The Brazilians Sink Richards Bay to Reach the Nedbank Cup Last 16

A moment of magic from Ralani, De Reuck, Safranko and Shalulile gave Downs victory over the KwaZulu-Natal outfit. 

A hot contest of football emerged at the Princess Magogo Stadium as Bafana Ba Style got back in action with their first task of the new year. The hosts did not hold back in their attacks against Downs, Sibonginhlanhla Mthethwa came forth with a scoring opportunity for the hosts, with his shot going wide to give Kennedy Mweene a chance to regroup his defense, another chance at goal for Richards Bay applied pressure on Masandawana’s defense but no luck for the hosts.

Bafana Ba Style got into their momentum with passes exchanged on the right wing, Thabiso Kutumela’s blast at Bays goalie Malcolm Jacobs was enough to allow for a rebound, with the ball lending on Bradley Ralani’s chest, the new recruit shot one home for the Yellow Nation and marked his perfect debut into the star-studded team.

Moments before heading into the break, Masandawana looked to extend their lead with Andile Jali who was leading the team taking his first shot at goal. The defending Champions went into the break with a 1-0 lead over their opponents.

The hosts then became spectators for much of the second half, while superiority of the Tshwane giants was rewarded with defender Rushine De Reuck heading home from Kutumela’s delivery, making it his first goal in the Nedbank Cup competition. Mweene shortly forced a superb save from Richards Bay who rarely troubled the hosts on the counter-attack.

Bafana Ba Style remained in control of the game and substitutions were made, Slovak international Pavol Safranko made his way into the pitch together with The Brazilians new kid on the block Teboho Mokoena as Rivaldo Coetzee and Kutumela made their way off the pitch.

Khuliso Mudau’s role on the wing proved to be Downs’ added advantage in the game, the pacey full back got his chance at goal coming face to face with Jacobs, but the blasteeing shot was saved. Combinations between Themba Zwane and Mudau dismantled Bay’s defensive line, Safranko was well positioned to finish off an in-swinger from Mudau and Masandawana solidified their intent on the evening in the #KeYona knockout cup. 

Bafana Ba Style controlled a tight contest throughout and looked to score more goals, Lakay delivered a fierce shot on target after Ralani’s foul outside the 18 area hitting the top corner of the goalposts. A follow up in attack kept Masandawana in possession, Lesedi Kapinga who had just made his way in for Andile Jali was in action with Lakay, together connecting with Namibian international Shalulile who finally put the ball at the back of the net to bury the hosts chances of a comeback.

Mudau’s brilliance rightly earned him the Man of the Match award.

This is how we lined up:

Mweene, R. Coetzee (61′ Mokoena), L. Lakay, B. Onyango, R. De Reuck, A. Jali © (77′ Kapinga), K. Mudau, B. Ralani, T. Kutumela (61′ Safranko), T. Zwane (77′ Domingo), P. Shalulile.


Pieterse, M. Mvala, A. Modiba, T. Morena, H. Domingo, L. Kapinga, T. Mokoena, S. Vilakazi, P. Safranko (88′ Morena).

4 Responses
  1. Ronnie Bothma

    Good win… We started slow. But we were professional. Shout out to Ralani… What a game he had. Close to being man of the match. Mudau was tops. Jali was king as usual. Overall very good performance

  2. Jero

    Weldone yellow Nation. Actually we are developing that habit of letting the teams dominate in the first few minutes of the first half. I don’t mind with that as long as we make sure we keep it tight at the back. What l think is a secret weapon which gives our opponents motivation and end up getting themselves vanable at the back not packing a Bus. Another thing it becomes little bit of challenge if you do not have someone like our Brazilian defender whose comfortable on the ball with that pass which unlock our opponents when they try to press us high. I think in that situation we should have one of central Middlefielders dropping in with defenders to start the play instead of spacing for the ball . Cause having Mandela example with the ball once he loses a ball there is a big risk.
    My opinion
    Nice weekend yellow Nation

  3. Downs4ever

    Good victory,I think what sets us apart from other teams is unity among players,players on the pitch and in the stands are united and we also make new players feel at ease and welcome them with open arms.I was disappointed not to see either Pieterse or Goss in the field because they are equally good keepers,even better than Mweene and Onyango in terms of distribution.We need to sign another central defender or sometimes pair De Reuck with Coetzee when Kekana is injured.Coetzee is comfortable on the ball,good reader and passer of the ball,he plays like Nascimento,because what I saw in Mandela is a disgrace,can’t mark or make an accurate forward pass.Him and Lebusa don’t fit in Dows’ style of play.Something need to be done b4 we play champions league,the two will cost us heavily.

  4. Jero

    Down4ver fully agreed with you. I think we should start shopping for the stylish defender. I have lost confidence on lebusa his concentration positioning and decesion making is a bit concern to me Onyango flexibility and accuracy is not there. Rest in peace Madisha l missed that ball