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Absa Premiership: Cape Town City FC training session

A late blooming Cape Town City dug their way out of a 2-0 deficit to draw their match against Golden arrows by 2-2.

The match began with City shooting off the blocks but could not finish their early chances. Then the tide turned as Arrows found their confidence and quenched the space City was enjoying.

It was evident that City would fall back as Siphelele Magubane gave the KwaZulu Natal based side the lead after 39 minutes. Both teams went into the break with just the one goal between them.

The second half was similar to the first few moments of the game as City stepped up their game and were creating scoring opportunities. But that was just the problem the chances were only created but never taken.

Arrows showed them how the deed is done when they extended their lead by a goal from Jabulani Shongwe in the 69th minute.

Ayanda Patosi pulled a goal back for the Mother City from the penalty spot to make it 2-1. The game was settled by Thabo Nodada who equalised for City and gave head coach Benni McCarthy a breather as the sweat was falling from his forehead.

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Teko Modise was on the losing end on Saturday at the Moses Mabhida Stadium as Cape Town City went down 4-2 on penalties against Supersport United.

The General as he is affectionately known has not lost hope though on a better performance in future. He also feels that the team can finish at the top end of the Absa Premiership come the end of the season, that which will allow them to have another shot at the domestic cup.

“Anything is possible. It’s football and there’s still next season again,” said Modise, who is hoping City can finish higher than the third place they achieved in the Absa Premiership last season.

”For us to do that we need to finish higher this season, so we need to focus now and be better.”

“The game was actually open and I feel we should’ve won,” he added.

“Supersport were just catching us on the counter attack. They put more numbers forward. We were actually the ones who had opportunities to hurt them but we didn’t utilise the chances.

“As i said earlier on, it is game of football; if you don’t score you are not going to win the game.”

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Teko Modise is delighted that the Absa Premiership season has come to an end as the games were coming thick and fast for Mamelodi Sundowns in all competitions.

“Finally the season is over and it was a good run. It may not have finished the way that we wanted it to end but nonetheless we finished second. This will at least slow down the pace of the games that we have to play. Now we can focus on the CAF Champions League games and have time prepare properly,” said Modise.

Asked if the team was not disappointed with not being able to lift the PSL title, Modise chose to be content with what the team has already achieved in this past season.

“Yes it would have been great to lift the title but you cannot win everything. The past season was a historical one for the team and us as players individually. So if we just linger on the disappointment of not lifting the PSL title we would not be doing ourselves justice. We had a great season.”

Downs will next face ES Tunis in their CAF competition fixture on June 02.


Teko Modise and team mates were on the winning side again when they gave Golden Arrows a 2-0 beating.

Goals by Mzikayise Mashaba and Hlompho Kekana were enough to give the African champions three points and take them to the top of the Absa Premiership table.

Pitso Mosimane and his troops are sitting pretty at the top of the table with many feeling like they hold the advantage of lifting the honours.

Downs will face Platinum Stars on Thursday to lead the way to the finish line with just less than 6 matches left to lay for the season. They will play at home at the Lucas Moripe Stadium with the match scheduled to kick-off at 18:00.


Mamelodi Sundowns finally got a win after a string of draws and defeats. The Brazilians grafted a 1-0 win against Free State Stars at the James Motlatsi Stadium.

A goal by Motjeka Madisha  before closing of the first half made sure that Downs return home with three points, taking them to fourth position on the log with 41 points from 21 games in total. They are now on the same number of games as Bidvest Wits who are third because of goal difference.

One would say that Downs have lost the advantage of having games in hand as they now only have 3 games in hand in contrast to Kaizer Chiefs as the team with the most games played (24).

Pitsi Mosimane and crew will face Supersport United in their next fixture on 19 April at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.


Mamelodi Sundowns have hit a deep in form as they exited the Nedbank Cup in the last 16 stage of the competition.

A 1-0 loss to KwaZulu-Natal side Golden Arrows sees the African Champions bow out of the competition. This follows their 0-0 draw against Bloemfontein Celtic and a loss against Kaizer Chiefs.

The dip of form though is no concern to Teko Modise and teammates as he states that it is just the way football is.

“Look we are sad after having to exit the Nedbank Cup but this does not mean we are all of a sudden a team that plays bad football. It is natural to lose once in a while, we cannot win every game we play.

Yes it is great to win but that is just like life. Sometimes things go your way and sometimes they do not. We have to soldier on and the good days will return in time. We take the loss and we move on,” concluded Modise.


Mamelodi Sundowns cruised to a 2-0 win against Mariveni United in their last 32 Nedbank Cup fixture on Monday but Teko Modise says there is never an easy cup game.

“Look it was a good win for the team. We played well and at the end of the day got the desired results.

You hear a lot of people say it was an easy game for us to play. I do not think so. Remember that this is a competition where all the teams are looking to impress and play at their best. So we had to respect the opponents just like any team we play,” said Modise.

Downs are through to the next stage of the competition and ‘The General’ has welcomed any opponent that would be drawn against them going forward. He also added that it would be too early to even think of lifting the domestic silverware.

“We are professionals and will just wait to know who to face next. We do not wish to get any specific team so we welcome whoever we will have to face. As for thinking of lifting the trophy, it is too early to even think of that. We are through to the next round and will take it a game at a time.”

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Mamelodi Sundowns experienced midfield player Teko Modise echoed the word of Coach Pitso Mosimane after a loss to now league log leaders Cape Town City FC.

The Absa Premiership provided South Africa with a mouth-watering encounter on Friday as Sundowns visited City down in Cape Town at the Athlone Stadium.

The red hot Brazilian side was expected by many to come out victors of the match but it was not to be so. City snatched through contention a 1-0 win over the African Champions. A goal from Lebogang Manyama was enough to see Eric Tinkler and his ambitious squad humble the yellow nation.

Teko Modise on a positive side mentioned the fact that the team has a few games in hand and can still afford to drop a few points now and then.

“Yes it was disappointing to lose. We have won a lot of matches and it was a matter of time before we had to succumb to a loss. This is football and you cannot win all the matches. This one was one we tried best to win but at the end of the day they were the better team.

There is nothing more to say but to take it on the chin and look forward to doing better in the next fixture, “said Modise.

Downs next face Polokwane City on March 14 when the league continues.


Mamelodi Sundowns drew 0-0 with Chippa United this morning as they saw to finish the match that was postponed on Tuesday evening at Loftus Stadium.

There were lighting problems at the stadium and the game was halted in the 42nd minute. Teko Modise saw the positive side of the whole situation and says that the team welcome the point.

“Look it was a tough game. It is difficult to play a match in two different days because there are a lot of factors to consider. But the point will do for now. We accept it and move on, “said Modise.

The general as he is affectionately known has not scored a goal this season and has not received as much play time as he would have liked. He gives a brief response to the situation: “Well it is always great to get some play time. It has been a while and it would have been nice to find the back of the net.

I am not complaining though as there will be more games to play and a lot to contribute for the team.”

Downs play Cape Town City on the coming weekend down at the Athlone Stadium. Kick-off is set for 20:00.

CAF Super Cup: Mamelodi Sundowns v TP Mazembe

Mamelodi Sundowns have lifted silverware again in the form of the CAF Super Cup after defeating TP Mazembe 1-0 at the Loftus Versveld Stadium.

Brazilian defender Ricardo Nascimento converted from the penalty spot after Hlompho Kekana was fouled in the 80th minute. The results see Sundowns lift the silverware as the Super Cup champions.

Pitso Mosimane and his troops now become the second team in South Africa to lift the continental trophy after Orlando Pirates in 1996 when they beat JS Kabylie of Algeria.

The teams were lined-up as follows:

Mamelodi Sundowns: Onyango, Morena, Arendse, Nascimento, Langerman, Mabunda, Kekana, T Zwane (Vilakazi 90+3′), Laffor, Billiat, Tau

TP Mazembe: Gbohouo, Issama, Kimwaki, Coulibaly, Kasusula, Sinkala, Adjei, Kalaba (A Traore 80′), Asante, Malango, Elia (Mputu 58′)