A second-half brace from Cuthbert Malajila helped Mamelodi Sundowns to a 2-0 win over AmaZulu at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Sunday afternoon.
Sundowns finally found a way past Tapuwu Kapini in the second-half following a largely frustrating opening 45 for the home side.
Both coaches tinkered with their side following midweek defeats. Pitso Mosimane made three changes to the side that were thumped 3-0 by Orlando Pirates while Craig Rosslee made four changes to his starting XI.
AmaZulu, who were eager to put a halt to their poor start to the season, started the game the brighter of the two sides with Goodman Dlamini forcing Kennedy Mweene into a smart save with two minutes on the clock.
Usuthu continued to express their intent and rattled the upright in the 23rd minute through Sadate Ouro-Akoriko. A floated free-kick picked out the AmaZulu centre-back who beat the offside trap before seeing his effort go onto Mweene’s right hand post.
Sundowns went close themselves two minutes later through Suprise Moriri, whose header was cleared off the line by Nhlanhla Shabalala, who was well positioned at the near post.
Mario Booysen probably should have done better in the 35th minute. The former Maritzburg United flashed his attempt just wide.
Goalless at the break.
Tapuwa Kapini did well to tip Hlompho Kekana’s pile driver around the post 10 minutes into the second, but the Usuthu could do nothing to keep out Malajila’s attempt on the hour mark.
Tebogo Langerman picked out Malajila with a precise cross, with the Zimbabwean finding the back of the net with a superb diving header.
Malajila doubled his tally and his side’s lead seven minutes later.
Suprise Moriri this time picked out the lively front man with a pin-point outside of the boot cross for him to nod in from close range.
Malajila almost grabbed his hat-trick eight minutes from time, but somehow sent his effort wide with the goal at his mercy.
The victory moves the Brazilians up to eighth place on the log while Usuthu remain rock bottom after five rounds of fixtures.