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Sundowns see off Richards Bay in Ke Yona Cup

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Cassius Mailula of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates goal with teammates during the 2023 Nedbank Cup match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Richards Bay at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria on 07 January 2023 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Cassius Mailula of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates goal with teammates during the 2023 Nedbank Cup match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Richards Bay at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria on 07 January 2023 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

THE Mamelodi Sundowns juggernaut continues to leave a trail of destruction in the PSL.

The dominant Brazilians maintained their rich vein of form with a 3-2 win over Richards Bay in their Nedbank Cup Round of 32 encounter at Loftus Versfeld yesterday.

Peter Shalulile scored a brace while Mosa Lebusa was also on the scoresheet as Downs kicked off the defence of their title with a comfortable victory.

Nkanyiso Zungu’s first half penalty and Katleho Makateng’s long range effort were not enough to save the KwaZulu-Natal outfit from defeat.

Downs picked up their 12th win on the spin in all competitions, with their last defeat being the 3-0 humbling they received at the hands of Orlando Pirates in the MTN 8 semi-final second leg back in October last year.

They carried their remarkable DStv Premiership form, which has seen them win 15 matches in succession, into the Wafa Wafa, eager to hang on to their title last season.

Downs have already been denied a repeat of their domestic clean sweep by Pirates, who won the MTN 8, however, they will now look to ensure that they hang on to the Ke Yona Cup and the league.

As things stand, they are coasting to a record extending sixth league consecutive league title, boasting a whopping 23-point lead at the summit of the table.

Sundowns coach Rhulani Mokwena fielded a heavily rotated side, making no less than seven changes to the team that defeated Orlando Pirates 1-0 at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

The likes of Dennis Onyango, Sifiso Ngobeni, Mosa Lebusa, Bongani Zungu, Sipho Mbule, Lesedi Kapinga, and Bradley Ralani all got a run from the start.

For Richards Bay, the coaching duo of Vasili Manousakis and Pitso Dladla made three changes to the team that 1-0 to Swallows FC last time out, with Nkanyiso Zungu, Sanele Barns and Sakhile Hlongwane getting the nod.

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