24-0... Football or Basketball Scoreline?

For a basketball lover, a scoreline like 24-0 would be welcomed, if it was in his/her team's favour. However, for a football (soccer) fan, this scoreline would be unthinkable, either way. Well, it actually happened! 

Mamelodi Sundowns' Dutch coach, Johan Neeskens had nothing but praise for his side after they recorded the largest win in South African soccer history on that fateful Sunday in the 2011/2012 Football Season. Sundowns beat fourth-tier side Powerlines FC 24-0 in a cup match! Half-time score was 10-0. The result bettered two 16-0 cup victories in 1976 and 1986 by Durban based AmaZulu FC.

"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", said Neeskens.

Neeskens, a midfielder in the Netherlands teams who lost the 1974 and 1978 World Cup finals, backed his decision to brutally expose Powerlines during a cup tie televised live throughout Africa.

"My instructions were to score as many goals as possible," said the former Barcelona assistant coach, who joined Sundowns in the middle of last year. This result is good for our confidence and what I really admired was the way the team kept it simple even when dominant".


Played in swelteringly-hot conditions in Kimberley, midfielder Hlompho Kekana finished the game with seven goals, Zimbabwe's Nyasha Mushekwi notched six while fellow striker Richard 

Henyekane bagged five. It could have been even more embarrassing for the home side as Sundowns had two goals disallowed and rattled the crossbar once as they cruised into the last 16 of the annual competition.

Powerlines goalkeeper Thabang Louw wore a surprisingly broad smile after the game, telling reporters he was determined to learn from "a very tough experience" against Sundowns. 

STRANGE BUT TRUE: Would you believe that Sundowns' 24-0 scoreline is NOT the African record? Well, the record margin of victory in African football is the 149-0 (yes, 149 goals to nil!) win by Malagasy club, AS Adema over Stade Olympique Emyrne! How did it happen? 

Well, the losing team deliberately scored endless own goals to protest a refereeing decision. Yes, this is strange, but true!

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