Mamelodi Sundowns share the spoils in the seasons first Tshwane Derby

The top of the table clash between Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United promised fireworks and goals as the two teams in the past had goals scored. Going into this game Masandawana made a couple of changes to the starting line up, George Maluleka, Mosa Lebusa, Gaston Sirino and Tebogo Langerman all started the game. Harold Majadibodu also made the bench for the first time this season.

The game started at a high pace as both sides were assessing each other and Lebo Maboe was the first one to test the homes-side keeper as his shot was gathered by Ronwen Williams. Mothobi Mvala who has been finding the back of the net lately had an opportunity to open the score sheet from a corner kick taken by Sirino. Matsatsantsa had a go at unsettling Masandawana but could not find a clear scoring opportunity. In the 34th minute, Mvala had a chance to take a shot but it was blocked by Luke Fleurs. The game went to half time with the side’s locked at 0-0.

In the second half, Peter Shalulile had an opportunity to extend his goal tally this season after a great pass from Zwane but his shot was saved by Williams. “Mshishi” also had an opportunity to score but his lob could not beat an oncoming Williams who was quick off his line. Lungu had a chance but Brian Onyango was quick to clear the ball and ensure that the score stays at 0-0.

The DStv Premiership top goalscorer Bradley Grobler had an opportunity with a header but Denis Onyango was alert, producing a world-class save as the ball was goal-bound. Maboe in the 62nd minute took a shot outside the box and it seemed it was going in but Fleurs put his body on the line and the ball bounced off him without troubling the home side. The game became more compact as both sides were looking to consolidate and not concede. The Tshwane derby ended in a draw and the Brazilians maintain their unbeaten streak.

How we lined up: D.Onyango, Morena, Langerman ( 81′ Modiba), Lebusa, B.Onyango, Maluleka ( 81′ Kapinga), Mvala, Maboe ( Kekana 81′), Zwane, Sirino (63′ erasmus), Shalulile.

SUBS: Goss, Modiba, Kekana, Kapinga, Erasmus, Mdhluli, Majadibodu, Mkhulise, Makgalwa.

7 Responses
  1. Lamamelodi

    Because of load shedding one could not watch the battle between the two teams. I just hope the draw with Supersport won’t derailed the players and the coaches’ plan of keeping the momentum of winning as much games as possible before getting deeper into the dog eat dog CAF champions competition. By the way Nedbank cup is also approaching. Now games are getting thicker. on the other hand, it’s been a while coaches play Makgalwa, please don’t let him miss touch of a ball. When the “Jingles” leaves him, he use to score in every game, helping the team grind some results. He is still young and also speedy, but most importantly, hungry for goals. I wish he cold be given a chance sometimes.

  2. muzi kunene

    Even though its tough to accept the draw but in a game of football its always like that e.g win,draw and loose.My or our problem as Downs faithfuls We want to win at all cost the other two which is draw and loose is a bitter pill to swallow.
    Another problem I have lately with Lucas Moripe Stadium is that our luck to win on that ground is elusive nowadays I’m afraid even to our next game against Celtic it might be that, pls don’t get me wrong I don’t afraid anyone this year with the good team We assembled but that stadium to me its a curse I won’t forget last year where we failed even to beat Al Ahly and Wydad to proceed to the next round hope our luck will be there on Tuesday, Kby forever

    1. Mzimela

      Do not hate Maboe but has impact in team simiral Langerman these 2 are weakest link surprise to them on first xi ahead of better player season begin without them result were positive now are negative take long to substitute

  3. Dalom

    We really missed Nascimento, Jali and Riva for their build-up from the back. Our midfield was dead, to such an extent that even Themba Zwane was badly exposed. The crosses from Lakay were also missed, Langerman has a lot to learn from Lakay. The heat also took its toll on the players, and I was left wondering why the PSL is allowing games to start @ 3 o’clock? I know they’re under pressure from the sponsor to televise the game, but what quality of game are we going to see under such conditions? I see our game against Swallows next week is also starting @ 3 o’clock whereas the other two teams from Soweto are playing @ 5 o’clock. It’s times like these that I miss Pitso, he would’ve complained about this kind of treatment.

  4. Malesela

    When r we gonna get our starting XI, games r becoming thinner by day. Since the season started we r chopping and changing. I personally don’t like it because momentum is killed week in and out.

    1. Mzimela

      Do not hate Maboe but has impact in team simiral Langerman these 2 are weakest link surprise to them on first xi ahead of better player season begin without them result were positive now are negative take long to substitute

  5. Mzimela

    Why these days over look Makgalwa & Mkhulise Matlala score nice goals last technical team like change.team why fix if not. Broken

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