Aubrey Ngoma of Cape Town City challenged by Hlompho Kekana of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Cape Town City at Loftus Versveld Stadium, Pretoria South Africa on 19 December 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Tuesday Dec 19, 2017. 22:02
Cape Town City moved up to second spot on the Absa Premiership log standings following a 1-0 win over Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Stadium on Tuesday evening.
The Citizens four points behind the Brazilians who end 2017 at the league summit having conjured 28 points from 14 matches.
In search of their third straight victory over Pitso Mosimane's troops, City absorbed all the early pressure before finding the opener as a similar scenario threatened to unfold.
A devastating counter-attack as Aubrey Ngoma burst in behind the Sundowns defensive-line before teeing up Nana Akosah-Bempa for his first City goal in the 27th minute of the game.
The hosts went in immediate search of parity with Percy Tau and Hlompho Kekana forcing Sage Stephens into successive saves at the other end of the pitch.
It would be City, though, to go closest to the next goal with Roland Putsche squandering a golden chance to double the visitors lead. The midfielder denied by Denis Onyango who made a brilliant save.
City 1-0 up as the two teams headed for the tunnel at the break.
Sundowns tried their best to pull level following the interval, but found it increasingly difficult as City remained resolute in defence.
Themba Zwane finding the side-netting instead of the back of the goal in the 72nd minute for the home side.
City ultimately holding on for all three points as they now set their sights on leapfrogging their opponents in the New Year.
Mamelodi Sundowns (0) 0
Cape Town City (1) 1 (Akosah-Bempa 27')
Mamelodi Sundowns: Onyango; Langerman, Arendse (Hachi 90+2'), S.Zwane - Manyisa, Kekana (Ngele 87'), Mabunda, Morena - Tau, T.Zwane Sekotlong (Zakri 73').
Cape Town City: Stephens; Edmilson, Johannes, Fielies, Mkhize - Nodada, Putsche, Ngoma (Modise 46') - Lakay (Obinna 74'), Martin (Kobola 87'), Akosah-Bempa.