Thousands of players attended trials across the country, however only 18 were chosen for the Ke Yona Team by a panel of selectors, which included Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba, Owen Da Gama, Khabo Zondo and Mike Mangena.
In the previous two editions, the Ke Yona team lost to Kaizer Chiefs through penalties before losing 2-0 to Orlando Pirates in 2014.
Downs coach Pitso Mosimane fielded a formidable starting XI after coming from a 5-4 loss on penalties against AmaZulu in the Uthungulu Mayoral Cup on Saturday.
Sundowns had control of the game in the early stages and this became evident with a number of entries into the box.
Tebogo Langerman failed to connect with a Teko Modise cross to put Downs in the lead early on.
Downs found the gap and opened the scoring in the 32nd minute through a combination play by veteran midfielder Surprise Modiri and Hlompho Kekana before allowing Mashego to tap in the leader.
The Brazilians continued to pile the pressure on the amateur side but went into the break with the solitary strike by Mashego.
The Ke Yona team looked rejuvenated in the second half but were depleted further as Mashego registered a brace after chipping a ball over goalkeeper Juyeza Rampheng.
Youngster Percy Tau was gifted with a chance to seal the match for the Brazilians but shot the ball straight into the hands ofthe substitute goalkeeper Nkosinathi Malubane, who came in for Rampheng shortly after conceding the second goal.
The Ke Yona team held their heads up high throughout the encounter against the seven-time league champions.
Now 16 of these players will be drafted into the 16 PSL teams where they will stay with the teams for a month.
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