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Niang, Mahachi lift off pressure as Sundowns win

By Mark Gleeson at Dobsonville Stadium | Aug 21, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 3 ]

MAMELODI Sundowns returned to winning ways as they outplayed Moroka Swallows last night, winning 2-0 to put aside early jitters.

With the pressure mounting, Sundowns looked anxious through the first half but Mame Niang unshackled them early in the second as weight was lifted off their shoulders after they had failed to win in their three opening encounters of the season.

Niang proved he is not only a target man with some clever ball skills to beat Greg Etafia for the opening goal in the 53rd minute.

It came after a silly mistake at the back from Swallows, which they replicated to gift Sundowns a second.

Substitute Kudakwashe Mahachi scored with a side-footer for a second in the 83rd minute as Swallows ended the game down to 10 men.

A second caution for Lantshene Phalane let down his side just when they needed to push forward.

The Birds had a disciplined approach through the first half as they sat back and created a defensive wall that Sundowns found hard to penetrate.

For all their possession, the champions found themselves increasingly hurried in their decision-making as the half unfolded and they made limited headway.

When Tebogo Langerman got around the defence in the 26th minute, his attempt to set up Niang was blocked.

Etafia fluffed a corner to almost present Sundowns with the first goal on the half-hour mark but was rescued by Tsietsi Mahoa's clearance off the line.

Clever play from Teko Modise and Themba Zwane set Modise up for a shot right in front of goal in the 40th minute, but he shot wildly.

After the break, Modise pushed closer to Niang and Sundowns looked calmer, and once they scored were able to put a smile back on their faces.

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skopomashwabana

$KYYY'$ THE LIMIT!!!

Aug 21, 2014 11:16 | 0 replies

Mshovekahle

Saved by the red card

Aug 21, 2014 11:51 | 0 replies

Papage

Kudakwashe Mahachi, eish we have all Africa top players at Sundowns, Mame is hard working boy, wish all SA boys can be commited as he is. well done Ka bo Yellow

Aug 21, 2014 2:27 | 0 replies