Late Drama as Sundowns suffer second loss of the season

Late Drama As Sundowns
Late Drama As Sundowns

Mamelodi Sundowns suffered only their second defeat of the DStv Premiership season after going down 2-1 to Maritzburg United on Saturday evening.

  1. DStv Premiership
  2. Result: Maritzburg United 1-2 Mamelodi Sundowns
  3. Date: 05 March 2022
  4. Venue: Harry Gwala Stadium

Sundowns made two changes to the side that thrashed TS Galaxy, as Rushine De Reuck was recalled alongside a rare start for Sphelele Mkhulise while Nicholas Lukhubeni started against his parent club.
The Brazilians were holding the Team of Choice in their own half in the early stages and Peter Shalulile had a chance to give them the lead in the 11th minute after slipping through on goal at the near post but he fired his shot straight at shot-stopper Marcel Engelhardt.
The visitors were patient on the ball and Shalulile eventually got his reward eight minutes before the halftime break with a glancing header in between two defenders in the box after a cross by Mkhulise.
However, Maritzburg was not behind for too long as Alfred Ndengane snatched the equalizer for Ernst Middendorp’s charges just before the halftime break with a bullet header at the back post.
The visitors were finding openings early in the second stanza as Nazeer Allie kept United in the game with two separate goal-line clearances to deny Lesedi Kapinga and Shalulile.
The Team of Choice improved defensively after that though and the Brazilians reinforced their attack 24 minutes before time, as Neo Maema, Themba Zwane, and Thabiso Kutumela were all introduced.
Sundowns increased their intensity after that and they were awarded a penalty seven minutes before time after a handball by Allie in the box but Zwane’s spot-kick was brilliantly saved by Engelhardt back into play and cleared from danger.
There was still time for more drama as Maritzburg got a penalty in stoppage time after goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene tripped down Amadou Soukouna in the box and Soukouna made no mistake from the spot-kick, as he fired his strike under Mweene to hand Maritzburg a famous win.
Line up:

  • Maritzburg: 31. Engelhardt, 17. Claasen, 5. Daniels, 4. Allie, 27. Ndengane, 15. Ntshangase, 23. Lukhubeni, 16. Ritchie, 25. Ismail, 20. Samu, 9. Macheke.
  • Subs: 1. Petersen, 10. Human, 24. Bhengu, 28. Palace, 12. Baloyi, 18. Njoti, 19. Skelem, 11. Soukouna, 8. Kewuti.
  • Sundowns: 1. Mweene, 7. Lakay, 28. De Reuck, 4. Kekana, 25. Mudau, 26. Mokoena, 21. Mkhulise, 23. Domingo, 27. Morena, 22. Kapinga, 38. Shalulile
  • Subs: 20. Goss, 6. B.Onyango, 32. Kutumela, 35. Maema, 17. Modiba, 18. Zwane, 13. Lunga, 11. Erasmus, 34. Mvala.