Cape Town - Mamelodi
Sundowns suffered something of a shock defeat despite taking the lead,
as they lost 2-1 to AmaZulu in Saturday's Absa Premiership clash at Lucas
Masterpieces Moripe Stadium.
Sundowns were largely in control and took the lead through a Thokozani Sekotlong strike after good work from Fares Hachi.
After the break, the tide turned as veterans Siyabonga Nomvethe and
Mabhuti Khenyeza scored goals off the bench as Usuthu downed Pitso
Sundowns were in control of the early stages of the game as Pitso
Mosimane's men enjoyed the majority of possession of the ball, with
AmaZulu sitting back in numbers.
It paid dividends in the eighth minute as good play from Fares Hachi
saw the Algerian left-back play in Thokozani Sekotlong, who finished
beyond Boalefa Pule with a smart side-footed finish.
Percy Tau was leading Sundowns' line well alongside Sekotlong, with
his pace and trickery causing plenty of problems. Subsequently, he came
close to making it 2-0 when he volleyed a cross narrowly over the bar.
The Brazilians thought they may have doubled their advantage just
before the break as Tau flicked the ball past Pule, but it was turned
down after an offside flag was raised. Michael Morton appealed for a
penalty just before half-time, though he was not given a decision as
Usuthu rarely threatened.
After the interval, substitute George Lebese had an effort on goal in
the 62nd minute but he saw his effort blocked from close to the
six-yard box. Moments later the lively Tau thought he was in on goal,
however, Pule was sharp off his line to clear the danger with a sliding
The visitors brought on Nomvethe and he was close to
finding a surprise equaliser though Brimah Razak was up to the task with
a brilliant save down low. However, the 39-year-old would not be denied
as he smashed home in the 80th minute, after an assist from fellow
Against much of the odds many would have suggested, Khenyeza popped
up to score the winner in the 88th minute as he converted from
Nomvethe's delivery to hand the Durban side a famous win.