By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
SUPERSPORT United’s dream to go on a festive season and a two months break as the Absa Premiership log leaders has been delayed after they lost 3-1 to traditional arch-rivals Mamelodi Sundowns this afternoon. This was United’ second defeat in 14 league matches
The Gavin Hunt looked like they would emerge winners in this Tshwane derby after taking the game to their visitors that saw them took the lead in the 27th mminute via Atusaye Nyondo. This after the Malawian international had received a good cross Tebogo Langerman before he could connect the ball with the net.
Their joy though was short-lived as the Brazilians cancelled the lead a minute later when Teko Modise capitalized on a mistake by Moffat Mdlulu’s mistake before he could strike past Matsatsantsa A Pitori’s rising young goalkeeper, Ronwen Williams to force the match into 1 all draw at break.
The second half saw Sundowns coming strongly, and they scored their second goal as early as the third minute (48th min) through Nyasha Mushekwi who finished off the move started by Punch Masenamela. Modise put the matter beyond doubt when he converted Siyabonga Ngubeni’s pass in the 73rd minute. This victory sees Sundowns on top of the log with 28 points, same as United, however the Brazilians have a better goal difference as opposed to their rivals.
With all the clubs in the Absa Premiership playing their last league matches on the 2011 calendar before taking a long break, first due to the festive season and secondly by the virtue of Africa Cup of Nations due in January/February in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, Sundowns will have to win their match away to the wounded Free State Stars at the Charles Mopeli Stadium on Wednesday to in order to remain on top of the log until mid-February when the league action resume.
As for SuperSport, it is not all lost as they can still retain their top spot, and that is if they can beat Bloemfontein Celtic whom they host in Atteridgeville’s Lucas Moripe Stadium on the same day while at the same time cross their finger that Sundows and Kaizer Chiefs should lose to Stars (Free State) and AmaZulu respectively. Chiefs face AmaZulu away at the Moses Mabhida Stadium tomorrow email@example.com