Johannesburg - Although they were under pressure from
Bidvest Wits, Mamelodi Sundowns managed to bag a 1-0 win courtesy of a fine
strike by Khama Billiat in their Absa Premiership tie at Bidvest Stadium on Wednesday
The victory took the new league champions to 68 points and
they will wrap up their league campaign at home to Platinum Stars on May 21
with a chance of setting a record points haul for a 16-team PSL season.
Pitso Mosimane's men absorbed the pressure from the first
whistle as their hosts displayed their intentions and dominated the first 10
But after settling down in the match, Billiat spotted
Moeneeb Josephs off his line in the 25th minute and unleashed a long range
shot, beating the Students’ net minder to hand the Brazilians the lead against
the run of play.
Four minutes later, Gavin Hunt's men were awarded a set
piece in a good position when Tebogo Langerman fouled Elias Pelembe, but Daine
Klate's attempt went over the bar.
In the 39th minute, Leonardo Castro missed twice in a
one-on-one situation with Josephs; the keeper initially saved his shot before
the Colombian missed on second invitation.
Ben Motshwari came close to finding an equaliser in the
final minutes of the first half when he was set up by Sibusiso Vilakazi, but
the midfielder ballooned his shot wide.
It was 1-0 at the interval to Mosimane's side and the hosts
continued their dominance, with Onyango making a brilliant save to deny Bongani
Khumalo from point blank range.
Towards the 70th minute, Sundowns were forced to try long
range shots and Langerman's effort didn’t trouble Josephs as it went wide.
With Wits piling on the pressure, Onyango produced another
wonderful save to deny substitute Joaquim Lupeta in the box from a sweet cross
The last 10 minutes of the contest saw the Tshwane side
enjoying possession and in the end, the hosts failed to beat the big Ugandan
In the wake of the loss, the Braamfontein-based side remain
placed in the second spot with 57 points and trail the new league champions by
11 points with one match to go.