SOCCER

AmaZulu punish wasteful Sundowns

26 October 2017 - 21:03 By MAHLATSE MPHAHLELE

Pitso Mosimane suffered a second defeat in four days as Mamelodi Sundowns allowed AmaZulu to register a come-from-behind victory last night.
Veteran strikers Siyabonga Nomvethe and Mabhuti Khenyeza scored in quick succession for the visitors in the closing stages after Thokozani Sekotlong gave hosts Sundowns an early lead in the eighth minute.
Nomvethe pulled one back 10 minutes from time and former Sundowns marksman Khenyeza ensured all the three points in the 88th minute. As a result of this win, Usuthu have moved to eighth spot on the log table with 11 points while the Brazilians, who were verbally abused by their fans after the match, are sitting ninth with nine points.
STAR MARKSMAN PERCY TAU WASTEFUL
Having lost to Kaizer Chiefs by a similar scoreline at Loftus on Tuesday, Mosimane was looking for a pleasing response from his African champions. He will watch the recording of this match a thousand times and still not understand why they lost.
Downs made heavy weather of this clash as they dominated proceedings for the better part of the night only to deny themselves their first home win of the season.Sundowns midfielder Sekotlong simply tapped in for his first goal of the season after receiving a great pass from the left flank by defender Hachi.
Though Sundowns dominated in attack in the opening stages, AmaZulu also had a few moments of their own with Michael Morton, Lungelo Dlamini and Jabulani Ncobeni leading the way but failed to punish their hosts.
Coach Cavin Johnson was forced to make a change before the break when he replaced defender Sadate Ouro-Akoriko with midfielder Simphiwe Mtshweni as the former was skating on thin ice after he was yellow-carded as early as the fourth minute.
Shortly after the restart, Tau missed two good chances in quick succession to increase Sundowns' lead when he was thwarted by Samuel Darpoh's sliding tackle inside the box and when his curling shot went just wide of the AmaZulu crossbar.

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