Whenever Mamelodi Sundowns is paired up with an ABC Motsepe League team in the Nedbank Cup, they remember that record-breaking 24-0 win over Powerlines FC in 2012.
In the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup yesterday against Mathaithai FC at Lucas Moripe Stadium, the Brazilians were leading 2-0 before you could drink your first beer or coffee just four minutes after the game started.
It looked like Sundowns would run rampant across the Free State-based side in the same vein as Powerlines, but in the end the score was a less emphatic, but still impressive 6-0, as Masandawana marched into the quarter-finals.
The opening goal was scored by Aubrey Modiba who ventured up the right wing and was barely challenged before he was able to launch a ball into the penalty area where the amateurs failed to clear their lines and Bradley Ralani tapped in.
No later than two minutes after Ralani’s attack, the hosts doubled through the day’s captain, Themba Zwane, who had been set up by Ralani. After missing a few chances, Thabiso Kutumela finally got his name on the scoresheet twice. For the first goal, he was pummeled by Sibusiso Vilakazi, who came off the bench and inherited the captain’s armband when he made his 7th appearance of the season.
For his second attack, Kutumela was found by a returning Lebohang Maboe, who put the ball through the eye of the needle and Kutumela made no mistake showing his experience of getting around goalkeeper Mbali Tshabalala before firing into an empty net.
Maboe marked his first appearance of the season after recovering from a knee injury with two assists and a goal. Andile Jali got the icing on the cake in the 88th minute, scoring a lightning bolt from afar.
As expected, the trio of Downs coaches – Manqoba Mngqithi, Rhulani Mokwena and Steve Komphela – often referred to as ‘Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego’, used this match as a bit of an exhibition, giving a number of players plenty of playing time a chance to play.