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Football – South Africa: Sundowns send out big statement against Chiefs

Grant Kekana scored his first goal for Mamelodi Sundowns in the victory over Kaizer Chiefs

Reigning DSTV Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns made their biggest statement of the new season, with a 2-0 victory over giants Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Stadium in Pretoria on Sunday, 12 September.

The days leading up to the match between Sundowns and Chiefs were surrounded by some controversy, with reports suggesting that the coaches of the defending champions are not seeing eye-to-eye.

That, however, did not have an effect on Sundowns, as they scored either side of half-time to claim all three points. Sundowns’ opening goal was scored by central defender Grant Kekana, who celebrated his first goal for the club since joining from SuperSport United during the off-season. Sundowns extended their lead before the hour-mark, as Namibian international Peter Shalulile beat Bruce Bvuma in the Chiefs net to make it 2-0.

Chiefs had a chance to reduce the deficit when they were awarded a penalty in the final 20 minutes of the match, but Lebogang Manyama’s powerful effort struck the crossbar. Sundowns held on for all three points, as they moved to the top of the table after three rounds of matches.

In another match played on Sunday, Royal AM registered their first win of the season, beating Chippa United 1-0.

On Saturday, 11 September, Orlando Pirates beat Soweto rivals Swallows FC 1-0 at Orlando Stadium, while Maritzburg United beat Baroka FC by the same score line at Peter Mokaba Stadium. Sekhukhune United came from behind to draw 1-1 with Stellenbosch FC at Ellis Park. TS Galaxy and Golden Arrows played out to a 2-2 draw at Mbombela Stadium.

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