The Mamelodi Sundowns made a triumphant return to the DStv Premiership on Wednesday evening. The match took place at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium, where they hosted the Cape Town Spurs.
The Opening Goal
The Brazilians took 23 minutes to score the opening goal against the Spurs, who are currently facing the threat of relegation. The credit for the first goal goes to Sipho Mbule. Mbule, who was given a rare opportunity to start by coach Rhulani Mokwena, didn’t disappoint and led the hosts to an early lead with a spectacular long-range strike. At the time of reporting, the scoreline read 1-0 in favor of Mamelodi Sundowns after 26 minutes of play.
The starting lineup for Mamelodi Sundowns included D.Onyango, Mashego, Morena, Kekana, De Reuck, Mkhulise, Mbule, Maboe, Sirino, Nku, and Nasir. The substitutes were Pieterse, Ngobeni, Seabi, Modiba, Zungu, Mokoena, Nkosi, Maseko, and Shalulile.
On the other hand, the Cape Town Spurs started with Boshoff, Dortley, Brown, Daniels, Haukongo, Morton, Nel, Buchanan, Butsaka, Thethani, and Cupido. The substitutes included Dlamini, Allie, Mfecane, Moosa, Velebayi, Abrahams, and Bern.
Broadcast Details and Coach’s Remarks
The match commenced at 19:30 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium and was broadcasted live on SuperSport PSL. Unfortunately, many Mamelodi Sundowns fans were disappointed as the match was not televised live on SABC1.
In a statement to iDiskiTimes, Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rhulani Mokwena emphasized that their journey is a work in progress.
He stated, “As long as there are still games to be played, we still believe and move on from both victories and defeats in the same way. We treat success because when we win, we are not in heaven. We also treat defeats as an imposter because when we lose we are not in hell. What is important is what lessons come with both winning and losing, trying to make sure that we understand that we are not invincible. That result against Mazembe was one of those that Mamelodi Sundowns can use as a reminder that teams on the continent can beat us.”