Downs Demolish Otoho & Advance To Caf 1st Round

Mamelodi Sundowns were ruthless when demolishing Congolese side AS Otoho in the preliminary round 2nd leg match at the Lucas Moripe Stadium to advance to the 1st round of the Caf Champions League.

Coach Pitso Mosimane and his technical team didn’t make any major changes to the team, except in the middle of the park where, the suspension of Captain Fantastic Hlompho Kekana meant that Andile Jali got his first start of the season.

The Brazilians’ pacey wingbacks Thapelo Morena and Tebogo Langerman were blazing foward and spending time in the Otoho box as much as the attackers in the opening stages. It was only a matter of time before Langerman weaved his way into the box after being released by a perfect Morena lay back only to be denied by the woodwork.

Gaston Sirino started the onslaught as early as the 14th minute with a clinically taken penalty, after Maboe was brought down in the box. It was soon 2-0 to Sundowns after yet another setpiece by Sirino who found Sibusiso Vilakazi in the box, before Mosa Lebusa converted into an empty net.

The nippy maestro Sirino was at it again in the 43th minute, this time around displaying some class with the ball. The Uruguayan first blazed a defender just outside the box before curling the ball into the top left corner to put Sundowns 3-0 up.

Sirino and Vilakazi combined well in the 40th minute to release Themba Zwane, who made it 4-0 at halftime for ‘Bafana Ba Style’.

Sundowns came back from the dressing room with the same energy and should have made it 5-0 in the 50th minute. First Sirino released Vilakazi who attempted to round the keeper, then the ball fell kindly for Zwane in the box who was denied by a desperate clearance off the line by a defender.

The sensational Siphelele Mkhulise replaced Sirino in the 76th minutes which meant the Uruguayan couldn’t complete his hatrick on the day. A minute later Maboe was also replaced by Emiliano Tade to mark a full complement of all three substitutes after Anele Ngcongca ealier replaced an injured Morena in the 20th minute.

Sundowns marched on 4-0 winners on the day with an aggregate scoreline of 5-2.

STARTING ELEVEN: Denis Onyango (C), Thapelo Morena, Wayne Arendse, Mosa Lebusa, Tebogo Langerman, Rivaldo Coetzee, Andile Jali, Themba Zwane, Gaston Sirino, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Lebohang Maboe

SUBSTITUTE:
Reyaad Pieterse, Tiyani Mabunda, Lyle Lakay, Sphelele Mkhulise, Emiliano Tade, Motjeka Madisha, Anele Ngcongca

40 Responses
  1. Ronnie Bothma

    Excellent game by Jali yesterday. I have not seen him play like this in a while. He was really good. Good game overall.

  2. Thank you Masandawana, our players played very well and delivered, big ups to all the team Jali played very well. some people are busy biting wrong cables.

  3. Mzimela

    Well.done banana vastly technical. Team player s.that.was. his.I.wish.to.continues same.to all game keep. Giving.young game. time

  4. Samuel Makhetha

    It would be great if there was a video of the game so that those who did not get the opportunity to watch can see the game.

  5. Sekie

    Iminwana phezulu!!!
    Sky’s the limit.Sandawana pls do the same to Raja Casablanca.What is in this Casablanca bafana bam?I hate to think you have a Saba phobia for this club.Amanzi makaphume emadolweni abt this club.Hoping for the second star.Sharp aSandawana sharp.Luv u all.

  6. DOWNS4EVER

    Jali,Jali,that was a super performance boy,the Downs family has been waiting 4 you to shine.Pls pls stay disciplined bcoz both Downs and Bafana need you pls don’t let us down.The whole team played well, even Serino played very well 4 the 1st time this season.Our biggest problem is finishing and it should be addressed urgently so and Vila is chief culprit.Vila and Maboe should always do extra training to improve their finishing bcoz,we want nothing less than a league and MTN8 this season.I feel very sorry for our technical team in choosing who to play between Cotzee,Seabi,Jali and Kekana.

  7. Bango

    Good result. That is the life of a supporter to cheer up. The only difference with the other matches is that they managed to score goals . The other ugly part of their performance is soon forgotten because all what we want is scores. The same mistakes were still there upfront where guys ought to finish but will make wrong options, some opportunities need to be taken and be buried once ,it gives a player more confidence for the next game, there are many clear cut and obvious chances that were lost just like that. My advice is that players must take them seriously to avoid the last rush hour, even in the League. Having done so well , l see a need to improve. All we need as supporters is to celebrate, we want to come to that place when we stand cheering a charging player we compliment by jumping and sing loud after the ball remains in the net. Kby

  8. Skhumba

    Jali and Sirino played well in the CAF champions league game. For this first time this season sirino was at his usual best. I just wish that Jali should start the game in Bloemfontein alongside Kekena. They can easily interchange positions as to who stays in front of the defence. I wld like to see that combination.

  9. Moeketsi Molefe

    Well done Masandawana on Saturday. Nice competition in the middle of the park and nice headache for our intellectual technical team when Keke gets back. Jali displayed an out of the world performance. With this performance we going places, coach Pitso once said “to be the best is to consistently provide excellent performance” . Good luck Kabuyelo

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    Well done boys now is the time for Jali to take responsibility and for bro Hlompo to take break at some point for him to gain confidence plz play this Jali guy more often

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