January 24, 2022

Onyango’s Sundowns slip further with draw against Maritzburg

By Peter Tabu
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Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane gives instructions to his players during their match against Cape Town City. Picture: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

The pressure cooker at Chrkloop is about to blow up going by the last three league games as Mamelodi Sundowns bid to retain the Absa Premier Soccer League title.

Pitso Mosimane’s charges had the glorious opportunity to reduce Kaizer Chiefs’ six-point gap at the top of the table to three against Maritzburg but failed as they settled for a 2-2 draw ending the game with 10 men.

Captain Hlompo Kekana opened the scoring in the 25th minute with his traditional long range shot off Gaston Sirino’s cut back pass.

But Sundowns lead lasted just six minutes as the hosts levelled matters later through Rashine De Reuck’s calm finish after defender Modjeka Madisha poorly cleared a freekick.

After recess, the Brazilians took charge with centre back Ricardo Nascimento doubling the lead from 12 yards and just when it seemed like Sundowns were headed for their first win in three games, Thabiso Kutumela curled home to make it 2-2 in the 57th minute.

As if that was not enough, Nascimento was sent for an early shower for a confrontation forcing Sundowns to play the remaining 19 minutes with 10 men.

The draw means the nine-time PSL champions move to 47 points, five behind table leaders Kaizer Chiefs with both sides facing off in the next match day in what has been dubbed the title decider.

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