Sundowns grab late winner to close gap on Chiefs

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Hlompho Kekana of Mamelodi Sundowns challenges Seth Pausnath of Golden Arrows during their Absa Premiership match at Dobsonville Stadium. Picture: Sydney Mahlangu/Gallo Images/BackpagePix
Hlompho Kekana of Mamelodi Sundowns challenges Seth Pausnath of Golden Arrows during their Absa Premiership match at Dobsonville Stadium. Picture: Sydney Mahlangu/Gallo Images/BackpagePix

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Mamelodi Sundowns have set up a top of the table clash with Kaizer Chiefs on Thursday that will give us the clearest indication of who will hoist the Absa Premiership title on September 5.

Downs secured a last-ditch 1-0 win over Golden Arrows to reduce the gap at the top to only three points.

Chiefs have 53 points while Downs are on 50.

The defending champions capitalised on Chiefs’ failure to defeat Stellenbosch at the weekend. Amakhosi and Stellies drew 1-1.

Themba Zwane grabbed the late winning goal for Sundowns in injury time as the team toiled until the very last minute against a stubborn Arrows.

Abafana Bes’thende held their own against the title chasing Brazilians at the Dobsonville Stadium.

It looked like Sundowns would once again walk empty handed in the league, but they capitalised on a late mistake from Thabani Zuke to grab the winning goal.

Zuke was caught napping on the ball and was dispossessed by Keletso Makgalwa who passed it to Lebohang Maboe who delivered a cross to Zwane for the long-awaited goal.

Downs were winless in the league since the start of the bio-bubble. They had previously played three draws and lost one game.

The club had on numerous occasions failed to close the gap with leaders Chiefs.

Now it’s down to a mere three points and the two leaders could be all square by the end of the week.

Both teams have four games remaining and the battle for the R15 million prize money will surely go down to the wire.


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