Mamelodi Sundowns has had a terrible week, since the passing of Anele Ngcongca. The mood was sombre going into the clash against Stellenbosch. It was an emotional match for Masandawana and nothing other than three points would have been befitting to celebrate the life of the fallen teammate and brother.
Masandawana started the game with intentions of winning and that was evident in the pressing game they applied and the sweet inter-passing amongst the front three. It only took seven minutes for the Brazilians to take the lead as Peter Shalulile found the back of the net after a great pass from Kermit Erasmus. Shalulile has now scored three goals in the DStv Premiership so far.
The visitors kept trying to find room and play but the high pressing game of Masandawana would not allow them to do so.
In the sixteenth minute, the ball was played out and both sides had a moment to celebrate the life of “Koti” as they stopped playing and clapped in honour of the fallen stalwart.
As soon as play resumed Masandawana were back where they left off, with Lebo Maboe finding himself in a great space and firing a shot which was saved by Lee Langeveldt. The Brazilians front trio was proving to be a thorn in the Cape Winelands side’s defence and in the twenty-fifth minute Erasmus found space in the box after a great pass from Shalulile and he dispatched the shot behind the well-beaten Stellies keeper. The attack of the visitors with Lelethu Skelem and Mendieta caused no threat to the Downs defence in the opening forty-five minutes as the game went to half time with two goals to nil for the home side.
With only forty-five minutes left, three points at stake and an opportunity to go back to the top of the log standing, The Brazilians had to step up a gear and the front three did just that, as Erasmus found himself in the box after some great fighting by Lyle Lakay to win the ball – Kermit passed to Themba Zwane who needed no second invitation as he scored.
The game was in the bag and the technical team made a couple of changes that saw Aubrey Modiba and Lesedi Kapinga making their first start in the DSTV Premiership. Haashim Domingo also came in and the three substitutes displayed some great football and in the shoeshine and piano way.
Three points collected at Loftus Versfeld and a great win to celebrate the life of Anele Ngcongca.
How we lined up:
Onyango, Morena, Lakay (Langerman 65′), Nascimento, Madisha, Jali (Domingo 73′), Maboe, Coetzee, Erasmus (Kapinga 65′), Zwane (Modiba 73), Shalulile.
Mweene, Mudau, Lebusa, Kapinga, Kekana, Langerman, Domingo, Modiba, Makgalwa