Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu played to a goalless draw at Kings Park Stadium on tuesday afternoon as The Brazilians maintained their advantage at the top of the table. The much-anticipated clash of the top two teams in the DStv Premiership dished out some of the best football that has been played this season in a match that had everything but the goals clash. The game turned out to be one where both sides displayed tactical discipline from the onset till the end.
After the last clash against TTM Masandawana saw the return of Denis Onyango and Mosa Lebusa to the starting eleven in place of Ricardo Goss and Ricardo Nascimento.
Usuthu were the first to create a threat for The Brazilians but Lebusa and Lyle Lakay were ready to clear the danger as early as the fourth minute. Masandawana slowly found their feet and managed to make a number of quick passes in the middle to break AmaZulu down but could not manage to get to the final third. Thapelo Morena found himself in a great position as he was picked out by Lakay and his effort just went past the goals of the home side. Rushine De Reuck who was making his eighth consecutive start was marshalling Augustine Mulenga and making sure that he does not get a clear shot at goal. The first half was like two pound-for-pound boxers matching each other in all aspects as the first stanza ended 0-0.
Ten minutes into the second half, Mulenga took a shot that hit the goal post and the resulting counter-attack saw the ball fall for Themba Zwane who had a chance to extend his goal tally for the season only for his effort to be saved by Veli Mlothwa in goals. Both teams kept displaying a high intensity and a great level of tactical discipline, Bafana Ba Style looked to the bench and brought on Aubrey Modiba for Gaston Sirino to beef up the firepower upfront. Within three minutes of being on the field Modiba had a chance to grab his first goal for the club but his shot was saved by Mlothwa and the ball fell for Shalulile and his diving attempt also could not hit the back of the net.
The result sees Mamelodi Sundowns maintain their unbeaten streak in the DStv Premiership after twenty- one games played.
How we lined up: Onyango, Morena, Lebusa, De Reuck, Lakay, Coetzee, Maboe, Mkhulise (Mudau 90’), Shalulile (Mvala 90′), Sirino (Modiba 73′), Zwane ( Motupa 73′)
Subs: Goss, Nascimento, Modiba, Onyango,Vilakazi, Mudau,Kapinga, Motupa,Mvala