Mamelodi Sundowns were at their very best when they beat AmaZulu 7-1 in an Absa Premiership clash at Loftus Stadium.
Goals from Hlompho Kekana, Cuthbert Malajila, Dove Wome and a brace apiece from Katlego Mashego and second half substitute Katlego Mphela guided ‘Downs to the top of the standings.
Sthembiso Ngcobo found the back of the net for Usuthu from the penalty spot.
Kekana scored in the second minute of the encounter. The midfielder’s powerful effort from range took a deflection before clipping the underside of the bar and ending up in the back of the net.
Malajila doubled the home sides lead in the 21st minute. The Zimbabwean reacted quickest to a Tebogo Langerman cross to score his third goal of the campaign.
It was 3-0 to the Brazilians a minute later. Katlego Mashego turned his marker before stabbing the ball past Tapuwa Kapini to open his account for the season.
‘Downs made it 4-0 on the stroke of halftime through Dove Wome. The midfielder played a neat one-two with Malajila before finding the back of the net via the post.
Usuthu looked much better after the restart and pulled one back through Ngcobo in the 65th minute from the penalty spot. The on-loan Kaizer Chiefs striker thumped the ball past Kennedy Mweene after Alje Schut was adjudged to have pushed Ayanda Dlamini inside the area.
But Mashego put the game beyond any reasonable doubt 10 minutes from time. Last season’s top goal scorer ran onto a pass from Mzikayise Mashaba before clinically placing the ball past Kapini in goal, 5-1.
Katlego Mphela marked his return in style six minutes later. The second half substitute had only been on the park for two minutes when he fired a powerful volley into the back of the net, 6-1.
Two minutes into stoppage time, Billiat picked out ‘Killer’ who in turn guided a fierce drive past Kapini, 7-1.
Mamelodi Sundowns (4) 7 (Kekana 2’ Malajila 21’ Mashego 22’ 80’ Wome 44’ Mphela 86’ 90+2’)
AmaZulu (0) 1 (Ngcobo 65’)
Mamelodi Sundowns: Mweene, Langerman, Schut, Sumaila, Moon, Malajila (Mashaba 64’), Wome (Moriri 74’), Kekana, Billiat, Zungu, Mashego (Mphela 84’)
AmaZulu: Kapini, Horaeb, Van Heerden, Nyadombo, Teyise, G Dlamini, Mthiyane (Madubanya 36’), Madondo (Ndulula 50’), A Dlamini, Manqana, Ngcobo (Urikhob 76’)Share