Going into this game Masandawana had a good run after beating Golden Arrows and log leaders Kaizer Chiefs, even with this loss against Baroka the Brazilians still remain in second spot with fifty-three points with two games to go.
Coach Pitso Mosimane made one change to the side and brought in Andile Jali for the injured Rivaldo Coetzee. The home-side started off well and put Bakgakga on the backfoot and searched for an early goal but the resilient defence led by captain Vusi Sibiya stood tall and allowed nothing to pass them. Masandawana kept on pushing for the opener and in the seventeenth minute Lyle Lakay put a perfect ball for Gaston Sirino but the Uruguayan could not find a perfect touch to finish it off.
It took a set-piece for Baroka to find the back of the net as Tshediso Patjie swang in a corner that found Ananias Gebhardt who out jumped the Masandawana defence and beat Kennedy Mweene to take the lead. Lakay in the thirty-six minute drilled in a free-kick that missed and went inches wide of Ayanda Dlamini’s goals.The first forty-five minutes ended with the Brazilians trailing behind.
Masandawana were the first to show their intentions as Sirino made a pass to Captain Hlompho Kekana and the skipper tried to chip Dlamini but his shot went over the bar. Sirino was at the end of a great long pass from Kekana and had his shot blocked by the visitors defender and still could not find the back of the net. With the time ticking Coach Pitso Mosimane called on his troops from the bench to come in and change the game. The Brazilians kept on pressing for the equaliser but Baroka stood firm and substitute Promise Mkhuma made a good run into the box and unleashed a shot that was goal bound but it took a deflection.
In added time Sirino saw his curler saved by Dlamini as the visitors took all three points but the Brazilians are still tied up with Kaizer Chiefs with two games to go.
Next up for Mamelodi Sundowns is Polokwane City on Wednesday, 2 September at 6PM.