Mamelodi Sundowns went to the New Peter Mokaba Stadium with a clear mandate, three points, and to stretch the lead on top. Masandawana took on Baroka in the tenth game of the DStv Premiership, the log leaders had not lost a game going into this clash.
Masandawana showed as early as the third minute that they are in Limpopo for maximum points and not an excursion, as Peter Shalulile took a shot that was brilliantly saved by Oscarine Masuluke and a few seconds later Themba Zwane saw his volley going above the bar. The home side also tried to throw a few blows at Mamelodi Sundowns, in the eleventh minute, Manuel Kambala’s header was easily saved by Denis Onyango.
Zwane who was returning to the side after being on the sidelines saw his well-taken free-kick saved by Masuluke. Shalulile saw his header rattle the crossbar in the fifteenth minute after a great cross by Lyle Lakay. In the last ten minutes of the first half, the Brazilians could have taken the lead but the Bakgakga keeper made sure that nothing beat him and the half ended with the score at 0-0.
The second half started in the same manner as the first half, as Masandawana kept pushing for that opener, Aubrey Modiba was the one to test Masuluke and the keeper was on par to save the shot from close range. It needed almost an hour for Bafana bastyle to break down that wall of Baroka as Lakay hit a free-kick that saw the keeper well beaten for the opener.
After months of being on the sidelines, Gaston Sirino made his way onto the field as he came on for Modiba at the hour mark. It took the Uruguayan a few minutes to introduce himself to the game as his shot was saved by the keeper for a corner. The Mamelodi Sundowns defence was not tested until in the last twenty minutes of the game but the pairing of Ricardo Nascimento and Brian Onyango was alert to avert any danger poised by Baroka.
With the game almost in the bag, Shalulile made a great turn but was fouled by Denwin Farmer just outside the box, the resulting free-kick was taken by George Maluleka and again that man Masuluke was there to make a great save. Maluleka, Sirino, and Zwane made a great combination which led to the second goal of the day as Zwane scored his eighth goal of the season to seal a 2-0 victory and maintain the unbeaten streak.
How we lined up: D. Onyango, Morena, Nascimento, B. Onyango, Lakay, Mvala (Jali ’79), Coetzee, Zwane, Maboe (Maluleka ’79), Shalulile, Modiba (Sirino 65′)
Subs, Mweene, Langerman, Jali, Maluleka, Mdhluli, Kapinga, Mkhulise, Makgalwa, Sirino