Tactically Sundowns were outsmarted by Clinton Larsen, the Celtic coach who had travelled to Mbombela in the last week to spy on the opposition.
After tepid home displays South Africa's three representatives are likely to bow out of Africa.
With Kaizer Chiefs back to winning ways in the league and Pirates floundering in their wake, this weekend's Soweto derby has lost its edge.
The Mamelodi Sundowns coach is confident his club can bypass Chiefs for the PSL title, as they did last season.
For the Premier Soccer League's top contenders form is key and they'll rely on their star players.
PSL heavyweights Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United go on an all-out spending spree to acquire new full-strength lines-ups.
AmaZulu's Wilfred Mugeyi, Moroka Swallows's Fani Madida and Chippa United's Roger Sikhakhane have to prove their mettle as caretaker coaches.
Quarterfinalists stumbled in midweek PSL games, but they could have held back for Telkom tournament.
There are signs of improvement but a lack of ambition and dedication is still prevalent.
Mamelodi Sundowns have come back from a mauling by Orlando Pirates to beat AmaZulu 2-0 in their bid to defend their title.
New signings from the Eastern Bloc may give Swallows coach Zeca Marques the edge he seeks at the start of the Premier Soccer League season.
Mosimane has finally led Sundowns to a PSL title – now he is in the market for new players to drive his 'adventures' on the continent.
AmaZulu goalkeeper Mandla Sangweni is alleged to have shot his uncle Vusumuzi Sangweni, who remains in hospital, over an argument about witchcraft.
Ajax Cape Town's 87th minute goal surprised Kaizer Chief fans as the Urban Warriors swept to victory in their Premier Soccer League match.
Kaizer Chiefs have celebrated their first league title in eight years after a draw with SuperSport United at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.
Bloemfontein Celtic and Free State Stars have drawn 2-2 in their Premiership derby at Free State Stadium, as the referee booked seven players.
Chiefs' title ambitions have been put on hold after the Absa Premiership leaders were defeated 3-1 by strugglers Ajax Cape Town at Cape Town Stadium.
On the back of a disappointing Nedbank Cup exit, Mamelodi Sundowns coach says the rest of their season will be focused on securing a top-eight finish.
Clinton Larsen will soon end his third season in charge at Bloemfontein Celtic, making him one of the longest-serving head coaches in SA.