Sundowns suffer title blow

Sundowns suffer title blow
Hlompho Kekana of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by George Lebese of Supersport United during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Supersport United at the Loftus Versveld Stadium, Pretoria on the 17 April 2019 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Wednesday Apr 17, 2019. 21:58

Mamelodi Sundowns suffered a major title blow as they slumped to a 2-0 Absa Premiership defeat at home to SuperSport United on Wednesday evening.

Defeat leaves the Brazilians six points behind log leaders Orlando Pirates as they fell to third place on the log standings. Victory moves SuperSport up to fourth, a point behind the defending league champions.

Sundowns dominated the early exchanges, but lacked quality in the final third on the night and SuperSport duly opened the scoring against the run of play on the half-hour mark.

Grant Kekana lost his marker before nodding home Aubrey Modiba's pin-point cross onto the post and past Kennedy Mweene in the Sundowns goal.

Ghampani Lungu doubled SuperSport's lead in the 79th minute, four minutes after rising off the bench in place of George Lebese. The young forward making no mistake from close range after the Brazilians failed to clear their lines.

The goal served as the killer blow and despite late pressure from the hosts, SuperSport held on for all three points.

Mamelodi Sundowns (0) 0

SuperSport United (1) 2 (G.Kekana 30' Lungu 79')

Mamelodi Sundowns: Mweene; Ngcongca, Arendse, Nascimento, Langerman (Jali 89'), Mabunda, H.Kekana, Lakay, Zwane, Mahlambi (Brockie 67'), Tade (Vilakazi 66').

SuperSport United: Williams; Nhlapo, G.Kekana, Daniels, Bhasera, Furman, Mokoena (Webber 76'), Modiba (Khumalo 90'), Lebese (Lungu 65'), Macuphu, Grobler.

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