Three goals, three points is how we finished matchday one of the 2020/21 season. One of the biggest clashes of the new season has come and gone and ended with a big result for Masandawana. The last time the Brazilians played Amakhosi in the opening game of the season it ended in a one-all draw at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.
Few changes were made to the starting lineup from the side that did their duty in the MTN 8 loss to Celtic. Thapelo Morena made his return to the side after being on the sidelines after being injured against SuperSport United. Andile Jali and Kermit Erasmus also made their way into the starting eleven.
The game started off well as the home side wanted to inflict some pain to Masandawana, but the great big blue wall withstood all that was thrown at them. It only took the Brazilians twelve minutes to threaten the home side’s goals as Hlompho Kekana had his shot saved by Itumeleng Khune. In the twenty-first minute Peter Shalulile had a chance saved by Ramahlwe Mphahlele after he beat Khune outside the box, but the former Masandawana player was in place to clear the danger. However, the Namibian international needed only thirty-six minutes to register his first goal for the Brazilians.
After the first stanza, Masandawana held their heads high and continued to dominate the second half. They needed only eight minutes to find the second goal as Kermit Erasmus registered his first goal and the second goal for the day.
The home side kept on pushing for that elusive goal that would bring them back into the game but that did not produce any result and Masandawana managed to take advantage as substitute George Maluleka was fouled in the box by Khune which presented the Brazilians with a chance to take the three points with three goals scored. Themba Zwane stepped up to score his first of the season.
How we lined up: Onyango, Morena (76′ Mudau), Nascimento, Madisha, Lakay, Jali, Kekana (70′ Maluleka), Coetzee, Zwane, Shalulile (70′ Domingo), Erasmus (56′ Maboe)
Subs: Mweene, Mudau, Domingo, Maluleka, Lebusa, Mvala, Modiba, Mkhulise, Maboe