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Posted: 16 April 2014 Time: 21:35

Mamelodi Sundowns maintained their lead at the top of the standings after a 1-0 win against Mpumalanga Black Aces at Loftus Stadium.

Elias Pelembe scored the winner early on as the Brazilians dominated proceedings against an Aces team devoid of five regulars owing to suspension and loan agreements.

Sundowns came flying out for the blocks and dominated for most of the first half.

Surprise Moriri had a chance after just two minutes when he was played in, but a poor first touch allowed Jackson Mabokgwane to rush out and thwart the danger.

Thabo Nthethe had a free header which the goalie saved at the second attempt soon after, but the goal did come on eight minutes.

Some good build-up play saw the ball find Tebogo Langerman on the left, and his cross was perfect for Pelembe, who made no mistake with the header.

There was insult added to injury soon afterwards when Mabokgwane was forced off with an ankle injury, to be replaced by eventual Man of the Match Bafana Nhlapo.

Sundowns continued to push forward but found the replacement in fine form. He first denied Teko Modise’s rocket with a one-handed save, before Nthethe’s header from the resultant corner was cleared off the line.

Modise then had a free-kick rattle the crossbar before Aces had their first shot at target, a wayward effort from Sandile Zuke on 34 minutes.

But for all the Sundowns pressure, it was Aces who almost scored just before the break. Mabhuti Khenyeza flicked the ball to Clifford Ngobeni, but Kennedy Mweene produced a world-class save down to his right to keep the lead intact.

The Brazilians continued to press after the break as Dove Wome and Hlompo Kekena came close with free-kicks, while Schut had his header cleared off the line by Thabang Rooi.

Nhlapo them came up with more magic to deny Rodney Ramagalela a wonder-goal, before saving a point-blank header from Schut.

However, it could all have ended in tears for Downs when a rare lapse at the back allowed Eddie Ngalo a free header on the six-yard box, but the effort went inches over.

So it is as you were in the standing, with Sundowns leading Chiefs by three points, but with the latter having a game in hand.

Livefyre comments on this story...

Mavisto DOWNS Up
posted: 2014-04-16 19:39:01

Thanks boys for those yellow three points, they are very welcomed into our yellow bag.

sam_sundawana
posted: 2014-04-16 19:40:48

Well done boys...keep on fighting, would like more goals though. Enouh with the 1 nils.

JBviaKBY
posted: 2014-04-16 19:43:15

Well done masandawana, the race continues Re Kao Fela Ka Bo Yellow.

#KBY

Aboutrigger the Rat Killer
posted: 2014-04-16 19:47:19

The loan agreement won you three points...

fhulu10
posted: 2014-04-16 19:47:22

Sundowns I remains our last game is marizburg going to kzn to celebrate with da champion. Katlehong branch 4lyf

JBviaKBY
posted: 2014-04-16 19:51:11

Aboutrigger the Rat Killer OK

sam_sundawana
posted: 2014-04-16 19:51:48

Shem....we have a bitter one here.

Double Action 7
posted: 2014-04-16 19:55:57

All I do is win win. Sundowns on course to break their own record of the most successive leauge matches in a row. 8 wins down, 3 more to go. wwwwwwww.

Silver Line KBY
posted: 2014-04-16 19:56:49

Thanks boys for job well done. Slowly and surely we're getting there. We have to beat swallows at all cost, I see points hanging on the tree there!

Double Action 7
posted: 2014-04-16 19:57:52

Aboutrigger the Rat Killer

hahahaha. Shame!

Eric Ramasike
posted: 2014-04-16 20:00:04

ka bo yellow

pdrr
posted: 2014-04-16 20:00:13

The most important game for us now is a swallows one. Very tricky, but we must win it at all cost.

Brazilianw1
posted: 2014-04-16 20:01:18

Well done bafana BA style, chips going to slip against wits

Double Action 7
posted: 2014-04-16 20:01:56

Barker looked sheepish after the game, I wonder if he is still sure that Chiefs will win the league.Where are his so-called "giant-killers"? They were lucky to escape with only 1-0.

King Kalushi
posted: 2014-04-16 20:02:09

Mphela is still keeping clean sheets

Fashion4
posted: 2014-04-16 20:03:58

and signdowns is going to flop against ssu and maritzberg united.

Tzozo (Rats are Double Trophyless)
posted: 2014-04-16 20:04:24

After your game against Swallows yo will be leading the defending champions by 3 points having played 2 games more. Your choking starts here.

Silver Line KBY
posted: 2014-04-16 20:13:24

heh heh heh! Football is cruel indeed! I wonder what Barker and company would say now after these results. They're running naked during the week saying mighty Downs would slip up. They eat a humble pie now.

Silver Line KBY
posted: 2014-04-16 20:14:30

Keep on dreaming! I like that.

congo brazaville
posted: 2014-04-16 20:18:03

so sibusiso vilakazi just take the footballer of the season, players player of the season and player of the season without even a competation?

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