Mamelodi Sundowns shared the spoils with Black Leopards as they drew one-all at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The visitors scored a late goal to equalise after Mosa Lebusa put Masandawana into the lead early in the first half. The Brazilians were without striker Peter Shalulile who was suspended and that was the only change that happened to the starting eleven.
The visitors were the first ones to take a jab at Sundowns as a pass played to Ovidy Karuru found him unmarked but his shot went over the bar with only Denis Onyango to beat. Ten minutes in, Mosa Lebusa rose highest at the near post as he headed home the opener for the day from a Lyle Lakay corner. Themba Zwane had a chance to extend the lead but his shot was saved by Mendes in the Leopards goal. Lyle Lakay had another opportunity but his resulting free-kick could only sail above the poles. Chances kept on coming but the final touch was not there, Gaston Sirino saw his shot blocked by the defender. The first stanza ended with Masandawana leading by a solitary goal.
“Mshishi” and Sirino showed some neat touches at the beginning of the second half and Zwane could not beat the Lidoda Duvha keeper who was on par to make another save. Lebo Maboe saw his curling effort just missing the target in the fifty-fourth minute.
Onyango had a quiet game and in the seventy-eighth, he was called upon to make a rare save as he punched a well-taken corner.
With ten minutes to go, substitute Roderick Kabwe scored to make the score one all with Leopards’ first attempt on target of the afternoon.As a result the spoils were shared in the capital city and head into the international break having reached the forty-point mark in the league.
How we lined up: Onyango, Morena, De Reuck, Lebusa, Lakay, Jali, Coetzee (Modiba 74′),Mkhulise (Mkhuma 64′), Sirino (Domingo 69′), Zwane, Maboe (Makgalwa 69′)
Subs: Goss, Modiba, Domingo, Nascimento, Mudau, Makgalwa, Affonso, Mkhuma, Madau 64′)