Brian Mandela in a past Maritzburg United game. He was a late sub as the team came from a goal down to beat Ajax Cape Town 2 - 1 Maritzburg United
Mandela a late sub as Maritzburg opens 2018 on a high
By Dan Ngulu | Sat 06 Jan, 2018 10:38

Kenyan international Brian Mandela was a bit part player on Friday 5 January as his team in the Premier Soccer League (PSL), Maritzburg United came from a goal down to beat Ajax Cape Town 2 – 1 in league match staged at the Cape Town Stadium.

Mandela started from the bench and was introduced to the game in the 90th minute, replacing Lebohang Maboe as Maritzburg completed a comeback with goals from Deolin Mekoa and Siyanda Xulu in the second half, having gone to the break trailing from Tashreeq Morris’ sixth minute goal.

The win saw Maritzburg rise three places to sixth ahead of the Saturday and Sunday matches. The team has so far managed 21 points.

Seven appearances

The Kenyan international, who was a regular for Maritzburg in the past two seasons, playing 21 and 23 matches in the PSL, has only featured in seven of the team’s 15 matches this season, starting four, though he suffered an early season injury even as he was rumored to be on his way to Mamelodi Sundowns.

Sticking with the PSL, Masoud Juma’s new employers, Cape Town City FC will on Saturday 6 January take on Platinum Stars away from home but it is highly unlikely the Kenyan international will be playing a part in the game, having just sealed the move in the past week.

Omollo influential

In the Belgian second tier, First Division B, another Kenyan international, Johanna Omollo, was in action and won his team Cercle Brugge a 63rd minute penalty against Leuven after a tussle in the box with Mamadou Bagayoko, from which Irvin Cardona scored the all important goal for a 1 – 0 win.

The win saw Brugge ascend to the top of the log at Lierse’s expense, with 14 points, two more than Lierse and with a game more.

Dan Ngulu

Twitter: @danodinga

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