Striker Mauricio Affonso scored two times in the second half as Mamelodi Sundowns came from an objective to edge Maritzburg United 2-1 and win the Telkom Knockout on Saturday at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
The Uruguayan import got here with an outstanding goalscoring record from South America but was hurt throughout his opening months with Sundowns and has actually just recently begun to feature.
However his pedigree was quickly obvious and then considerably improved on Saturday as his two headers turned the game on its head and protected another trophy for the league champions.
Judas Moseamedi had Maritzburg ahead in the 40 th minute and looked to equalise with the last touch of the video game but was ruled offside in a controversial call.
A goalkeeping mistake by Richard Ofori enabled Sundowns back in the video game as Affonso netted his double, the 2nd from a corner as the Maritzburg defence again let themselves down.
” We played an excellent team, Maritzburg were extremely hazardous,” said winning coach Pitso Mosimane after the last whistle.
” Thanks God, the hulk Mauricio concerned the party. He offered us a various dimension.”
Maritzburg may well have had a goal inside 90 seconds when Moseamedi got the ball before Denis Onyango, kicking it versus the knee of the Sundowns goalkeeper and seeing the ball spill to Keagan Buchanan, who, with the goal at his grace, missed from the edge of the penalty area.
It was a golden opportunity for the underdogs to get onto the scoresheet early, however it did embolden them to establish a number of half-chances in the opening 20 minutes.
Maritzburg certainly did not look overawed, but still had fun with a cautious method and eventually it allowed Sundowns to battle control of the ball in spite of a crowded midfield.
However Maritzburg were all set for that scenario, dropping their defensive line, therefore it proved tough for Mosimane’s guys to develop the openings they were looking for.
Even when Downs pressed their fullbacks higher and opened up the game on the wings, Maritzburg held firm.
Right before the half-hour mark Mxolisi Kunene had a possibility that he skyed over the top prior to an awkward difficulty at the other end from Kwanda Mngonyama on Mosa Lebusa was inexplicably allowed to go without penalty when it need to have been a Sundowns charge.
Moseamedi cut inside from the byline in the 38 th minute to establish a chance for himself that Lebusa obstructed, but two minutes later came the breakthrough.
A long punt upfield from Ofori bounced all the method to the edge of Sundowns’ box, where Moseamedi went after onto it and hooked his best foot onto the ball as Onyango came out and Lebusa aimed to have it covered.
It was remarkable objective of perseverance and opportunity and maintained the predatory role that Moseamedi has played since two objectives in the upset semifinal win over Kaizer Chiefs.
4 minutes after the goal, Moseamedi set up a likelihood for Daylon Claassen but Tebogo Langerman can be found in at the crucial minute to obstruct to keep the half-time deficit down to one objective.
Maritzburg came out for the second half looking haughty but Ofori’s mistake handed Sundowns the equaliser coming out to try and clear Gaston Sirino’s cross, but missing as Affonso headed house in the 54 th minute.
His second can be found in the 76 th minute from corner where the Maritzburg defence missed the ball totally too.
However the video game ought to have gone to extra time when Moseamedi’s diving effort found the back of the web from close range, only to be flagged offside.