Atteridgeville - Cuthbert Malajila netted a brace to help
Mamelodi Sundowns clinch the annual Charity Showdown following a 3-1 win over
Ajax Cape Town in the final played at Lucas Moripe Stadium.
Malajila grabbed an early lead from a Lebohang Mokoena’s
corner kick as early as the 9th minute, to put his team ahead.
The action packed first half produced more goal-scoring
chances for both teams, but with Sundowns enjoying more ball possession.
Pitso Mosimane had fielded a completely different team to
the one that defeated University of Pretoria 2-0 in the semi-final match
earlier in the day.
With Sundowns in control of the game, Ajax got the back into
the game with Mario Booysens putting the ball in the back of his net from a
Franklin Cale’s free kick.
However, Ajax’s celebrations did not last long as Anthony
Laffor put Sundowns back in the lead with a well taken header, as this time Malajila
turned provider, as the match approached the half-time break.
In the second half, Sundowns continued with their dominance
though they squandered more chances to increase their led.
However, the same could not be said for Ajax, who also
fielded a different team to the one that defeated Jomo Cosmos in their
Roger De Sa’s side were not as instrumental as in their
semi-final match, where they won by 2-0 goals against Jomo Cosmos.
They did however created goal-scoring chances that seemed to
be getting the best out of Kennedy Mweene in goal for Sundowns.
The Tshwane side then showed their dominance by increasing
their lead in the 68th minute with Malatjila showing his scoring abilities with
a well taken shot from a good ball provided by Siyanda Zwane.
With the game settled for Sundowns, Mosimane made use of the
opportunity to give other members of his big squad a chance to play making five
changes at once with ten minutes to go to the final whistle.