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Champions Sundowns frustrated in stalemate with Chippa United

By Mihlali Baleka 10m in the past

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GQEBERHA – Mamelodi Sundowns, the reigning champions, dropped factors for the primary time this season following their goalless stalemate with Chippa United in a DStv Premiership match on the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, in Gqeberha on Tuesday afternoon.

The Brazilians will now flip their consideration to cup competitors as they’ll be away to Golden Arrows in the primary leg of the MTN8 semi-final on Saturday. But having been removed from their greatest in the Eastern Cape, Sundowns can be content material with the clear sheet.

The MTN8 is the one piece of silverware that’s been lacking from their illustrious trophy cupboard in the previous few years. But co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi insists that they’ll win it this season after that they had full pre-season preparations.

Sundowns have been taking part in in their third match this season, following their clashes in opposition to Kaizer Chiefs in the MTN8 quarter-final and AmaZulu in the DStv Premiership. In these matches, they confirmed flashes of being sharp earlier than their draw in opposition to Chippa.

Sundowns have had a busy begin to their season, though they’re but to play in the Champions League. Their match in opposition to Chiefs in the MTN8 quarter-final was determined in the penalty shootouts, whereas they opened their title defence in opposition to AmaZulu.

But it seems that their huge squad is working for them, contemplating the actual fact they made three modifications to the group that beat Usuthu at residence. Mosa Lebusa missed right now’s match attributable to an damage, whereas there have been full debuts for Neo Maema and Grant Kekana.

Out in Gqebherha, Sundowns dominated the lion’s share of possession as they made inroads into Chippa’s closing third. But the house facet was not giving in simply as they defended with function, whereas talisman Sizwe Mdlinzo additionally assisted in their defence.

Possession, although, doesn’t win you video games, as a substitute objectives do. But the Brazilians have been struggling in the primary half, with their actual probability of the sport coming after Peter Shalulile didn’t punish Chippa’s defence following a back-pass from Riaan Hanamub.

But maybe credit score ought to go to Gavin Hunt’s group for being compact on the again, and never permitting the Brazilians to seek out the pocket of areas. However, the Chilli Boys let themselves down as they weren’t efficient after they needed to throw extra numbers up entrance.

The Brazilians began the second half with the identical dominance as the primary however Chippa’s strong defence meant that they didn’t penetrate. It was by way of a header from Shalulile that they received their first shot on track, though it was saved by Ismail Wtenga.

The introduction of contemporary legs made Sundowns tick higher up entrance, with substitute Gaston Sirino conserving the Chilli Boys’ defence on their toes with his runs, silk passes and taking pictures prowess. But that didn’t yield outcomes as they might not discover the openings.

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