Mamelodi Sundowns picked up three valuable points on the road, as they beat Amazulu 3-1 in an entertaining Absa Premiership match played at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi near Durban on Friday evening.
Sundowns opened the scoring in the 24th minute from the penalty spot after Amazulu defender Sadat Ouro-Akoriko brought down Percy Tau. Ricardo Nascimento had no problem in converting the penalty.
However, the former CAF African Champions League winners will be disappointed in the manner in which they conceded the equaliser when their defensive wall failed to stand firm against an Amazulu free-kick in the 37th minute, with Usuthu striker Mhlengi Cele levelling matters.
Despite Sundowns’ raids on the Amazulu goal area, they seemed to lack the finishing finesse that they are renowned for. Whatever coach Pitso Mosimane said to his charges in the change-room at half-time seemed to do the trick, and they took the lead four minutes after the break.
Sibusiso Vilakazi was the man to find the back of the Amazulu net, after receiving the ball from Themba Zwane, after some poor defending by the home side.
Then on the hour mark, midfielder Gaston Sirino played the ball to Tau who brought Themba Zwane into play. His shot on goal was kept out by the Amazulu goal-post, but Vilakazi was on hand to tap home the Brazilians’ third goal of the evening.
Sundowns entrenched their top-of-the-table standing in moving to 43 points from 23 games, and will shift their focus to continental action, as they prepare to take on Rwanda’s Rayan Sport in a CAF Champions League first round, first leg game on Wednesday.
Amazulu, who remain on 27 points from 23 matches, will focus on their next fixture, which is a Nedbank Cup against Free State Stars in Durban on March 9.