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`Gopane spurns rustiness to star

By unknown | Mar 10, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Linda Moreotsene

Linda Moreotsene

On a day that was dominated by the drama that is Khabo Zondo's position at Bloemfontein Celtic, the only on-field excitement in the 0-0 draw result between them and Mamelodi Sundowns was provided by goalkeeper Simon Gopane's battle to keep out the Brazilians' strikers.

Had they used one of the many chances they created, Sundowns would have gone a long way to building on their last two wins, but their inability to outsmart the dimunitive Gopane cost them two points.

Gopane has not been a part of top flight football for the past two seasons, a fact that might not sit well with the Tshwane-based club.

Granted, the likes of Lerato Chabangu and Bryan Aldave did make Gopane look good by firing everywhere except into the net.

During the good times, chances such as Chabangu's in the 34th and 66th minute, as well as Surprise Moriri's - who came in for Godfrey Sapula - would have resulted in goals, but not this time. They toiled for most of the match, and barely allowed Celtic into their half, to no avail.

After the match the goalkeeper was full of praise for the defenders, who he felt worked hard to protect him against a Downs' onslaught.

"It's nice to come in and help my team at a time when they needed me. With the two regular 'keepers out injured, I had to step in.

"I was a bit rusty, and on one or two occasions the defenders came to my rescue," Gopane said.

Disappointed Sundowns' coach Trott Moloto said more work was needed.

"They obviously came for a draw. Although we dominated the whole match, it is not enough. We can't be proud of a draw," Moloto said.

Sundowns are preparing for their Wednesday clash against Santos.


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