Soccer

24-0! Our spirit not broken

2012-03-04 19:56
Cornelius Brandt (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - Powerlines FC coach Cornelius Brandt said his side would hold their heads high despite their thumping 24-0 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns in their Nedbank Cup clash in Kimberley on Sunday.

"Our heart and our spirit is not broken," Brandt said.

"This is Mamelodi Sundowns and they're a good team.

"The clubs in our league will suffer after the experience we got from this game."

Brandt said he had tried to motivate his players during the break but they were up against a wall.

"I asked them to calm down and to relax," he said.

"It seems the stage was too big for them and they fell away."

Sundowns led 10-0 at half-time against their amateur opponents, and stormed clear in the second period to state their intent, progressing to the last 16 of the knockout competition.

The scoreline improved the previous record winning margin of 16-0 in South African top-flight domestic competition, which had stood for 36 years.

Nedbank Cup results:


Friday:

Maritzburg Utd 2 (Ncubeni 102, Sibisi 120+2) Bloemfontein Celtic 0 - aet

Saturday:

African Warriors 1 (Zakazaka 15) Jomo Cosmos 2 (Dondo 74, Nhlapo 90+1)
Golden Arrows 5 (Nkosi 2, Sheppard 41, Mbesuma 54, 76, Gabuza 79) North West Shining Stars 0

Kaizer Chiefs 3 (Baloyi 27, Khune 69, Majoro 71) Cape Town All Stars 0

Mpumalanga Black Aces 1 (Mweiikisa 42) Witbank Spurs 1 (Rooi 72) - aet

Spurs win 3-2 on penalties

Sunday:

Batau 1 (Mabusela 68) SuperSport Utd 1 (Khenyeza 39) - aet

SuperSport win 4-2 on penalties

Powerlines 0 Mamelodi Sundowns 24 (Kekana 7, 15, 31, 50, 61, 78, 80, Henyekane 12, 20, 56, 72, 74, Muskekwi 24, 41, 43, 45+1, 45+2, 52, Julies 54, 76, Pelembe 65, 70, Mokoena 71, 90+1)

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