Sundowns tame Leopards to go top
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Mamelodi Sundowns returned to the top of the South African Premiership today with a 2-1 victory at lowly Black Leopards.

Left-back Punch Masenamela got the visitors off to a flying start with a second-minute goal as his shot from outside the penalty area wrong-footed goalkeeper Azwindini Maphaha at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

Leopards, who reached the last 16 of the CAF Confederation Cup last weekend, leveled ten minutes later when midfielder Tiyane Mabunda powered a header past goalkepeer Calvin Marlin off a corner.

The decisive goal came midway through the opening half through Zimbabwe striker Nyasha Mushekwi, who beat Maphaha with a glancing header into the far corner off a Masenamela cross.

Sundowns and title-holders Orlando Pirates have 46 points each with six rounds left of the richest African national football championship and the Pretoria club top the table because of a superior goal difference.

Leopards are third last on the 16-team table, seven points above Jomo Cosmos but only three ahead of Santos with the bottom club automatically relegated and the second last one going into play-offs with three first division sides.