Sundowns rack up 24 goals
Hlompho Kekana (Backpage)
Johannesburg - Premiership leaders Mamelodi Sundowns ran riot against a hapless Powerlines FC outfit, storming to a record 24-0 victory in a Nedbank Cup clash in Kimberley on Sunday.
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.
Hlompho Kekana netted seven times to lead the charge, with Nyasha Mushekwi bagging six goals and Richard Henyekane pitching in with five strikes.
Kekana and Henyekane scored in rapid succession early on, netting twice each to give 'Downs a 4-0 lead after 20 minutes.
Kekana found the back of the net again with a diving header for his hat-trick, only half an hour in, but Mushekwi then stole the show.
The Zimbabwean showed no mercy, finishing off with complete control to bag five goals in the space of 23 minutes, trashing any hope the hosts had of fighting their way back into the game.
Holding an unassailable lead, Sundowns held nothing back in the second half as they mercilessly stretched the gap.
Mushekwi scored once more before he was taken off, and Kekana spearheaded the dominant attack, bagging another four goals in the second stanza.
Henyekane netted a second-half hat-trick to help seal the visiting side's stamp on the match.
Debutant Samuel Julies, replacement Lebohang Mokoena and Elias Pelembe each scored a brace to round things off.
Powerlines, who were left flailing in the first half, fought back briefly in the second period, but failed to take advantage after breaking through the 'Downs defence on a few occasions.
Nedbank Cup results:
Maritzburg Utd 2 (Ncubeni 102, Sibisi 120+2) Bloemfontein Celtic 0 - aet
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
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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