Platinum Stars 0-1 Mamelodi Sundowns: More pressure on De Sa as Khama Billiat nets for Sundowns
The Brazilians moved up to fifth following their third win of the campaign in front of a decent crowd at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium

Khama Billiat scored the only goal of the match as Mamelodi Sundowns registered a narrow 1-0 win over Platinum Stars on Sunday afternoon.

This wasn't a dominant display from the Tshwane giants, but Pitso Mosimane would be pleased to see his team move into the top five and above Kaizer Chiefs on superior goal-difference after four league games. 

Mosimane missed some of his key players through injury, including George Lebese and Oupa Manyisa among others, but they still managed to do enough to claim all the points at the end of 90 minutes. 

For Dikwena though, the loss piles more pressure on Roger de Sa and his technical team, especially now that reports of a possible sale of the club are gaining momentum.

Perhaps, the players are also affected by this rumour, but Billiat gave them a wake-up call with a sublime strike two minutes into the encounter. 

The Zimbabwe international ran onto a long ball by Hlompho Kekana, brought it down expertly and eliminated his marker in the process, before firing past Mbongeni Mzimela from inside the box. 

While Sundowns played with purpose and determination after that goal, it was Billiat who really showed his class throughout the afternoon. 

The attacker appeared to have swept speculation around his future under the carpet, as he looked more focused on the task at hand than worrying about what could happen in the next few months. 

The home side played well in patches, but they never really threatened Razak Brimah's goal, even in the second half when Sundowns took their foot off the pedal. 

Instead, Sundowns restricted them to long range shots which often went way over the crossbar.

Bongi Ntuli whom De Sa relied upon for goals, looked out of touch for the majority of the game, and he would feel hard done that he couldn't prove to Mosimane that he made a mistake by letting him leave on loan at the start of the campaign.

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Again, scoring goals appears to be Dikwena's biggest challenge this season, and they will have to thank Mzimela for keeping the scoreline respectable with his saves. 

Both sides had the ball in the back of the net in the closing stages of the game, but Percy Tau and Ntuli were correctly ruled offside. 

In the end, Mosimane's charges walked away with all the points to keep their dream of wrestling the league title away from Bidvest Wits alive.

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