Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) failed to capitalize on an early strike in their upset bid against DStv Premiership leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, eventually succumbing to a 3-1 defeat on Tuesday. Following two and a half weeks away from domestic football, Sundowns’ victory further extends their lead at the top to six points with two matches less played than their immediate challengers. TTM continue to remain in the relegation zone with their second straight loss.
A well-executed set piece delivered the hosts a surprise opener in the 18th minute. Thabo Mnyamane’s powerful, curling service into the Sundowns penalty area was headed with power by Thembisani Nevhulamba into Denis Onyango’s net. While the goal gave TTM hope of an upset, conceding early settled Sundowns down and they took control of the game. Rivaldo Coetzee equalized for the Brazilians when he headed in Gaston Sirino’s corner-kick just before halftime.
Several missed opportunities postponed Sundowns’ grabbing of the lead, including a goal line clearance and a 63rd minute Sirino penalty kick that was sent into the stands by the Uruguayan. In the 68th, however, the goal finally came from yet another header when Lyle Lakay’s cross was nodded in by Sphelele Mkhulise. Substitute Sibusiso Vilakazi wrapped up the scoring with an insurance strike by volleying home a Peter Shalulile chipped cross in the 81st.
A detailed match report is in the link below from IOL and highlights are further down.