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Sundowns' woes continue

2012-10-06 22:23

Atteridgeville - Mamelodi Sundowns’ woeful recent run continued when they lost 1-0 to Platinum Stars at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday night.
 
A poor game of soccer was decided by a single goal from Henrico Botes, who capitalised on a Sundowns mistake to give his side the three points and deepen the crises at Chloorkop.
 
The visitors might have been ahead inside the opening few minutes when Botes was sent clear on goal, but after a poor first touch saw his effort saved by Sundowns goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands
 
Eleazar Rodgers should have put Sundowns ahead too as he found himself all alone at the near post from Julies’ cross, but his header towards an empty net was high and wide.
 
Dikwena were in front on 14 minutes and it was all of Sundowns’ own doing. Esrom Nyandoro’s first touch was terrible and Botes was left to have a free run on goal before emphatically burying his opportunity past Sandilands,
 
Rodgers almost restored parity with a fine 35-yard effort that was well saved by Siyabonga Mpontshane in the visitors’ goal.
 
Stars felt they should have had a penalty when Thuso Phala was felled by Sandilands but was flagged offside. However, replays showed that the ball was played back by Sundowns defender Clayton Daniels, therefore playing Phala onside.
 
The second half was disappointing and it took until 25 minutes in for the first real site of goal, Masenamela shooting from range but Mpontshane made a comfortable save.
 
Substitute Anthony Lafford almost brought the home side level when his volley from Rodgers’ flick went wide.
 
Nyandoro fired wide with a free-kick, while Nyasha Mushekwi could not get any power behind his shot.  
 
Sundowns must have known it was not to be their evening when Rodgers’ goal-bound effort was cleared off the line by substitute Enocent Mkhabela, ensuring Stars would walk away with the three points.
 
Both of these sides will now wait until Monday night’s Telkom Knockout first round draw to see who their next fixtures will be against after the international break, but Sundowns’ next League assignment is away at Ajax Cape Town on October 27 and Stars host Free State Stars on the same day.
 

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Comments
  • zipho500 - 2012-10-06 22:30

    Sad state of affairs at chloorkop,very sad indeed!

      hendrick.selolo - 2012-10-07 00:45

      firing Trot won't help, the players are jst performing period, ke dikhothane. All they care abt is Motsepe's moolah

      Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-10-07 04:10

      The coach must walk...

  • varena.vahuu - 2012-10-06 22:43

    We want goals pliz. Playing good is only through good results.

  • Tebogo Matlou - 2012-10-06 23:39

    we cant all be Downs managers! we distracting! Merikana is what i see in Downs football lots of divisions non strategy aligned

  • hendrick.selolo - 2012-10-07 00:25

    i can play better than most of M Sundowns players, no disrespect.

  • Siyabonga Adolphas Buthelezi - 2012-10-07 01:33

    Thats a big fat lie and you know it.

  • Chikane - 2012-10-07 06:47

    I havnt schooled well, bt I once read abou ROI,Return-On-Investment, n Motsepe will never realise that day of ROI comin. I thot money solves problems, bt I nw tend to differ. However, I still need more money to have 1st hand experience!

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-10-07 07:02

    OLX is a good place to sell this team

  • Bafana Joseph - 2012-10-07 07:09

    sundowns sucks big time

  • goodman.segage - 2012-10-07 07:44

    It happens to every team

  • donald.mokgata - 2012-10-07 09:09

    The only way to solve this prblm is if the sundowns fans join the mighty amakhosi

  • donald.mokgata - 2012-10-07 09:10

    The only way to solve this prblm is if the sundowns fans join the mighty amakhosi

  • donald.mokgata - 2012-10-07 09:11

    The only way to solve this prblm is if the sundowns fans join the mighty amakhosi

  • polelo.phokwane - 2012-10-07 09:22

    This stupid coach must go.Why is he playing tired Nyandoro at the back?Why is he playing clueless and one- footed Daniels as a sweeper?why doesn't he leave ever hard working Mounjale at the bench?why did he do away with speedy Hanyekane?why is he punishing Manqele with useless long balls.Sundowns must leave old Nyandoro and Moriri at bench and play the real 4-4-2 with Langerman and Laffor doing only crosses and speedy Modise,Nyadama,kekana,sangwene attacking.

  • Tando Dikela Zito - 2012-10-07 10:02

    I think Sundowns should try to bring back Disprin as their sponsor and distribute those pain killers to their poor fan who suffer from non-stop headaches. Come n join the Mighty Amakhosi if u wanna be happy

      Mpho Mashabela - 2012-10-07 11:46

      ha ha nice one

  • david.mbombi - 2012-10-07 13:39

    wil de so-called president focus on de team dan moving up n down trying 2 protect zuma n hs group @ anc. Or he sell de club n concentrate on robbing poor miners wit hs political party. Sis man

  • siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-07 16:16

    Let me qualify my comment I posted exactly after the match that the starting point to arrest the rot at the once mighty Masandawana is fire Trott and his entire entourage. How many coaches have been fired under his watch, how many trophies won? At what stage does he develop a keen interest to a player? Does he have to wait until another team shows it? When Bobby Motaung says I want so and so, he open an unnecessary auction. Just recently Bobby shown an interest in Dikgang Mabalane, guess what Trott did. He wanted him. Chiefs pulled out, he also did. Mabalane went to Swallows. Get it? I would fire him first thing in the morning without batting an eye.

      malawulani - 2012-10-08 20:34

      Final it helps 2 knw that im nt alone seeing this, siphom.mguni if u check fb status on sunday i said the same thing, as long as trott and ted are there, nt even mourinho can succed @sundows, each year good and expesive players r bought and the one bought year b4 r doing nothing. bcoz they r the one buying players, when the players dont want what coach does they run back to the 1 who bought, gues what he does...pollute them agains the coach, three bulls in one kraal. wow, mr motsepe must wake up, im khosi4life fan but foot is interesting when your biggest opponent r on their feet nt down, yer we laughing, footballwise it kill our soccer, bcoz national team strikers like manqele etc what does it do to their confindence. plz

  • nkosinathi.dyantyi.9 - 2012-10-07 17:54

    Downs be carefully or u will ply a play offs or automatically religated

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