Mamelodi Sundowns ended their 2019 league campaign with a 1-0 win against a tough Polokwane City side.
Pitso Mosimane made two changes from the side that drew with Wits in midweek, with Tebogo Langerman and Lebohang Maboe returning to the starting XI.
Downs came out of the blocks firing and their first chance came inside three minutes, Sphelele Mkhulise’s close-range header being saved by George Chigova in goals.
Downs created several chances, with Gaston Sirino and Themba Zwane looking to unlock the organized Polokwane defence. Mkhulise had the best chance of the first half, he was found unmarked at the far post by Zwane but was unable to steer his chance into the goal.
The two sides went into the break on level terms.
The second half saw more of the same as the first half, with Downs controlling possession and creating all the chances. Chigova made a number of key saves to keep out strikes from Langerman and Sirino.
Pitso Mosimane rang the changes as he brought on Sibusiso Vilakazi twenty minutes into the second half as he looked to change up the attack.
The change would end up proving to be fruitful as Vilakazi tapped home four minutes from time after excellent work from Thapelo Morena on the right-hand side. Vilakazi’s goal was his second in the Absa Premiership this season and helped The Brazilians walk away with all three points.
Mamelodi Sundowns (86′ Vilakazi) 1 – 0 Polokwane City
Sundowns: Onyango, Morena, Madisha, Lebusa, Langerman, Mkhulise, Kekana, Jali, Zwane, Sirino, Maboe
Subs: Mweene, Arendse, Vilakazi, Mabunda, Ngcongca, Meza, Ngoma
Polokwane City: Chigova, Mvelase, Motloung, Nthatheni, Hlongwane, Nku, Tlolane, Manaka, Phiri, Mashumba, Booi
Subs: Phali, Anas, Nene, Maluleke, Hlubi, Musona, Nkili