/ 19 March 2008

Sundowns hammer Leopards

Mamelodi Sundowns ensured that Limpopo-based Black Leopards remained deep in the relegation zone when they hammered them 3-0 in a fast, entertaining Absa Premiership game at Thohoyandou Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. There was no score at half-time.

The league’s tail-enders, Leopards, with new coach Nigerian Austin Eguavoen, tried their best to unlock the Brazilian rearguard but failed to penetrate.

The Brazilians staged a second-half onslaught after a pep taught from former Bafana Bafana coach Trott Moloto. The return of pacy right back Vuyo Mere from injury, as well as Mbulelo Mabizela, added more power up front and confused Leopards.

Moloto, sensing a win, replaced tiring captain Michael Manzini with Mabizela in the 43rd minute. It was Mabizela’s first game after being away for some time.

Former Free State Stars midfielder Fanyana Dhladhla scored the first goal in the 68th minute from a throw-in by Mere as Sundowns started to gel.

Prolific striker Lerato Chabangu struck a great shot in the 78th minute to score Sundowns’ second goal.

Attacking midfielder Surprise Moriri scored the third goal for Sundowns six minutes before the end of regulation time. — Sapa