See how they kicked off the season with a 2-0 win over CT City
Mamelodi Sundowns sink CT City in DStv Prem opener.
At the DHL Stadium on Friday evening, Mamelodi Sundowns defeated Cape Town City in their first game of the 2018 DStv Premiership season to earn a 2-0 victory.
Ronwen Williams, the captain of Bafana Bafana, made his debut for Sundowns after arriving from SuperSport United. At the same time, Marc Van Heerden and graduate Luke Daniels made their first appearances for City. After a lively start, the Citizens had a golden opportunity to take the lead after 20 minutes of play but Thabo Nodada missed his shot after latching onto a cutback from the right side of the field.
After Haashim Domingo missed the target with an attempt on a loose ball on the edge of the box following a corner kick, Sundowns retaliated in a matter of minutes by launching two rapid attacks in short succession. At the thirty-minute mark, the player who had previously represented his country at the under-23 international level dinked the ball into space over the top on the back of a third-man run, but it was cleared away before it could be put to use.
At the opposite end of the field, City missed a golden opportunity in the six-yard area just minutes apart when a teenage player named Daniels headed Khanyisa Mayo's cross just inches wide. After taking a blow that ended Daniels's shift eight minutes into the second half, the Citizens were compelled to make a change and brought Gambian Kajally Drammeh in off the bench.
After sixty minutes of play, Sundowns took the lead thanks to the patience of their players when Aubrey Modiba curled a free kick on the outskirts of the penalty area past the reach of Hugo Marques in the other team's goal. The Brazilians scored their second goal three minutes later when Themba Zwane outraced Keanu Cupido, latched onto Domingo's pass, and then chipped the ball over to Marques.
As time wound down, City made a last-ditch effort to turn the game around and came close to doing so when Mogamat May's low attempt forced Williams to make an outstretched save while Jordan Bender was making his debut for the club.
In the waning minutes of the match, Masandawana helped City surge forward while also consolidating play, which ultimately led to the team's first victory of the season.
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