United humble Brazilians
The mob mentality of the Sundowns supporters reared its ugly head again
JOHAN Neeskens' miserable start to his second season at Mamelodi Sundowns continued yesterday with a humbling defeat to Maritzburg United, leaving the Brazilians with just one win from three Absa Premiership matches.
The mob mentality of the Sundowns supporters reared its ugly head again following this result as the fans, who bayed for Neeskens' blood, made it clear that the Dutchman had overstayed his welcome.
The Sundowns faithful chanted: "We want Pitso (Mosimane)", the former Bafana coach and club ex-player. The coach, who continues to remind everyone who cares to listen that he will quit the club if he doesn't win any silverware this season, saw his side suffer a second successive league defeat.
Sundowns were also knocked out of the MTN8 semifinals by Moroka Swallows (6-5 aggregate) last week and this was their chance to bounce back.
The latest of Sundowns woes was witnessed here following a Delron Buckley double in the second half. The home side were humiliated by a team they had expected to walk all over given the quality in Neeskens' team.
Nyasha Mushekwi got a late goal in an attempt to get Sundowns back into the game, but an injury time strike was hardly going to lead to a dramatic ending.
A twist to this tale erupted at the final whistle. The home fans tried to force their way onto the pitch to confront Neeskens, who had rushed into the tunnel for safety. The behaviour overshadowed United's stunning victory just a little.
Buckley dictated the midfield and was duly rewarded with his two well-taken goals.
The playmaker plucked holes in the Sundowns defence, which looked suspect for most of the match. The central defence pairing of Wayne Arendse and Clayton Daniels looked out of sorts and made fans cringe each time they had to clear the ball out of danger.
And the early threat from United striker Cuthbert Malajila signalled that the duo would be overwhelmed if the visitors continued to push.
It was only by a stroke of luck that Malajila, the man who all but ended Sundowns' title hopes with a late winner in the corresponding fixture last season, missed the target early on. On two occasions the striker found himself one-on-one with keeper Wayne Sandilands, only to first shoot wide and later force a save. Buckley soon took over and steered his side to second position on the PSL table after two wins and a draw from three games.
l Black Leopards 0, Chippa United 0