Sundowns win over Chippa builds exciting title race

Hlompo Kekana and Themba Zwane
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Mamelodi Sundowns beat Chippa United 3-2 in a league match at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria on Tuesday afternoon. Chippa opened the scoring in the 25th minute through Mark Mayambela. The Brazilians levelled matters in the 42nd minute through Hlompho Kekana.

Sibusiso Vilakazi increased the lead for the home team when he scored in the 56th minute. Gaston Sirino scored the final goal for Sundowns in the 68th minute. Lerato Manzini reduced the deficit for the visitors at the death. Mosimane says they changed the team a bit thinking of Wydad Casablanca CAF Champions League semi-final match away on Friday.

Sundowns are now level on points with Orlando Pirates on 50 points, but are second on the log on goal difference. They have won 13 matches, drawn eleven and lost three times. Their next match will be against Black Leopards on the 1st of next month. Mosimane did not want to comment on their league’s aspirations.

Chippa are lying precariously on the log on the 14th spot with 24 points from 27 matches. They have won five matches, drawn nine and lost 13 matches. Coach Clinton Larsen praised his players fighting spirit.

Chippa came into the match after they suffered a 4-2 defeat against Kaizer Chiefs in the Nedbank Cup semi-final match on Saturday. Their next fixture will be against Cape Town City on Friday. Larsen says they will survive relegation.

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