The first game of the 2020/21 season kicked off with the MTN 8 clash against Bloemfontein Celtic at the Lucas Moripe Stadium. This game was a signal of a new era for the newly assembled technical team. This was the second time in two successive seasons that the two sides met at the same stage of the tournament.
With several signings made the technical team made a couple of changes and gave Nyiko Mobbie, Haashim Domingo and Peter Shalulile a place in the starting eleven.
The game started with the two sides having a look at each other and Masandawana had the first opportunity of the game when Ricardo Nascimento took a shot that was brilliantly saved by Jackson Mabokgwane after a Gaston Sirino corner. In the 19th minute, Siwelele had a great chance to take the lead after Sera brought the ball down with his chest and had only the keeper to beat but Denis Onyango was quick off his feet to close the space and grab the ball.
After the first water break, the visitor’s had a chance to take the lead as Victor Letsoalo took a shot but it never troubled Onyango. Both teams went into the half time break with the scores locked at 0-0.
The second half started off great for the Brazilians, debutant Peter Shalulile had an opportunity to take the lead but his shot was saved by Mabokgwane who was proving to be the man standing in the way of a victory for Masandawana. Captain fantastic Hlompho Kekana took one of his trademark shots from outside the box and had Mabokgwane well beaten, only for the woodwork to keep the score still at 0-0.
With the time on the clock ticking the coaches made a change to get some firepower up front, Kermit Erasmus was given the chance to make his debut as he came on for Haashim Domingo. Minutes after the substitution Siwelele found the back of the net after Letsoalo headed the ball to the back of the net after a setpiece.
The Brazilians kept pushing but the goal for an equaliser kept eluding until the referee blew for fulltime.
Denis Onyango, Nyiko Mobbie (Modiba ’72), Motjeka Madisha, Ricardo Nascimento, Lyle Lakay, Hlompho Kekana, Rivaldo Coetzee (Jali ’88), Haashim Domingo (Erasmus ’62), Gaston Sirino ( Makgalwa ’88), Themba Zwane, Peter Shalulile (Mkhulise ’88)
Kennedy Mweene, Keletso Makgalwa, Mosa Lebusa, George Maluleka, Kermit Erasmus, Aubrey Modiba, Andile Jali, Sphelele Mkhulise, Promise Mkhuma