Downs open league win in style
Mamelodi Sundowns managed to book their first 2015/16 Absa Premiership victory when they beat Bidvest Wits 4-2 at Lucas Moripe Stadium yesterday.
A brace by Cuthbert Malajila, and solitary strikes by Khama Billiat and Teko Modise were enough for Pitso Mosimane’s men to bag the full three points, while a brace by Daine Klate gave the Students something to cheer about.
As early as the eighth minute, Modise produced some flair by getting the better of the ex-Brazilian Jabulani Shongwe with a “shibobo” – and the latter receiving a yellow card.
However, in the 17th minute, Sundowns skipper Ramahlwe Mphahlele showed his leadership when he cleared the ball off Kennedy Mweene’s line as he was beaten by Klate’s header.
But it was the hosts who grabbed the lead three minutes later through Malajila as he received a pass from Billiat and slotted home with ease, beating the oncoming Moeneeb Josephs.
In the 33rd minute, Hunt’s men made some efforts to retaliate when they received a free-kick on the edge of the box. But Klate’s attempt flew over the bar, not troubling Mweene at all.
Both sides made attempts to move forward but it was Sundowns who held on to 1-0 their lead towards the interval.??
The Braamfontein side came back from the tunnel stronger and managed to give Mweene something to work on, but the Zambian keeper parried Klate’s shot over the bar and Buhle Mkhwanazi’s try hit the cross bar.
Just after the 50th minute, Botswana international Mogakolodi Ngele found space down the left and unleashed a thunderbolt, which was tipped over by Josephs. Shongwe again showed his speed and awareness as he managed to take a shot which went over Mweene’s posts.
In the 62nd minute, the hosts failed to deal with a cross from the right and found Klate in the box, who outjumped a defender and beat Mweene to find an equaliser.
As time was running out and both sides were seemingly settling for a draw, the Brazilians pushed forward, searching for a second one, and they were rewarded. Malajila tussled for the ball with Josephs in the box until he forced the goal as he was tackled to hand the hosts a 2-1 lead.
A few seconds later, Elias Pelembe’s effort hit the posts, but it was the hosts who continued to show hunger when Billiat finished a beautiful through pass from Hlompho Kekana to make it 3-1. With just two minutes remaining on the board, midfield general Modise made it four, with a thunderous curling effort from the edge of the box and giving Josephs no chance.
The Clever Boys could not give up as they found their second one through Klate. They walked away with a loss. The win for Sundowns takes Mosimane’s charges to position one on the log, while Wits occupy seventh with three points.
In another Absa Premiership match at Tuks Stadium, the University of Pretoria beat Polokwane City 3-0.
SCORER Mamelodi Sundowns’ two-goal hero Cuthbert Malajila races for the ball during the match against Bidvest Wits yesterday at Lucas Moripe Stadium