ATTERIDGEVILLE – Mamelodi Sundowns’ slump continued on Saturday as they bowed out of the Nedbank Cup with a 1-0 defeat to Lamontville Golden Arrows in the last-16.
A goal by Nduduzo Sibiya in the second period was enough to see the KZN-based outfit progress to the quarter-finals following an outstanding performance.
Pitso Mosimane made five changes to the line-up which played to a 0-0 draw against Bloemfontein Celtic in their Absa Premiership clash a week ago.
That match served as their fourth winless streak in all competitions, following a 2-1 defeat they had suffered against Kaizer Chiefs in a league tie leading up to it.
In this match, Pitso Mosimane spent a good part of the opening 15 minutes on his feet, gesturing and shouting at his players, pleading with them to get their combinations right.
But Sundowns were struggling in the final third.
Arrows also created scoring chances, but the combination of Motjeka Madisha and Thabo Nthethe in the heart of the Sundowns defence, supported by the ever hard-working Tebogo Langerman and Anele Ngconngca on either wing, proved very difficult for them to infiltrate.
Both Teko Modise and skipper Hlompho Kekana anchored the midfield pretty well and their passes, which could have seen Sundowns take the lead in the first period, were on point too.
But the likes of Percy Tau, Thapelo Morena and Khama Billiat struggled to find one another with their combinations. They lacked the rhythm that the CBD (Castro, Billiat and Dolly) once possessed.
In the second period, Arrows played defensively deep as if they were the ones in the lead despite the 0-0 scoreline.
Even their wingers and strikers dropped back to defend as their plan was to catch their opponents on a counter.
And that worked wonders for them. Sibiya received a pass from near the halfway line and produced a blistering run towards the box. And when he got there, he unleashed a shot which was too powerful for Kennedy Mweene to make the required save.
Zwane had come on for the injured Mzikayise Mashaba in the 58th minute, but he also struggled to provide the creative spark Sundowns so desperately needed up front.Independent Media