Themba Zwane grabbed a spectacular first-half hat-trick against AmaZulu to power Mamelodi Sundowns to the summit of the DStv Premiership on Sunday.
The Brazilians stormed back to the top of the table where they lead with 10 points after four matches. Their undefeated record in the league stand at three wins and one draw. With the victory, Downs overtook Orlando Pirates and Swallows at the top who both sit with eight points.
Zwane, who is the current PSL footballer of the season, showed his class with a superb individual performance, but it was AmaZulu who were the first to get onto the scoresheet with a goal from Lehlohonolo Majoro in the 15th minute.
Sundowns defender and skipper for the day Ricardo Nascimento had a horror of a match and nearly cost his team the three points. It was a mistake from his back pass that led to Majoro’s goal.
That goal seemed to spur the defending champions to life and they responded in emphatic fashion.
Zwane scored in the 19th, 21st and 30th minute with his second goal standing out as the best of the three.
The Bafana Bafana international razzled and dazzled the Usuthu defence on the edge of the box before taking a two-step and immediate shot with the left foot for the goal.
Coach Ayanda Dlamini’s men demonstrated tremendous resilience during the match as they kept fighting on against the richly assembled Chloorkop opponents.
Nascimento continued to have a difficult afternoon shift as the visiting team put pressure on the Sundowns defence, as he once again lost the ball in a dangerous area but fortunately for him Motjeka Madisha was there to clean up the mess.
But in the 48th minute, it was his mistake again that led to the second goal from Luvuyo Memela to make it 3-2.
Newly-signed striker Peter Shalulile was not about to be left out of the action as he scored the fourth goal in the 56th minute.
The KwaZulu-Natal club continued to fight back as Sandile Khumalo scored to make it 4-3. It was a nervous final 30 minutes as both teams aimed for more goals but in the end the home side held on for the win.