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Power Dynamos beat SA’s Mamelodi Sundowns

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Power DynamosPower Dynamos established themselves as favourites for the four team tournament taking place in Ndola following their 3 – 2 victory over guests Mamelodi Sundowns at Mwanawasa Stadium on Saturday.

Billy Mutale opened the scoring for the co-hosts in the 8th minute with a powerful header to beat Kennedy Mweene in goal for Sundowns but Wayne Arendse levelled matters three minutes later with a finish from inside the box. Emmanuel Chimpinde restored Power Dynamos’ advantage in the 15th minute with another close range header after being set up by Kennedy Mudenda.

Sundowns levelled matters five minutes before the break when Anthony Laffor found a pass to an unmarked Cuthbert Malajila who did not make a mistake, firing a low shot beyond Joshua Titima from inside the box.

After the break, Sundowns dominated possession and pushed forward more than they did in the first half but failed to create chances to break the deadlock.

Substitute Elias Pelembe, Thamsanqa Sangweni and Anthony Laffor had good chances but they were all wasted in front of goal.

However, despite being on the backfoot for long periods it was Power Dynamos who found the breakthrough when substitute Kobe Chipeta superbly controlled an aerial pass before volleying the ball beyond Mweene in the 85th minute.

Power Dynamos assistant coach Anderson Phiri was happy with the display by his charges.

“We only started training for this tournament on Monday so our boys lacked the required fitness for such games. We played well in the first half but Sundowns were on top of us in the second. We then changed our plan to play on the counter and tried to push forward. We told the boys to enjoy themselves and not to panic,” said Phiri
And Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane congratulated Power Dynamos for a deserved win.

“I congratulate the coach of Power Dynamos for a deserved win. We allowed two soft goals which at this level and for a team of our experience is not expected. We played well in the second half, we dominated the match but that does not say much because the final score does not show that,” said Mosimane

And in the match played early at the same venue, an own goal at the death by Bonwell Silengo condemned Zesco United to defeat at the hands of Congolose side Don Bosco.

The next round of action returns on Wednesday when Zesco United take on Power Dynamos at 14:30hrs. The late kick-off featuring Mamelodi Sundowns and Don Bosco will start at 17:00hrs. / FAZ


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