MAMELODI Sundowns kept their unbeaten start to the Absa Premiership intact with an emphatic 7-1 win over AmaZulu at Loftus Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Goals from Hlompho Kekana, Cuthbert Malajila, Dove Wome and a brace apiece from Katlego Mashego and second half substitute Katlego Mphela guided ‘Downs to the top of the table.
Sthembiso Ngcobo found the back of the net for Usuthu from the spot.
AmaZulu went into the encounter with a dismal record against Downs, having only tasted success on six occasions in 49 meetings between the two sides in the league.
The poor record continued as ‘Downs took the Kwazulu-Natal side to the cleaners with a terrific display of attacking football.
Pitso Mosimane only made one change to the side that beat Bidvest Wits in their last Absa Premiership encounter with Rashid Sumaila replacing Wayne Arendse in the starting 11.
AmaZulu coach Craig Rosslee opted to play Sthembiso Ngcobo and Njabulo Manqana up front, while Bongani Ndulula who has been in good form this season had to settle for a place on the bench.
Kekana got the home side off to the perfect start, finding the back of the net in the second minute of the encounter. The midfielder’s powerful effort from range took a deflection off Carlington Nyadombo before hitting the underside of the crossbar and ending up in the back of the net.
Malajila made it 2-0 in the 21st minute of the encounter when he reacted quickest in the danger area to score his third goal of the campaign.
A minute later it was 3-0 in favour of the Brazilians. Khama Billiat found Mashego inside the box, the former Moroka Swallows forward turned beautifully before stabbing the ball past a helpless Tapuwa Kapini to open his account for the campaign.
AmaZulu looked dead and buried as ‘Downs controlled possession and passed the ball with confidence to the frustration of Rosslee.
Just as Usuthu thought things couldn’t get worse, Dove Wome made it 4-0 a minute before the break. The Togolese midfielder played a neat one-two with Malajila before finding the back of the net via the inside post.
Sthembiso Ngcobo had an opportunity to pull a goal a back in first half stoppage time but Kennedy Mweene was up to the task to deny the forward from close range.
The game looked all over at the break as ‘Downs jogged into the changing room with smiles on their faces, 4-0 ahead.
Sundowns looked content in sitting back in the second stanza, welcoming Amazulu on to them and hitting Usuthu on the counter.
Sthembiso Ngcobo pulled one back for the visitors from the penalty spot in the 65th minute. The on-loan Kaizer Chiefs striker blasted past Mweene after Alja Schut was adjudged to have pushed Ayanda Dlamini inside the area.
Mashego put the result beyond any doubt, completing his brace in the 80th minute. Last season’s top goal scorer ran onto a perfectly weighted through ball from Mzikayise Mashaba before slotting the ball past Kapini.
Then Katlego ‘Killer’ Mphela made it six, six minutes later, blasting a volley past Kapini from a Billiat chipped pass before completing his double in stoppage time to mark his return in style.
The rest of yesterday’s results are: Moroka Swallows 2 v Bloemfontein Celtic 2 and Platinum Stars 2 v Mpumalanga Black Aces 2.
Sundowns (4) 7 (Kekana 2’ Malajila 21’ Mashego 22’ 80’ Wome 44’ Mphela 86’ 90+2’)
AmaZulu (0) 1 (Ngcobo 65’pen)
Sundowns: Mweene, Langerman, Schut, Moon, Malajila (Mashaba 64’), Wome (Moriri 74’), Kekana, Billiat, Zungu, Mashego (Mphela 84’), Sumaila
AmaZulu: Kapini, Horaeb, Van Heerden, Nyadombo, Teyise, G Dlamini, Mthiyane (Madubanya 36’), Madondo (Ndulula 50’), A Dlamini, Manqana, Ngcobo (Urikhob 76’).-Backpage TXT