Sundowns return to winning ways, United and Tuks in a thriller
Mamelodi Sundowns went back to the second on table after adding to the woes of the struggling Golden Arrows with a 2-0 win over Abafana Bes’thende in the Absa Premiership match at Loftus Stadium on Wednesday night.
The win was the first in last five matches for the Brazilians, and it takes them to second on the log with 28 after 15 matches, but they trail log leaders Kaizer Chiefs, who beat SuperSport United on the same night by 11 points.
“I am happy that we scored today as was that was the case when we lost against Kaizer Chiefs at home in our last match. I am also happy to see Khama Billiat scoring because he plays well and he deserves to score,” Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane told SuperSport TV after the match.
The home side took the lead as early as 10 minutes when the Zimbabwean striker Khama Billiat connected with Bryce Moon’ cross from the right and headered past Ryan Harrison to give his side an early lead.
In the 56th minutes, Liberian attacker Antony Laffor made sure of the results when he slotted in at the back post after a flick on by Khama Billiat to leave Golden Arrows rooted at the bottom of the table with 10 points after 16 matches, and six points away from safety.
In the other Absa Premiership match in Pretoria, Maritzburg United scored three goals after 80 minutes to fight back from 1-0 down to win 3-2 in a match that ended dramatically at the rainy Tuks Stadium.
The home side opened the scoring early on in the match by Atusaye Nyondo, but Kurt Lentjies and defender Mario Booysen scored in quick succession with less than 10 minutes to play to make the score 2-1.
Thabo Mnyamane thought he had snatched a point for the host when he scored a sublime free-kick in optional time, but new winger at club Bongolethu Jayiya had other ideas when he round the ‘keeper before slotting the winner in the last minute of added time to hand new coach Steve Kompela a winning start and take his side six points away from the drop zone.