The Brazilians Paint The Town Yellow In The Tshwane Derby!

Mamelodi Sundowns achieved a new record with a fourth straight league title after an incredible 3-1 victory over SuperSport United in the Tshwane Derby on Wednesday evening.

The game started at a high-tempo and less than a minute into the encounter Gaston Sirino came close to opening the scoring as he rounded Ronwen Williams in goal before striking the upright. Minutes later, playmaker Sphelele Mkhulise was on the receiving end of a foul from SuperSport’s Guily Manziba, who was immediately shown a red card for dangerous play. 

With the visitors down to ten men, both sides made early substitutions. Lebohang Maboe came on in place of Mkhulise, and the attacker showed his determination to get his name on the scoresheet, immediately testing Williams after Sirino’s corner kick.

Abafana Ba Style displayed character by the bucket load to complement their class and quality as another build-up of great touches between Sirino and winger Aubrey Modiba resulted in the opening goal of the Derby scored by Maboe, who bagged his second of the season.

Masandawana maintained composed and focused and shortly after scored their second and third goals within three minutes of each other, courtesy of Aubrey Modiba and Themba Zwane – with ‘Postman’ Modiba being instrumental in both. Downs went into the break 3-0 up ahead of their neighbours and had one hand on another league title.

The second half began with The Brazilians attacking aggressively, and Williams was forced to stop Sirino’s shot on target when Matsatsantsa’s defence failed to keep up with the pacey attacker. Keenan Philips was a kept busy man on the night and was adjudged to have handled in the box area giving Masandawana a penalty. Zwane stepped up to face his national teammate Williams and get himself a brace on the night, however Williams was up to the task as he stopped the shot and kept United from conceding another goal.

The visitors created a potential goal scoring opportunity as a deadly Bradley Grobler shot hit the upright. Brian Onyango’s slip over the ball in the middle of the field presented an opportunity for Grobler, however Mosa Lebusa was on duty and ended any threats towards the goals.

Downs made four substitutions in the second half with Promise Mkhuma, Mothobi Mvala, Mauricio Affonso and Sibusiso Vilakazi making their way onto the pitch.

Tebogo Mokoena clawed one back for the visitors as he made it 3-1 on the night with a strike from distance. Denis Onyango made crucial saves in the last minutes of the match as SuperSport looked for a second goal with determination however, after resisting multiple tests, Onyango was unfortunate to suffer an injury that forced him off. Brian Onyango stepped in to fill the boots of his namesake as the game headed towards the final whistle.

Mamelodi Sundowns ended the DStv Premiership season in style, clinching the title after twenty-seven matches played. The team will be looking to finish on a high with three games to play in the domestic campaign.

Aubrey Modiba walked away with the Man of the match award for his brilliant performance on the night.

How we lined up:

Onyango, Lebusa ©, B. Onyango, Morena, Modiba, Coetzee (77’ Mvala), Jali (77’ Mkhuma), Mkhulise (18’ Maboe), Zwane, Sirino (77’ Vilakazi), Erasmus (58’ Affonso).

Subs: Mweene, Affonso, Mkhuma, Nascimento, Lakay, Mudau, Maboe, Vilakazi, Mvala.

4 Responses
  1. jimmy

    kabo yelo all the way – frustrate and then suffocate the enemy. when there is no enemy within the outside enemy wont hurt us yellow nation. let us prepare for next season now coaches. there is no resting on your laurels .there is huge expectations on your heads so start preparing now.You have set a benchmark which we’ll use as the yardstick to judge you guys come next season.

  2. DOWNS4EVER

    Now that the league wrapped up,is time to give young talents a chance in the last three games,the likes of Mageman,Domingo,Makgalwa,we need to start preparing for the future now.Lastly i think we are not optimally utilizing Modiba’s talent by playing him as a left back,the boy is a hard worker,technical gifted,skillful,above all he is a very clever player. I think he would be effective in an attacking position,with so much talent in the team i don’t see why we are not releasing Sirino.Good players like Zungu,Dolly,Billiat and Tau left us but we remained strong,won trophies,so no player is indispensable at Downs.

    1. Sbedula

      Congratulations boys Im happy you come out with something this season, please don’t relax even against Supersport you should have score more than three Caz the chances were there so next game score goals guys and lastly coaches give those who are not getting game time chance to play

  3. Malandela

    I once asked masandawana how we should approach the last 3 games, I for one wanna keep it 1 loss the entire season, our top players and our regular players have nothing to rest for, we out of CAF, so bring back Peter, I’m sure he can still beat Grobler with 3 games remaining, remember members trying new combinations now dsnt guarantee wins.

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