Sundowns league juggernaut rolls on with win over Chippa United

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Peter Shalulile (Gallo Images)
Peter Shalulile (Gallo Images)

Mamelodi Sundowns’ league juggernaut continued unabated when they beat Chippa United 2-1 at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane.

The win, Sundowns’ 13th of the 2020/21 DSTV Premiership campaign, allowed them to go past Kaizer Chiefs’ 19-match unbeaten run from the successful 2014/15 title run.

They haven’t lost in 20 league games this season and extended their lead to six points ahead of second-placed AmaZulu, who will be their next opponents next week Wednesday.

Sundowns, who face Orlando Pirates in the last Nedbank Cup quarterfinal on Thursday, also have two games in hand on AmaZulu.

Themba Zwane got Sundowns in the lead before Augustine Kwem equalised, but the irrepressible Peter Shalulile won the game for the visitors.

Chippa, who are under the temporary guidance of Siyabulela Gwambi, have now gone nine games without a win.

It is a run that keeps Chippa rooted at 15th-place with 17 points, four ahead of Black Leopards and two behind Tshakuma Tsha Madzivhandila

Having applied all the early pressure, Sundowns took the lead in the 16th minute from the penalty spot after Riaan Hanamub fouled Aubrey Modiba in the box.

Peter Shalulile had got things going from a goal-scoring opportunity in the fifth minute when he forced an excellent save from Chippa goalkeeper Rachid Watenga.

Chances for both sides were few and far between for the better part of the first stanza, but Sundowns, the better and classier of the sides, retained possession better.

They could have and should have done more with it.

Sundowns continued where they left off in the second half with Zwane’s shot coming off the bar in the 48th minute.

It was the wake-up call the hosts needed as they equalised through Kwem, who’s finish was the cherry on top of an excellent run by Gregory Damons.

The goal began an unaccustomed period of dominance for Chippa, where they asked a number of pressing questions.

Chippa though were fortunate not to concede a 50th minute penalty when Isaac Nhlapo’s handball from Shalulile’s shot wasn’t picked up by referee Philangenkosi Khumalo.

Sundowns though were able to absorb the pressure and when Siphelele Mkhulise slipped through the defence and forced an excellent save from Watenga in the 72nd minute, Sundowns were back in the ascendancy.

They retook the lead two minutes when Shalulile bundled the ball over the line after Aubrey Modiba’s cross was kept in play by Lebohang Maboe.

They should have had the insurance third goal in the 88th minute, but Shalulile’s shot beat everyone but the upright.

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