Sundowns demolish AmaZulu
Mamelodi Sundowns bounced back to winning ways by handing struggling AmaZulu a 4-0 drubbing in a Castle Premiership match at Super Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
After an uninspiring and error-filled game that saw the champions opening the New Year badly by losing 0-1 to Jomo Cosmos, the star-studded Sundowns wanted this win more than anything else as they were going through a lean spell.
With the nerves jangling and confidence at its lowest ebb, ?The Brazilians? began the brighter side, roared by a small contingent of their fans.
It took barely four minutes for them to find the back of the net when wonder-boy Surprise Moriri beautifully set up predatory Jose Torrealba who easily beat the advancing AmaZulu goalkeeper Tshepo Motsoeneng to make the scoreline 1-0.
The second goal was a typical Sundowns style when offensive midfielder Godfrey Sapula fed winger Lerato Chabangu who curled a stunner to increase the score to 2-0 in the 53rd minute to produce a determined second-half display.
For both Moriri and Torrealba who were chastised by under-fire coach Gordon Igesund for not giving their usual imperious best, they clearly upped their tempo and deserve to be applauded as they formed a deadly combination that saw them getting into the scoreshit.
The third goal came through substitute Peter Ndlovu who came in for Torrealba in the second half, was a stunner as he also curled it to the far post and that left the sorry Motsoeneng bemused.
The last goal was a tap in by Moriri after Motsoeneng failed to hold on to Chabangu?s shot in regulation time.
Contrast Amazulu?s performance midweek with this and you may rightly think ?Usuthu? have different teams. Desperately fortune to upset Benoni Premier United, it was back to reality as they sank to familiar depths.
For coach Reggie Shelembe and Technical Director Ted Dumitru, they must be worried as they barely mustered any shots worthy of the name despite a chance by striker Bulelani Matross whose shot went over the bar after he was gifted a chance by Moriri in the 23rd minute.
Sundowns should have buried their opponents with avalanche of goals but wayward shooting and impatience in front of goals let them down badly.
Esrom Nyandoro was unlucky when his thunderous free-kick went just under the cross- bar with Motsoeneng well beaten.
Following that, the first half was generated into a series of spiteful fouls, Martin Carelse, Belux Kasango and Nkosana Qaba as agent provocateurs.
Sundowns remained in control after the break and high-earner Ndlovu was a whisker away from making it 3-0 a minute after coming in the 63rd minute.
But what followed later were two quick goals through Ndlovu and a regulation tap in by Moriri to ensure that Sundowns chances of retaining their title are well on track, something that will give club President Patrice Motsepe the bragging rights.
Sundowns (4-4-2): Calvin Marlin, Vuyo Mere, Oscar Ntwagae, Benson Mhlongo, Michael Manzini (David Kannemeyer 77), Esrom Nyandoro, Godfrey Sapula, Surprise Moriri, Josta Dladla Jose Torrealba (Peter Ndlovu)
Coach: Gordon Igesund
AmaZulu (4-4-2): Tshepo Motsoeneng, Belux Kasango, Martin Carelse, Nkosana Qaba, Shoes Moshoeu, Sigwili Piwe (Siphesihle Ngobese 20), Biyela Bafo, Effort Sithole, Nhlanhla Zwane, Bulelani Matross, Dumisani Ngwenya
Coach: Reggie Shelembe
Referee: Peter Mabuza
Cautions: Carelse 37
By Patrick Baloyi/Backpagepix