Mamelodi Sundowns moved level on points with Kaizer Chiefs at the top of the Absa Premiership standings after securing a victory over their Soweto rivals on Thursday evening. Seventeen-year-old Keletso Sifama was handed a start by Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp as Leonardo Castro, who was doubtful in the build-up, missed out through injury.
Denis Onyango failed a late fitness test for the Brazilians, with Kennedy Mweene continuing in goal. Chiefs had a wonderful opportunity to take the lead in the 14th minute.
After a beautifully constructed counter-attack, Lebogang Manyama released Bernard Parker through on goal with the perfect through ball but the Amakhosi frontman fluffed his lines at the crucial moment. With 20 minutes gone, the Brazilians won another free-kick on the edge of the box after Gaston Sirino was fouled by Yagan Sasman.
Lakay's dangerous free-kick bent around the wall and was heading towards the top right-hand corner but Akpeyi did well to tip the ball around the post. And Sundowns deservedly took the lead in the 35th minute. Rivaldo Coetzee played the ball in to the feet of Zwane, who produced a moment of a magic with a back-heeled flick in to the path of Sirino as the Uruguayan finished with aplomb in to the bottom right-hand corner. On the stroke of half-time, Hlompho Kekana's raking, long ball over the top of the Chiefs defence released Sirino, who cut inside far too easily past Erick Mathoho.
However, Akpeyi came to the rescue as he thwarted the danger swiftly by diving to claim the ball at the feet of the Downs' dangerman. Shortly after the resumption, Parker unleashed a fierce long-range drive that forced Mweene in to drastically having to tip the ball over his bar with the Zambian goalkeeper lambasting his defence for giving the Amakhosi frontman too much time and space.
Chiefs looked sharper after the break were trying to grind their way back in to the game but were coming up a stubborn Downs rear-guard. They did get in behind in the 52nd minute with a promising move, forcing Mweene to bravely dive at the feet of Zuma after he had played a good one-two with Manyama.
Midway through the second stanza, Mathoho's shot forced Mweene in to parrying the ball in to the path of Zuma, who looked set to score but his shot was inadvertently blocked by his own player Billiat.
And Maboe also made an instant impact with his persistence so nearly paying dividends after he worked his way in to the Chiefs box but he was denied by the feet of Akpeyi. The Brazilians showed their experience and know-how in the latter stages to manage their lead and see out the victory to claim a crucial victory in the Absa Premiership title race.
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Only four games separate the South African giants from entering the group stage phase with a preliminary round and first-round qualification system that will take place over two legs in the traditional home and away format.
The current coefficient system ranks the Absa Premiership amongst the 12 leading nations on the continent, thus along with Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, DR Congo, Zambia, Nigeria, Guinea, Angola and Sudan will have two representatives in the opening stage.
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Chiefs created the first major opening of the game in the 13 th minute when they broke down a Sundowns attack and Reeve Frosler managed to play the ball to Willard Katsande. Katsande sent Bernard Parker free down the middle as Parker bore down on goal and with Kennedy Mweene committed off his line, he sent the ball to his right to Lazalous Kambole who attempted a shot but with bodies in his way set up Keletso Sifama, whose effort at goal was blocked by Mosa Lebusa.
In the 20 th minute, Daniel Akpeyi pulled off a superb save as he jumped up off the ground to turn a venomous curling free kick from around 22 yards out by Lyle Lakay round his post with his fingertips to keep his goal intact.
Zwane backheeled the ball to Sirino, who raced onto the ball and drilled it past Akpeyi to hand Sundowns the lead. Sirino ran onto a long ball down the left and was able to get beyond Mulomowandau Mathoho.
With the goal in front of him, Sirino could not get past the Chiefs goalie who sprawled across the ground, pushed the ball away before collecting it and averting the danger. Four minutes into stoppage time at the end of the first half, Bernard Parker managed to find Kambole, but he was unable to make full contact with the ball and the danger was averted as Sundowns took a lead into the break. Chiefs made their intentions clear at the start of the second half that they intended to battle their way back into the game.
In the 48 th minute, Parker had a go from distance but Mweene managed to get a hand on to the ball and it hit the cross bar on its way out for a Chiefs corner.
Chiefs continued to keep up the pressure and in the 52 nd minute, a good spell of pressure saw second half substitute Zuma being played into space by Manyama after he had initially passed the ball to him. He went for goal from a tight angle and Mweene came out to block his effort. Six minutes later, Chiefs were on the attack again. Yagan Sasman sent the ball over from the right wing to the far post, where Mathoho did well to control the ball and knocked it goal wards. Mweene stuck out a leg, the ball fell to Zuma whose drive towards goal hit Khama Billiat.
A defensive mix between the Chiefs backline almost allowed Sundowns to double their lead in the 77 th minute. Lebohang Maboe was able to go past Daniel Cardoso. As he came close to goal, Mathoho tried to clear the ball which hit Sasman. The bal then l fell to Maboe who from close range beat Akpeyi but knocked the ball against the upright.
With the game nearing its end in the 88 th minute, Frosler sent in another telling ball from the right which Mathoho attacked and managed to back heel towards goal.
Again, Mweene was able to get down and make the save. Deep in referees added time at the end of the second half, Billiat headed a cross by Parker from the right over the goal as Chiefs failed to find an equaliser late in the game.Billiat joined Chiefs in but has struggled to replicate the form that saw him being mentioned as a household player in the Premier Soccer League PSL.
The year-old ended the campaign with three goals and two assists in 25 matches across all competitions which are his lowest numbers ever during his time in South Africa. While he appeared to have picked form a bit at the tail end of last season, Billiat appeared frustrated for the better part of the campaign amid reports of a strained relationship with former Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp. Pitso Mosimane loves Khama.
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He has publicly said it many times. In Peter Ndlovu [Sundowns team manager] he had a big brother who saw it all and was guiding him. Peter never hid his brotherly love for Khama. Patrice Motsepe admires the young man. The Sundowns fans love Khama. We all know what a great player Khama is and he needs a team where he can express himself and thrive. Sundowns is the perfect fit.
The hatchet should be buried if there was ever any hatchet. Zimbabwe needs a firing Khama. Kaizer Chiefs. Michael Madyira. The Zimbabwean has struggled to spark since arriving at the Soweto giants in More teams.Sundowns, who are embarking on a new era after Pitso Mosimane departed for Al Ahly, will have joint head coaches Manqoba Mngqithi and Rhulani Mokwena in the dugout aiming to send out a clear statement. Masandawana added 13 players to their already star-studded squad while Chiefs, who are still under a FIFA transfer ban, will be hoping their CAS appeal proves successful in order to bolster their options.
Despite their restrictions, Chiefs still hold one of the most powerful squads in the South African top-flight, which Hunt will be aiming to motivate to reach new heights and end their five-year trophy drought. Meanwhile, in another tantalising clash Orlando Pirates will travel to Jonsson Kings Park to face a renewed AmaZulu side that has been boosted by the recent takeover by South African billionaire Sandile Zungu.
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