Rain halts Sundowns, Cosmos clash

Lightning resulted in Daniel Bennett halting the goalless Premier Soccer League (PSL) game between Mamelodi Sundowns and Jomo Cosmos a minute after half-time at a sparsely filled Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Friday night—and after a rain inspection 20 minutes later, the referee called off the proceedings.

Although puddles had formed on parts of the pitch by then, it might have been a somewhat premature decision—but few of those present were complaining after Sundowns had dominated proceedings with possession of more than 60%, yet rarely looked like scoring.

One player who must have bemoaned the interference of the rain gods, however, was suspended Sundowns and Bafana Bafana right-back Vuyo Mere, who was counting on this particular game to complete his suspension and thus enable him to participate in next weekend’s Telkom Knockout final against Kaizer Chiefs at the same venue.

The rain only began pelting down midway through the first half and hardly explained the absence once more of a decent crowd at a PSL game—something that must be an increasingly worrying factor to league officials.—Sapa


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