Sundowns Draw With Baroka

Mamelodi Sundowns hit a snag in Polokwane as the Absa Premiership Defending Champions were held to a goalless draw by Baroka at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday night.

Baroka proved too stubborn to break down in the initial stages especially in the midfield where the home side applied a high pressing strategy. The Brazilians were not allowed to play their normal free flowing football but got better just over ten minutes into the match and enjoyed over 60% of ball possession.

Sibusiso Vilakazi turned on the magic in the 17th minute, when he dribbled his way from his own half to release Tebogo Langerman in the Baroka box. Langerman was very unlucky to hit the side-netting, after what looked like Sundowns’ first real chance at goal.

In the 39th minute, Vila was at it again, coming from the right wing with some nifty footwork and finding Hlompho Kekana this time around, creating space to let rip from outside the box but narrowly missed the target.

The first half ended with both sides stuck at 0-0 but Sundowns coming up stronger with a lot of ball possession in the final third.

Six minutes into the second half Anele Ngcongca ventured into the Baroka half and found Kekana in the home side’s D-line with a clever pass, again the Captain attempted his trademark shot and was within inches of goal this time around.

Sundowns finally conjured another chance at goal with 75 minutes on the clock as the ball fell to Lebohang Maboe on the edge of the area, but Elvis Chipezeze was well-positioned to make a good save.

Baroka ended the game with 10-men as Matome Kgoetyane received his marching orders for a reckless tackle on Tebogo Langerman in stoppage-time, but it mattered little as the game ended in a draw.

LINEUP: Denis Onyango; Anele Ngcongca, Motjeka Madisha, Mosa Lebusa, Tebogo Langerman, Tiyani Mabunda, Hlompho Kekana (Andile Jali 75′), Thapelo Morena, Sibusiso Vilakazi (Sphelele Mkhulise 73′), Ali Meza (Mauricio Affonso 52′), Lebohang Maboe.

4 Responses
  1. Johane

    The team played well but they missing a player who can create spaces when the game is tight. There is no much creativity in our midfielders. Strikers are not getting proper supplies hence finding it difficult to score goals. We need more ball sharing and minimize back passes.

  2. Zipho

    Mabunda is da main culprit when it comes to back passes,him n Kekana were outplayed by da Baroka midfield it’s time we realized that the “mabunda-kekana” combination does not work for us because they both lack creativity,so only one must play btwn them.secondly, Maboe n Vilakazi r getting special treatment,they r both off form n do not offer anything, Maboe loses position cheaply n Vilakazi is so lazy,let us give Mkhulise a fair chance to play,not these 10 min he is currently getting

    1. Member Kekana is the engine of Sundowns he is the one that produces long and short passess. Mabunda is just coming back from the injuries and he is one of the deadliest defensive midfielders in the league. Kekana- Mabunda combination scare the North teams just ask them.

  3. ITDowns

    I trust that Pitso and team will bring a rejuvenated performance today against Arrows. Without the creativity of Zwane and Sirino, we seem to be lost. I think we need to reconsider some formations and team selections. If Zwane/Sirino are still not available, then wing play should be our alternative method of winning games. Vila and Maboe are good players but they are currently off-form so rhey must be benched. Langerman needs to be rested a bit as he has been sluggish lately.
    GK: Onyango
    RWB; T Morena
    LWB: Lakay
    RCB: Madisha
    LCB: Lebusa
    CB: Arendse
    CM: Kekana
    CM: Jali
    CM: Mkhulise
    ST: Alfonso
    ST: Meza

    Sub:
    Mwene
    Coetzee
    Langerman
    Vila
    Maboe
    Ngoma
    Mabunda

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