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Sundowns blow it, Ngele let down by his Stars

09 April 2015 - 02:51 By Staff Reporter

Mamelodi Sundowns desperately needed a win but they - anxiously trying to hold on to their Absa Premiership title despite trailing log leaders Kaizer Chiefs - blew it when they drew 1-1 with Mpumalanga Black Aces at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit last night. Or was it referee Thabo Nkosi who spoiled it after allowing Bongani Zungu's last-gasp goal to stand - even though there was an infringement on Aces goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane - and then changing his mind?Sundowns relied on Teko Modise's coolly taken penalty in the 43rd minute to take the lead.Aces midfielder Onyekachi Okonkwo brought the Mpumalanga outfit back on level terms not even a minute after Modise had broken the deadlock.Chiefs probably watched the proceedings with glee because Sundowns only reduced the gap at the top to seven points. Amakhosi are in action tonight against AmaZulu.Tshepang Mailwane reports from Orlando Stadium in Soweto that Platinum Stars' Mogakolodi Ngele had every right to blame his defenders for ruining one of the greatest nights of his life.Ngele - who spent most of this season warming the bench under previous coach Allan Freese - scored a hat-trick as Dikwena drew 3-3 against Orlando Pirates last night.The playmaker's first goal was struck after the half-hour mark, beating Bucs goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo with a sweet left-footed long-range strike.Mpho Makola pulled one back on the stroke of halftime for the hosts.But Dikwena went into the break with a lead after a brilliantly curled set piece from Ngele left Mhlongo dazed.Again Stars were let down by poor defending early in the second period, allowing Pirates captain Oupa Manyisa to get into the box and score at the near post.Ngele completed his hat-trick with a magnificent strike after the hour-mark, running with the ball for a few metres before unleashing a powerful shot.The shot gave substitute Pirates goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane no chance.Ngele must have thought he had done enough to help his side secure a second straight win after the victory against Ajax Cape Town at the weekend, but the Dikwena defence let the star performer down again.Stars goalie Kabelo Dambe came off his line after a corner kick was taken and Pirates midfielder Issa Sarr got in front of him and headed the ball into the net...

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