THE University of Pretoria cruised to a comfortable 3-1 victory over Black Leopards in an Absa Premiership encounter at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Saturday afternoon.
Bongani Zungu’s first half strike coupled with a brace from Mame Niang demoted Lidoda Duvha back into the relegation zone. Leopards’ goal was scored by Raymond Monama.
AmaTuks dominated the game and deservedly leave Polokwane with all three points.
Leopards had a great chance to score within the second minute of the encounter. Rodney Ramagalela made a driving run down the right flank before delivering a precise ball to the feet of Karabo Tshepe, but the midfielder could only manage to blast his first-time shot well over the crossbar from close range.
The early scare seemed to waken AmaTuks, with Mame Niang going close on two occasions in the space of a minute for the University side.
First the Senegalese striker could only manage to chest the ball over Postnet Omony’s crossbar in the fifth minute, before the AmaTuks talisman headed the ball agonisingly wide of the Lidoda Duvha keeper’s right hand post from an Aubrey Ngoma free-kick in the sixth minute of the game.
The away side deservedly opened the scoring in the 11th minute of the game through Bongani Zungu. The dynamic midfielder controlled an Ngoma ball superbly before hammering home from inside the area to register his seventh goal of the campaign.
Despite the explosive start to the half, neither side managed to challenge the opposition keeper’s abilities for the remainder of the first 45.
AmaTuks dominated the earlier exchanges and could have been up by a few goals before the 15 minute mark. Leopards, on the other hand, only had the one clear cut opportunity in the half, which ended 1-0 to AmaTuks courtesy of an 11th minute strike from Zungu.
Lidoda Duvha started clawing their way back into the tie at the start of the second stanza, looking better in possession and creating chances going forward. Despite fighting their way back into the game, it was AmaTuks who scored the next goal.
Mame Niang doubled his side’s lead on the hour mark from an Ngoma corner kick. The lanky striker rose highest in the area before directing a powerful header into the back of the net, the goal was the forward’s ninth in the league this season.
Raymond Monama pulled one back for the home side in the 64th minute of the match. The midfielder took advantage of the AmaTuks defence backing off him for a second, to hit a dipping effort in the back of the net from just outside the box.
Niang once again extended his side’s lead in the 80th minute of the game. Moussono-Moussono pulled the ball back into the path of the former Wolfsburg man and he made no mistake, sliding the ball past a helpless Omony to net his 10th goal of the campaign.
Both sides created great chances to change the score sheet in the final 10 minutes of the game, but it was not to be.
The win takes AmaTuks into sixth place on the log, while the loss for Leopards means that they slip into 15th place on the log and back into the relegation zone by virtue of goal difference.
Black Leopards (0) 1 (Monama 64’)
AmaTuks (1) 3 (Zungu 11’ Niang 60’ 80’)
Black Leopards: Omony, Kamhuka, Ntshingila, Kwena, Bobe (73’ Obaje), Ramagalela, Monama, Mabunda, Zulu (Amidu 57’), Sithole, Tshepe (Nkambule 46’)
AmaTuks: Arubi, Kobola, Mkhwanazi, Shoyisa, Moussono-Moussono, Ketjijere, Selolwane (Mutizwa 90’), Matsi (Maruping 32’), Ngoma, Zungu, Niang.-Backpage TXT