Sundowns lead, Cosmos’ woes continue

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Mamelodi Sundowns, the decorated Pretoria side, staged a coup this past weekend when they ascended to the summit of the Absa Premiership log.

Tied at 28 points with immediate neighbours and rivals, SuperSport United, Sundowns enjoy a healthy goal difference of +16 compared to SuperSport’s +13.

The two sides met on Friday night in the Tshwane derby in front of a packed Lucas Moripe Stadium. Sundowns emerged 3-1 victors thanks to a brace by come-back kid and former Orlando Pirates midfield sensation, Teko Modise.

The victory took the Brazilians to pole position – having played the same number of games as SuperSport. It was, most probably, a just reward for a Sundowns team that has been on form. A fortnight ago, they were unlucky not to claim the number one spot after they went down 1-0 to Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus.

In that match, just as Friday night, they were clinical and dictated terms but were let down by hapless finishing. However, it now seems Sundowns mentor, Johan Neeskens has been sharpening the goalscoring skills of his players. “He (Neeskens) has installed lot of confidence in the team and encourages us to play according to our strengths,” Modise raved about his boss following their win.

SuperSport, though, will fill they still have a chance to reclaim their spot. To be fair, SuperSport has been playing good football this season and winning games consistently. What will be worrying to Gavin Hunt, the United coach, is that the defeat to Sundowns was their second loss in a trot.

Kaizer Chiefs, the self-styled Glamour Boys of South African football, moved a step closer to the top when they beat a much-improved Free Stars 2-1 at the FNB Stadium this Saturday.

Amakhosi had to recover from a goal down to claim the three points. More importantly, only one point separates them with the incumbent leaders, Sundowns.

Moroka Swallows kept their fight spot following their goalless draw with Platinum Stars.

The big results of the weekend came from Bloemfontein where Bloemfontein Celtic beat reigning champions, Orlando Pirates 1-0.

A Clifford Mulenga strike sunk Bucs to their first defeat in four games. Pirates are now on 21 points – seven points shy of leaders.

At the bottom, the situation hasn’t changed much. Jomos Comsos are still rooted at the bottom following their 3-1 defeat by Maritzburg United at the Harry Gwala Stadium. Cosmos have won only one game this season.

Black Leopards, second from bottom, also suffered a bruising defeat to BidVest Wits at home. They lost the game 2-1.

Troubled Cape side, Santo’s woes continued unabated this season as they went down 2-1 to Amazulu at Athlone Stadium.

Santos are third from bottom with 11 points from 14 games.