the ball, we needed a bully as well in Soumahoro. We shall overcome, but we need to strategize against teams that park the bus, otherwise we will keep losing. We need serious rotation and we need to beef up our strikeforce.

  22. mandla says:

    Mweene can’t communicate or balance his defence before hand,,,We need Castro seriously now…T Zwane u are our magic fit mshishi…..Langerman was a bit sloppy yesterday…..good test with Supersport ahead….Tau also at time is not ayoba

  23. muzzy says:

    Vilakazi need to pull up his socks otherwise oupa is around

  24. Boitumelo Mathatho says:

    Kennedy is anti Sundowns. He always concedes!

  25. Hournarable Nash – Hornarable Nash you v said it ALL . You r spot on. Downs is d most open book and we r known for possession , attack but bad defensively. I m very scared to say dat Morena is d most leaking defender at Downs even though he is sharp going foward but he cost us games. So he should be played upfront instead and then Mbekile must come bk and rescue us .


  27. Mzimela says:

    Just read news24 Pitso says Billiatt wants to leave Sundowns to face new challenge ,why stop him release him on last year on contract should release him why hold him end the season he will free agent come on management just released to get cash

    • Nw says:

      I honestly think we should let Khama go, they must sell him to Chiefs. we have enough players. we can make money with him.

  28. sibusiso mthendeni says:

    Hard luck to Sundowns supporters and fans, it wasn’t for us and congratulations to Maritzburg.
    Why Kennedy Mweene instead of Onyango or Bimah? Here z the answer – Brimah z still waiting for work permit while Onyango was ruled out due to flue. So, Pitso opted for Mweene instead of Ngobeni.
    Hard luck members.
    19 August 2017, 15h00: Supersport United vs Sundowns.
    Sundowns Daveyton branch has organised transport, departing from Sinaba Stadium on Saturday 12:50. Call Sibusiso 073 656 7001 / 074 573 6750 or Khutlo 073 025 1521

  29. kulakk says:

    Asavela Mbekile is far Better than Thapelo Morena … And also Siyanda Zwane is Way better than Morena … But Pitso ‘s Favouritism is Killing us . As for Comedy Mweene, Ay I dnt know, that guy is a Pure Cow . Pitso is truly losing the plot. I was shocked to see Villa partnering Kekana, tjooo what a bad decision by Our Stewpit Pitso .

  30. mashasha says:

    Hard luck masandawana it was our first game of the season.Let’s give our team the support and technical team.maybe we will see them rotating the team just to regenerate that hunger from some of the players.
    Let us go in numbers to support them against Supersport

  31. Zwanga says:

    What going on at super stadium ?, plz let’s go n play at loftus all our home games. U cnt share de ground wit supersport. Even a blind person can c dt it Cnt work.

  32. kick boboza says:

    We said it long time ago that Mweene should have left even before the end of the leaque,Villa was struggling from the day he signed the contract,the boy is not our material sell him.Khama is not interested sell him in Saudi Arabia and cash in.promote from MDC beter struglie while grooming our boys.Get a solution for Bus Parking

  33. Yebo-yessss let’s sell Khama now plzzzzz he has done enough for us let him go. 4get about Brokie, Manyama , Ngoma and then just bring us a tough and sharp striker from outside of mzantsi and promote players from our development.
    SSS port needs Brokie plus City needs Manyama &Ngoma ds thing of stealing ada teams players is a bad habit and its wrong

  34. to early to judge big things coming soon. Amen

  35. mandla weSundowns says:

    Mxm at least Zebras died fighting. We were just a disgrace, with no commitment at all. Sooooooo disappointing, just like last season.

  36. Senzwa says:

    Its too early to start blaming players and the coach for the loss. We don’t have a birth right to win all games. I am actually glad we are out of this competition early. It almost scuppered our plans last season when we went all the way to the final only to lose to Wits before an important CAF game. This season we need to choose our battles carefully. Last season we were in a good position to win the league but couldn’t as we were tired from playing in these local cup competitions that offer peanuts. This season we need to be smart and preserve our players. Fortunately we have a smart coach who will see to it that we only concentrate on competitions that matter.

  37. kick boboza says:

    Coach i know that you like Khama but he is not interested to stay so sell him now and promote from MDC,we have the resources.Bring back Zwane and Mbekile and rest Villa and Zakri a bit.time is not on our side.sell Mweene.

  38. Stephen Sandawana Modimolle says:

    Pitso & development are not friends, he is going to cry about Broickie the whole season, he can’t look at MDC boys & bring some to 1st team, they won MDC & went on to win the competition in Holland, but for Pitso that’s nothing, Cowma is not committed, Percy is just running, but we will see

  39. jimmy says:

    my only plea even though I am far from the proceedings but Pitso has hinted on Billiat not happy ,please release the guy he has done everything for Sundowns and the departure of Keaggs has put more pressure on the guy – if you love him please release him , let him be free