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article imageSoccer: South African team Sundowns make history with 24-0 win

By Kev Hedges     Mar 6, 2012 in Sports
Kimberley - South African side Mamelodi Sundowns ran riot in a weekend cup match televised live throughout the African continent. They beat hapless division four club Powerlines FC 24-0 and the Sundowns were the away team.
Dutch team manager Johan Neeskens had nothing but warm praise for his side as they set about destroying Powerlines into a televised humiliation. The Sundowns were already 10-0 up at half time and the result bettered the previous cup records in South African top level soccer by eight goals. Durban-based club AmaZulu recorded two 16-0 wins, one in 1976 and the other ten years later. Neeskens praised his players for not showboating or producing any "gallery football" but keeping it simple and work-like:
I want to compliment my players for entertaining the public and going about their job seriously, there was no "gallery" football because they know I will not tolerate that. My instructions were to score as many goals as possible. This result is good for our confidence and what I really admired was the way the team kept it simple even when dominant.
Neeskens is a former assistant manager at top Spanish club Barcelona and he joined Sundowns in July 2011. The cup game itself means Sundowns have cruised through to the next round of the cup. Goal difference in cup matches is meaningless but the former Barca number two believes his side will have had an amazing confidence boost and good run out, reports BBC Sport.
Things could have been worse for the home side after Sundowns had two goals disallowed and hit the woodwork once. Powerlines goalkeeper Thabang Louw was strangely positive after letting in so many goals, he told reporters after the game he "will learn from the tough experience".
Striker Hlompho Kekana rattled in seven goals while fellow front man and Zimbabwean Nyasha Mushekwi notched six. Even midfielder Richard Henyekane bagged five in a game played in sweltering conditions at Powerlines' Kimberley-based ground.
However the impressive 24-0 scoreline has a long way to go to beat the all time African record. In 2002 newly-crowned Madagascan league champions AS Adema pulverised their arch-rivals Stade Olympique I'Emyrne 149-0 in a top national league game. But Olympique were deliberately scoring one own goal after another in protest over a refereeing decision.
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