Mamelodi Sundowns Down Richards Bay in the Nedbank Cup, Score 4 To Book Their Place in the Next Round

Mamelodi Sundowns Down Richards Bay in the Nedbank Cup, Score 4 To Book Their Place in the Next Round

Byron Pillay
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:55 PM
  • Mamelodi Sundowns secured their place in the next round of the tournament after beating Richards Bay FC
  • Mamelodi Sundowns scored 4 goals with new signing Surprise Ralani scoring the opening goal of the game
  • Mamelodi Sundowns will next face Chippa United in the DStv Premiership on the back of the Nedbank Cup win

It’s no surprise that Mamelodi Sundowns beat Richards Bay in their Nedbank Cup clash but it was a surprise who scored.

Surprise Ralani marked his Sundowns debut with a goal as the Brazilians cruised to a 4-0 win over their GladAfrica Championship opponents.

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Khuliso Mudau was named as the man of the match for his performance in the game between Sundowns and Richards Bay. Image: @sailor_mudau
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Sports Brief monitored the round of 32 encounter which saw Richards Bay start much the better side. The Rich Boys had more possession of the ball in the first half as Sundowns didn’t seem to settle at all.

Richards Bay couldn’t capitalize on their few counter-attacks and were punished for it in the 25th minute when Surprise Ralani scored. Richards Bay keeper Malcolm Jacobs punched away a cross straight into the path of Ralani who put the ball away.

Sundowns went into the break only a goal up but came out a stronger side in the second half. In the 54th minute, Rushine De Reuck headed in from a corner, into the top corner, giving the defense no chance of stopping it.

In the 70th minute, substitute Pavol Safranko headed in from a Khuliso Mudau cross.

Peter Shalulile rounded off the scoring also with a header to cap off a great evening for Richards Bay.

Khuliso Mudau was named man of the match for his performance, peppering the Richards Bay defenders with numerous crosses.

Sundowns now turn their attention to the DStv Premiership on Monday when they take on Chippa United.

Mamelodi Sundowns wary of the threat that Richards Bay FC pose, won't take giant-killers lightly in Nedbank Cup

Earlier Sports Brief reported Mamelodi Sundowns players have been warned not to take Richards Bay FC lightly in their Nedbank Cup clash. The Brazilians, who top the DStv Premiership standings, take on Richards Bay FC, who currently top the GladAfrica Championship log, in a round of 32 clash.

While Sundowns are favourites going into the game, co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi has warned his charges not to underestimate the opposition, Sport24 reported. Richards Bay FC has earned the reputation of being giant killers. The Rich Boys knocked out Kaizer Chiefs from the tournament, KickOff reported.

Richards Bay FC was formed in 2017 after Thanda Royal Zulu sold their status to Amazulu. Thanda Royal Zulu had secured promotion to the Premier Soccer League but Amazulu bought the franchise. Richards Bay FC was then formed in the area and is owned by Jomo Biyela.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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