Leading up to the game, veteran defender Clayton Daniels said no one expected Maritzburg United to beat defending DStv Premiership champion Mamelodi Sundowns, but the Team of Choice pulled a rabbit out of a hat and took all three points while beating Downs 2 . 1 at Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday.
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Amadou Soukouna was United’s hero when he scored the winning goal from the penalty spot in stoppage time.
For the celebration of Maritzburg, all you have to do is look at his face, and all the evidence that United goalkeeper Marcel Engelhardt couldn’t believe how Peter Shaluille managed to sneak a superb header past him to open the scoring in the DStv Premiership match against Mamelodi sunsets.
Shalulile got a lovely cross from Haashim Domingo down the right wing, and out of nowhere Shaluile improvised to score his 15th goal of the season in the league, and his 22nd this season in all competitions.
That lead lasted just four minutes as, on the other side, veteran left-back Keagan Ritchie launched a pin-point ball into the danger zone from the corner and found defender Alfred Ndengane in attendance.
The former Orlando Pirates made a good connection with the ball and headed it past Kennedy Mweene. However, he was unable to celebrate his goal, as he immediately went from pain to the ground after an awkward landing. He was unable to continue the game as he withdrew at halftime due to visible discomfort.
Downs then had a chance to restore their lead, but it was not to be. 84 minutes into the game, the center man awarded Masandawana a penalty after defender Nazier Allie pushed the ball into the penalty area. It was substitute Themba Zwane who took responsibility, but Team of Choice goalkeeper Engelhardt made sure to keep his team in the game when he kicked the penalty away from Zwane.
Ernst Middendorp moved away from the relegation swamp as they pulled away from the bottom, having racked up 21 points so far this season.