Neeskens' future in doubt after Downs' fans fury
RIOT police were called in to escort Mamelodi Sundowns fans from the match venue yesterday as the supporters made it clear that they no longer want coach Johan Neeskens in charge.
"Coach must go, coach must go," they chanted, having made their way onto the pitch after the final whistle. Police failed in their attempts to hold the fans back, and it made for disturbing scenes.
This all came after the Brazilians' on-field woes continued when they suffered a 2-0 defeat to Moroka Swallows - their fourth loss in six Absa Premiership matches.
The coach is believed to have the backing of club president Patrice Motsepe, but after yet another loss his support might have wavered.
Motsepe has often responded to fans' calls for previous coaches to be axed, and there is nothing to suggest he won't do the same this time.
Sundowns find themselves third from bottom on the PSL table, having been sunk by an early goal from their former player Lerato Chabangu and a screamer from Felix Obada in the first half.
The Dube Birds overturned a three-year winless streak against Downs in the Premier League. As much as the victory sums up how brilliant Swallows have been in the past two seasons, it also highlights the doldrums in which Sundowns find themselves.
Swallows were also favourites going into the match because of their MTN8 Cup win two weeks ago - when they humbled Sundowns with a 6-5 aggregate score in the two-leg semifinal.
A midweek draw against rivals Supersport United at Lucas Moripe seemed to have calmed the hostile situation at Chloorkop, and Neeskens said his side had improved. But this is far from the truth based on yesterday's evidence.
Sundowns have just one win in six league matches this season.
Yesterday, inspirational captain Teko Modise was missed terribly as the Sundowns midfield was lifeless, while the Dube Birds dazzled.
Elias Pelembe, who was given a rare start by the coach, was replaced at halftime by Nyasha Mushekwi, confirming that all is not well between player and mentor.
The home side moved up to sixth spot on the standings, but are still seven points behind log leaders Kaizer Chiefs.
In the other league match yesterday, Bloemfontein Celtic's Lennox Bacela scored the winner 11 minutes from time in the game against Orlando Pirates.