The hosts took out 2-0 winners over the Glamor Boys at Loftus Versfeld Stadium, goals from Grant Kekana and Peter Shalulile
Poor defensive work was to blame for Mamelodi Sundowns’ opening goal against Kaizer Chiefs, says former Amakhosi midfielder Siyabonga Nkosi and former Downs defender Matthew Booth.
Although it was Chiefs who enjoyed the chance better in Tshwane, it was the home side who counted their moments before the score.
It took Masandawana just six minutes to get on the leaderboard, while central defender Grant Kekana popped up at the far post to hit Lyle Lakay’s free kick.
The simplest goals easily made Kekana’s Austin Dube’s defender jump out and then beat goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma from a tight corner. SuperSport TV expert Nkosi questions Dube’s position at the goal as well as his awareness.
‘Try to see the person you notice. Yes, I saw that he was at stake – that he was branding. But then the one eye should be on everyone who is trying to run the area you are protecting, and he [Dube] lost it completely, ”explains the former Bafana Bafana playmaker.
“What Kekana did was exploit that he lost sight of him. That’s why [Kekana] could drive it behind Dube. If you do, you also need to open up your body angle a bit to attack the ball. Or if you do not get to the ball, you should distract him, not allow him to have a good head kick.
‘His reaction, anticipation … I think to sum up, he fell asleep just before, or when the ball was taken.
Co-analyst Matthew Booth, a former Mamelodi Sundowns defender, wondered if Chiefs goalkeeper Bvuma should have come and taken Lakay’s live delivery off the air before it reached Kekana.
‘If the ball is thrown in, I would understand that he does not have enough time to set himself. But the ball drifted in, nice to his pole, which gave him time to sit down, “he said.
“It was a very good head from Kekana, but there should have been more response. Especially his right hand, a strong right hand [was what was needed to keep the ball out at the post]. “