Downs still Red Hot Team |
Tshwane outfit Mamelodi Sundowns, have gone 10 games unbeaten in all competition after defeating Kaizer Chiefs 3-1 in the Telkom Knockout Cup competition. They have won 9 of their games and drawn 1. Their recent performance has been credited with goals and good display of what is known as the Downs football, carpet football.
Masandawana started this years campaign on a slow start and gradually improved. The club supporters were at one stage calling for Pitso’s head but their fortunes have turned and they have started enjoying the club’s good form.
The club defense led by team captain Ramahlwe Mphahlele has been instrumental in keeping the club defense record tight. The Brazilians goal keeping department has been led by Kennedy Mweene along with Dennis Onyango. Dennis Onyango put up a brilliant performance that saw him being crowned the man of the match as he saved two penalties against Amakhosi. The likes of Thabo Nthethe, Mario Booysen, Mzikayise Mashaba,Tebogo Langerman and Wayne Arendse have been in good form for the club and it’s a battle for the technical team to choose who to play at the back..
The middle of the park is spoiled for choice with the like of Bongani Zungu, Teko Modise and Themba Zwane have been winning it for the club as they been dominating the middle of the park. Their wingers have seen much action that led to the clubs goals. Keegan Dolly and Khama Billiat have been doing an exceptional job and the like of Liberian winger Anthony Laffor have been super subs coming from the bench to score and create goals as well.
The striking force has been led by Hlompho Kekana who was also on the score cards against Kaizer Chiefs when he scored out of the box to beat the Chiefs goal minder, Brilliant Khuzwayo. Colombian striker Leonardo Castro is starting to show his worth at the club and was the first one to score on Saturday after receiving a cross from Khama Billiat to open the match goals in just 5 minutes of the game.
Club head coach Pitso Mosimane, made history this weekend as he led his charges to an ever first Downs win against Amakhosi in a cup final after 8 encounters. He also made history by being the first domestic coach to win all competition medals. The coach and his technical team have been assembling hat is believed to be a winning combination for the club with likes of Rhulani Mokoena and Manqoba Mngqithi have been seating with coach and have been instrumental in making technical decision that benefit the club.
The clubs next encounter is against Orlando Pirates who in recent times have been dominating the Brazilians. The game is a home game for Downs and will they dominate another Soweto giant?