PSL

'Downs suffer MTN8 exit at the hands of Maritzburg

2017-08-13 18:34
Evans Rusike (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns were dumped out in the quarter-finals of the MTN8 after losing 1-0 to Maritzburg United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday.

Evans Rusike's goal just before the hour mark proved to be the difference between the two sides as the visitors shocked the Champions of Africa in front of their home supporters.

The Team of Choice now move onto the semi-finals - where they will face SuperSport United.

For the first domestic fixture of the season, Sundowns supporters turned out in their numbers with a wave of optimism.

The club's two star signings Oupa Manyisa and George Lebese were paraded before the encounter as they settled for a place on Pitso Mosimane's bench.

Despite the Brazilians boasting a star-studded starting XI, including Khama Billiat, Percy Tau and Themba Zwane - they were unable to find a way past goalkeeper Bongani Mpandle.

Both sides enjoyed half-chances throughout the first half with neither side looking threatening of actually opening the scoring.

However, Lebohang Maboe forced two great saves out of Kennedy Mweene, who was handed a rare start ahead of Dennis Onyango.

But the Zambia international was powerless to prevent Rusike's opening strike in 58th minute as the Zimbabwean hitman pounced on a loose ball in the area to direct a shot underneath the diving body of the shot-stopper.

It proved to be a real kick in the teeth for the home side who just moments earlier smashed the post through a Thabo Nthethe header.

Maritzburg managed to hold on to a historic win to oust last season's finalists.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Tuesday, 22 August 2017
Mamelodi Sundowns v Polokwane City, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 19:30
Chippa United v AmaZulu FC, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 19:30
Baroka FC v Orlando Pirates, Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
Wednesday, 23 August 2017
Cape Town City FC v Platinum Stars, Cape Town Stadium 19:30
Kaizer Chiefs v SuperSport United, FNB Stadium 19:30
Free State Stars v Wits, Goble Park 19:30
Maritzburg United v Ajax Cape Town, Harry Gwala Stadium 19:30
Golden Arrows v Bloemfontein Celtic, Princess Magogo Stadium 19:30
Tuesday, 12 September 2017
Free State Stars v Mamelodi Sundowns, Goble Park 19:30
AmaZulu FC v Maritzburg United, King Zwelithini Stadium 19:30
Chippa United v Baroka FC, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 19:30
Polokwane City v Bloemfontein Celtic, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
Orlando Pirates v Ajax Cape Town, Orlando Stadium 19:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 PSL season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.