Surprise Moriri came off the bench to score a late winner in Sundowns’ 2-1 win over Free State Stars at the Loftus Stadium on Wednesday night
As expected, Mamelodi Sundowns had a lion share of possession from the onset, but it took them 13 minutes to create a clear-cut chance against Free State Stars.
Alje Schut had a flick on Bongani Zungu’s free-kick inside the Stars box, but his header was too far for Cuthbert Malajila to convert, as Stars looked very shaky at the back.
Malajila should have done better in the 21st minute after a brilliant cross was played to him in the Stars penalty area, but his powerful header sailed over the bar.
However, Cuthbert Malajila made amends with another powerful header from Dove Wome’s out swinging corner to put the Brazilians in the lead after 27 minutes.
Sundowns came close to doubling their advantage towards the end of the first when Wome’s corner was misjudged by the Stars keeper Daniel Agyei, as it clipped the upright and wide off the mark.
Camaldine Abraw nearly made it 1-1 on the stroke of halftime, but his low shot went wide of Mweene’s goal, as Sundowns held on to their lead.
Stars started the second half with more intent, and unsurprisingly grabbed the equalizer in the 51st minute through Camaldine Abraw’s easy tap-in after Mongezi Bobe’s well played short cross into the Sundowns box.
The visitors nearly got the second goal a few minutes later, but Luyolo Nomandela’s curler from outside the Sundowns area was tipped over by Mweene.
Mosimane then made two substitutions after the hour-mark to try and increase their chances of scoring, but they were often kept at bay by the Stars defence.
Stars had a chance to sneak one past Sundowns with just over 15 minutes remaining, but Abdul Basit-Adams was too selfish as he wanted to go for glory when his teammate was in a good position on the right hand side.
However, Sundowns punished Stars through Surprise Moriri’s 87th minute strike to ensure all maximum points for the Tshwane giants.