Modiba’s superb strike helps Sundowns beat City

Aubrey Modiba’s first goal of the 2022/23 DStv Premiership is a strike likely to be the goal of the month after receiving a standing ovation from both groups of Mamelodi Sundowns and Cape Town City supporters on Friday night.

The Sundowns started their league title defense well by beating the Citizens 2-0 at the DHL Stadium in the Mother City.

Modiba scored a sublime free-kick on the hour mark, giving last season’s keeper Hugo Marques no chance as he fired into the roof of the net to mark the opener of the new season.

Before the fans could catch their breath, veteran Downs striker and fan favorite Themba ‘Mshishi’ Zwane added to the visitors’ advantage two minutes after Modiba’s goal.

While Zwane was at the end of a nice chip on Marques, it was hard work from Hasshim Domingo who played a quick pass to his teammate and Zwane made it all easy by beating his markers with ease before shooting.

The 33-year-old appears to have come up with a new celebration, similar to the unusual one he did in the 2016/17 season, but instead of pulling his shirt this time around, he’s making a sleep gesture.

Nonetheless, the scoreline could have been different had City striker Luke Daniels capitalized on a 55th-minute chance. Khanyisile Mayo, who was City’s livewire on the right flank, played a striker’s dream of a cross, laying it in the path of young Daniels. However, the 18-year-old forward couldn’t direct his header and Ronwen Williams went untested.

City’s bench came up in the 80th minute when they thought they deserved a penalty. This was after Mothobi Mvala, who came off the bench, handled the ball in the box but the man in the middle failed to spot it as he waved to play, much to the coach’s chagrin Eric Tinkler and the rest of his team.

Sundowns’ next fixture will see them play their first home game of the season at Loftus Versfeld against TS Galaxy on Wednesday.