Tshwane - Mamelodi Sundowns dominated from start to finish as they
trumped Thanda Royal Zulu 2-0 in a Nedbank Cup fixture at Loftus Stadium in
Tshwane on Saturday.
Alje Schut and Teko Modise found the back of the net in a
deserved win for Pitso Mosimane's troops.
Sundowns follow fellow Absa Premiership heavyweights Orlando
Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs into the round of 16.
It was all 'Downs in the early exchanges with the current
Absa Premiership champions eager to find the back of the net in an attempt to
get rid of any early jitters.
Kudakwashe Mahachi and Alje Schut provided an early scare
for the visitors with the Brazilians captain causing Thanda all sorts of
problems from set-pieces.
Amabhubesi though were going to have their chances and
almost grabbed the lead in the 23rd minute.
A long ball forward found Sandile Mazibuko who set-up NFD
top scorer Phumelele Bhengu for the turn and shot, but his effort lacked power
as Denis Onyango made an easy save.
Bhengu continued to trouble a new look 'Downs back four
which included Siyanda Zwane at right-back and Ramahlwe Mphahlele at
centre-back. The former Chippa United man though was unable to turn his menacing
runs into goals.
Despite the attacking promise showed by either side in the
first-half, neither could find the back of the net before the break as the
opening stanza came to a fiery finish.
The Brazilians found the opener through Schut seven minutes
after the break.The Dutch defender with a thunderous header at the back post to
fire the home side into the lead.
'Downs had a chance to double their lead in the 75th minute
after Siyanda Zwane was fouled inside the penalty area. Modise stepped up and
made no mistake to net his seventh goal of the season.
The hosts saw out the rest of the game with relative ease as
they booked their place in the next round.
Schut, S.Zwane, Zungu, Modise,Laffor (Kekana 44'), Mahachi (T.Zwane 70'),
Billiat, Malajila (Moriri 78')
Sekete, Zitha, Thopola, Bhengu, Nene, Ntuli (Mncube 45+1'), Maela, Mazibuko
(Dlamini 72'), Hlophe (Smith 85')