It was a game of two halves this morning in Ulundi against Mamelodi Sundowns in the Multichoice Diski Challenge.
A well prepared Sundowns side took us to task in the first half. They came strong on attack and had us pinned back defensively for a large deal of the first half. Determined keeper, Mlungwana, had a battle on his hands as he fought to keep a clean sheet as Mamelodi Sundowns attacked from all angles.
He managed to do this well, having a number of brilliant saves, and keeping the opponents at bay for the first 45.
It was early in the second half that a missed pass in the midfield allowed Sundowns to counter quickly. We were caught lacking at the back, and the space created allowed Ngcongo to get a shot in past Mlungwana.
The team then pulled together and with some positional changes on the field started having more luck on the field. The players created chances and pushed into the final third but were not able to convert chances.
Late into the half we had a brilliant attempt at goal from Khwela who had been pushing hard the entire half. His shot was deflected and a lob back into the box found Nzuza under the ball.
He struck the ball well in the air, and directed the header past Sundowns keeper to find the late equaliser.
This resulted in a dynamic last 5 minutes of play where both sides threw all they had at the game to try and secure the win and three points.
We however ended up sharing the points this morning and will return to Durban to prepare for our last Challenge game for 2019 against Chippa United on the 23rd of Feb at Wolfson Stadium