Defending champions Sundowns sweat to go top with Pirates
Sundowns navigate a tricky encounter with Chippa United to collect maximum points before hoping onto the flight for clash with Wydad in Casablanca on Friday
Mamelodi Sundowns came from a goal down to beat Chippa United 3-2 at Loftus Versfeld on Tuesday afternoon and move level at the top of the Premiership table‚ just behind leaders Orlando Pirates on goal difference. Mark Mayambela put the struggling Port Elizabeth-based side ahead but Hlompho Kekana‚ Sibusiso Vilakazi and Gaston Sirino all scored to turn it around and keep the holders on course to defending their title. Rhulani Manzini pulled one back with six minutes to go to make Sundowns sweat for their points. The afternoon game‚ rearranged to allow Sundowns to catch an 8.30pm flight to Morocco for Friday’s African Champions League clash against Wydad Casablanca‚ was a potential banana skin but the champions came through in the end. Pitso Mosimane surprised by keeping all but one of the starting line-up from a bruising trip to Polokwane over the Easter weekend and although Sundowns did pass the ball around‚ it was without the customary crispness.
But they did have an early ...