Mamelodi Sundowns entered their name into the hat for the Last 8 of the Nedbank Cup after defeating Vaal University of Technology on Sunday afternoon
Nicholus Lukhubeni and Lebohang Maboe were the only two players who remained in the starting XI as Coach Pitso Mosimane made nine changes from the team that beat Bloemfontein Celtic in midweek.
Bangaly Soumahoro had the first chance for the men in Yellow when he rose up to head a Lyle Lakay free-kick but he saw his header saved by Obakeng Naane in goals.
Naane provided much resistance in goals as he made a number of saves to keep VUT in the contest as the two sides went into the break on level terms.
The game came to life in the second half as The Brazilians came close within minutes of the restart, with Ali Meza’s flick being cleared from the goalmouth.
Downs took the lead nine minutes into the half when stand-in captain Wayne Arendse rose above the VUT defence to head home from a Meza corner.
A minute later the visitors were awarded a penalty as Lukhubeni brought down Tekanolebogang Mampa at the edge of the box. VUT striker Reitumetse Hlongwane was unable to convert as he saw his penalty effort go over the bar.
Downs doubled their advantage with twenty minutes remaining as substitute Phakamani Mahlambi prodded home past Naane in goals.
Downs managed to control the closing stages of the game as they claimed the victory against a VUT side that gave a strong account of themselves.
Mamelodi Sundowns (54’ Arendse, 71’ Mahlambi) 2-0 Vaal University of Technology