Downs fans go invading, again!
There were ugly scenes at Dobsonville Stadium yesterday when Mamelodi Sundowns supporters invaded the pitch after their team was defeated 2-0 by Moroka Swallows - while in Free State, reigning champions Orlando Pirates went down 1-0 to Bloemfontein Celtic.
Some of the Downs fans demanded the dismissal of coach Johan Neeskens.
The club has won only one of its six opening league games.
Club officials, including Alex Shakoane, tried unsuccessfully in stopping the supporters from venting their anger.
Police from the nearby Dobsonville station were called in to restore order.
This was the second time Sundowns fans have resorted to violence after losing a match.
Three weeks ago they did the same thing after losing 2-1 to Maritzburg United at Lucas Moripe Stadium.
Some Sundowns die-hards want club president Patrice Motsepe to hire former Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane.
Former Sundowns striker Lerato Chabangu broke the deadlock in the seventh minute after a pass from Katlego Mashego. Felix Obada made it 2-0 in the 34th minute with a superb long range shot.
Dikgang Mabalane made his debut for Swallows.
- In Bloemfontein, Thabo Johnson reports that Celtic maintained their unbeaten record at home when they handed Pirates their first defeat under new coach Roger De Sa.
Celtic's striker Lennox Bacela netted the only goal in the 77th minute, beating Bucs goalie Moeneeb Josephs with a brilliant volley from a Limbikani Mzana's pass.
The win ended Pirates run of two wins under coach De Sa.
The visitors had only themselves to blame for the defeat after squandering dozens of scoring chances.
As early as the first minute the visiting team's striker, Thulasizwe Mbuyane, challenged Celtic keeper Patrick Tignyemb but shot narrowly wide.
In the third minute of the game Ruzaigh Gamaldien's powerful shot was easily dealt with by Josephs.
In the 33th minute Mbuyane nearly broke the deadlock, but his shot hit the woodwork with the keeper well-beaten.
The game continued with Pirates in the driving seat. Sfiso Mnyeni and Oupa Manyesa squandered scoring chances.
Pirates were the first to bring on a substitute, taking off roving striker Tlou Segolela for bulky striker Collins Mbesuma, who failed to make a difference.
Bacela should have netted twice, but missed a clear cut chance when he fired into the path of Josephs in the 86th minute.