Malajila, Mukamba on target

HARARE - Zimbabwe internationals Denver Mukamba and Cuthbert Malajila were on target for their respective clubs when the South African Absa Premiership resumed on Tuesday night.

Mamelodi Sundowns closed the gap on log leaders Kaizer Chiefs with a convincing 4-1 win over Moroka Swallows at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.

The win took the Brazilians to 34 points from 18 games, 12 points behind Chiefs while the loss for Swallows sees them on 19 points, only two points outside the relegation zone.

Sundowns came out of the gates firing and opened the scoring in the 13th minute when a Teko Modise free-kick from the right side of the box was cleverly headed home by Alje Schut from ten-yards out, 1-0.

A minute later the Brazilians found their second goal in a very similar fashion, this time Malajila meeting an Anthony Laffor right wing cross with a strong eight-yard header, 2-0.

In the 22nd minute Malajila completed his brace after some good work down the right flank from Siyanda Zwane saw him beat his marker and square for the Sundowns striker to side-foot home from close range, 3-0.

Modise got in on the action in the 25th minute, somewhat fortuitously, when his long range free-kick stay low on the bounce to go under the arms of Swallows keeper Greg Etafia, 4-0.

Swallows got a lifeline in the 44th minute when Mzikayise Mashaba pulled Felix Obada down inside the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Luyolo Nomandela stepped up for the Birds and made no mistake from the penalty-kick, 4-1.

Kudakwashe Mahachi should have made it five for the Brazilians in the 76th minute when he met an inch perfect cross from Kharma Billiat, but Greg Etafia produced a great one-on-one save.

Meanwhile, goals from Atusaye Nyondo and Mukamba helped the University of Pretoria to a 2-1 win over Chippa United at Tuks Stadium.

With Thabo Mnyamane suspended, Mukamba started for the hosts while Bennett Chenene was named on the bench.

Mukamba made an early impact with his rasping effort well gathered by Chilli Boys gloves man Mbongeni Mzimela in the 16th minute.

AmaTuks found the opener with 35 minutes on the clock. Mzimela failed to deal with Thabo Mosadi's powerful effort, parrying the ball straight up into the air, leaving Nyondo with an easy tap in.

Chippa went in search of the equaliser before the break with Washington Arubi almost handing it to the Port Elizabeth outfit. His goal-kick was straight at Manti Maholo, but the Chilli Boys midfielder failed to make the Zimbabwean shot stopper pay for his error.

The Chilli Boys leveled matters eight minutes into the second stanza with halftime substitute Chipeta nodding in Andile Mbenyane's free-kick from close range.

AmaTuks, though, hit back straight away with Mukamba grabbing a well deserved goal, the midfielder who is on-loan from Bidvest Wits, directing his side-footed into the back of the net via the inside of the post.

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