Johannesburg – Peter Shalulile notched his ninth South African Premiership goal of the season as Mamelodi Sundowns made it 14 wins in a row by defeating Sekhukhune United 2-0 on Saturday.
After a lengthy injury layoff, the Namibian has quickly regained his scoring touch and put the hosts ahead on 50 minutes with a close-range poke.
Sundowns were reduced to 10 men on 76 minutes when Chilean Marcelo Allende was red-carded for a dangerous tackle, but clinched victory soon after when Cassius Mailula netted.
Shalulile, a multi award winner in South Africa thanks to his prolific scoring record, is two goals clear of his closest rivals for the Golden Boot.
Emerging star Mailula has bagged six goals himself.
Sekhukhune came to Pretoria having won four straight matches and been unbeaten in six, but they were no match for Sundowns and Ivory Coast goalkeeper Badra Sangare saved them from a heavier loss.
Masandawana continued their winning streak with an emphatic win at home on Saturday afternoon! 👆 Head to our website to read the full match report!
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— Mamelodi Sundowns FC (@Masandawana) January 28, 2023
Winning moved Sundowns 22 points clear of second-placed Richards Bay, who play AmaZulu on Sunday in a Durban derby.
The club owned by Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Patrice Motsepe and run by his eldest son, Tlhopie, are chasing a sixth successive Premiership title and 13th overall.
Meanwhile, Orlando Pirates completed a hat-trick of victories by winning 2-0 away to bottom club Marumo Gallants in the northwestern town of Rustenburg.
Monnapule Saleng scored on 36 minutes by hammering a cutback past Ugandan goalkeeper Ismail Watenga.
Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo sealed the fate of Marumo, who have won only two of 20 matches, by scoring against his former club from a 68th-minute penalty.
South African Premiership results on Saturday:
Mamelodi Sundowns 2 (Shalulile 50, Mailula 82) Sekhukhune Utd 0
Marumo Gallants 0 Orlando Pirates 2 (Saleng 36, Ndlondlo 68-pen)
Swallows 0 SuperSport Utd 0
Chippa Utd v Maritzburg Utd, Kaizer Chiefs v Royal AM, Richards Bay v AmaZulu, TS Galaxy v Golden Arrows
Stellenbosch 3 (Titus 44, 55, Mngomezulu 83) Cape Town City 2 (Gordinho 5, Gonzalez 42)
Arrows 3 (Dlamini 53, Mmodi 60, Mutizwa 71) Marumo 2 (Ngema 39, Chivaviro 77)
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