By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
MAMELODI Sundowns head coach, Johann Neskeens could be history before the end of this week after the club failed to reach the final match of the MTN 8.
This after the Brazilians lost 6-5 on aggregate to the revived Moroka Swallows after a two-legged semi-finals match of the competition dubbed Wafa Wafa.
Today’s defeat, a 3-2 to the super-charged Swallows at the Dobsonville Stadium could signal the end of the road for Neskeens who last season missed out on winning the league title despite being favourites.
The Brazilians who came to today’s match highly motivated after having came from a 2-0 deficit in the first leg to force a 3-3 draw in the first leg suffered two quick goals in the early minutes of the first half, courtesy goals of the once written off Lerato Chabangu who slotted home his first goal as early as the 10th minute before he could brace himself four minutes later. Sundowns’ woes were worsened when Bennet Chenene increased Swallows’ tally to 3-0 in the 19th minute. This was after the same Chenene collected the ball from the middle of the park, then chipped the ball over the hesitant Siyanda Xulu which landed on Lifa Tsutsulupa whose attempt was parried back to play by Wayne Sandilands. The rebounded ball found Chenene well positioned and he made no mistake from that resultant.
Sundowns however were not to be threatened as they fought back and it came as no surprise when captain, Teko Modise reduced the marging to 3-1 from a free-kick spot. cuded the to force the game to 3-0 at break.
Sensing death behind the door, Sundowns came back strongly in the second half and they completely stole the show with the likes of Hlompho Kekana, Tebogo Langerman and Modise taking the matters upon their shoulders but only to be denied by either the equally to the task Gret Etafia who wide shooting.
At the end the Brazilians’ hopes were brought to live when substitute, Nyasha Mushekwi but his attempt went wide with Etafia well beaten
Mushekwi eventually managed to find the back of the net at the referee’s optional time after having capitalized from Rudi Isaacs’ mistake, but it was too little too late for the Tshwane-based side.
Swallows who two seasons ago won the Nedbank Cup at the expense of Pretoria University will face SuperSport United in the final match due next month and as for Neskeens, it is just the matter of wait and see what happens to him next.