Reserve striker Henyekane's winning goal gives Sundowns selection headache for Telkom final

A rare start for reserve striker Richard Henyekane, with a goal in Bloemfontein means Neeskens has to ponder options before final

Richard Henyekane came on for his first start of the year to score at the weekend and give his coach Johan Neeskens a selection headache.

The speed merchant had only played as a substitute this year, in the second league game of the season against Kaizer Chiefs, but put in a man of the match performance as Sundowns beat Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 away in the Absa Premiership on Sunday.

Henyekane, who was the league’s top scorer at the end of the 2008/9 Premier Soccer League season, was given a rare chance to show his ability as Sundowns rested key players ahead of the Telkom Knockout final in Durban on Saturday, where the Brazilians will again go head to head with Celtic.

The 29-year-old Henyekane scored in the 36th minute and caused general mayhem in the opposing defence to make a strong case to be included in the cup final line-up this coming weekend.

Given Sundowns’ goal drought this season – Henyekane’s winner on Sunday was only their seventh in 12 league matches – there will be a strong temptation for the Dutch coach to pick him ahead of Eleazar Rodgers or Anthony Laffor will be strong.

Before Sunday’s game Neeskens had claimed he was not interested in playing around with his team’s selection but in the end he did leave out Teko Modise, Dominquez and Laffor for the trip to the Free State capital.