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Malajila brace helps Sundowns reel Chiefs in

Led the charge ... Cuthbert Malagila scored twice as Sundowns beat Swallows 4-1

10/02/2015 00:00:00
by Agencies
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ZIMBABWEAN Cuthbert Malajila scored twice as Sundowns recorded a comfortable 4-1 victory over struggling Moroka Swallows at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Tuesday night.

Mamelodi Sundowns came into this encounter unbeaten in their last 13 league matches, while Moroka Swallows were looking to build on their three-man unbeaten streak in Tshwane.

The home side threatened to punish their opponents inside the opening five minutes, with Khama Billiat coming close to breaking the deadlock with a well taken volley, only for Graig Etafia to make a superb save.

Swallows then managed to get behind the Sundowns' defence when Luyolo Nomandela sliced past Mzikayise Mashaba on the right hand side, but his attempted cross was easily dealt with by Denis Onyango.

Sundowns then took the lead in the 13th minute when Alje Schut was found unmarked inside the Swallows box, before flicking the ball past Etafia from a Bongani Zungu free-kick.

Malajila doubled Sundowns' lead a minute later as Swallows struggled to cope with the pace of the game.

He then then grabbed his brace in the 22nd minute after brilliantly losing his marker inside the Swallows box, finishing off a great pass from Siyanda Zwane.

Could have made it 5-1 ... Kudakwashe Mahachi

The Brazilians continued to turn their dominance into goals, as Teko Modise found the back of the net from a long-range free-kick in the 25th minute, beating Etafia hands down for his side's fourth of the night.

Malajila almost completed his hat-trick toward the 30th minute following some brilliant piece of work from Zwane on the right hand side, but Etafia stretched his left leg to deny the Zimbabwean.

Swallows won themselves a penalty on the stroke of half-time after Mashaba's had fouled substitute Felix Obada inside the box, and Luyolo Nomandela stepped up and sent Onyango the wrong way.

Both sides matched each other pound for pound in the second half, but Sundowns created enough chances to bury Swallows, with Modise coming close to making it 5-1 in the 60th minute.

However, his attempt came off the woodwork with Etafia well beaten. 


Etafia kept the scoreline at 4-1 in the 75th minute, denying Kudakwashe Mahachi with a fantastic stop as Pitso Mosimane's charges looked to put the game to bed.

Nonetheless, the four goals were enough to see Sundowns move to within 12 points of runaway leaders Kaizer Chiefs, who take on Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday night.

Tuesday Results: University of Pretoria 2-1 Chippa United,  Maritzburg United 1-2 Bidvest Wits

Wednesday Fixtures: Ajax Cape Town v Polokwane City, Amazulu v Orlando Pirates, Bloemfontein Celtic v Kaizer Chiefs, Platinum Stars v Mpumalanga Black Aces, Supersport v Free State Stars

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