Mamelodi Sundowns overcame Thanda Royal Zulu 2-0 in their Nedbank Cup clash at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday. The game was a dull encounter, with Sundowns having one shot on target out of 10 opportunities, a poor return for the defending league champions. While Amabhubesi did not have much of a threat to offer David Onyango, who was not tested at all throughout the first half.
The second half began as dull as the first ended, however, in the 53rd minute Downs took the lead through captain Alje Schut in what was a typical Schut goal. The skipper rose high above everyone in the box to head a Teko Modise free kick home. Modise’s free kicks and the presence of Schut provided a tall order for the visiting team’s defence.
The game went forwards and backwards until Themba Zwane was fouled in the 18-yard area. Modise grabbed the opportunity to put the Brazilians 2-0 ahead in the 75th minute by sending the keeper the wrong way and allowing Pitso Mosimane’s men a comfortable lead. Towards the end of referee’s additional time, Teko Modise had the opportunity to grab his brace but missed a sure goal when he found himself with the goal at his mercy after running into space and receiving a low cross from Zwane with what looked a sure thing but he ballooned the ball over the posts.
The visitors had long surrendered allowing Sundowns to book their place in the Last 16 of the knockout tournament.