Aware of last season’s misfortunes in the Multichoice Diski Challenge, SuperSport United started the new campaign like a house on fire as they trounced Maritzburg United 5-1 to go top of the log standings.
Having been among the four teams that took the Diski Challenge to the wire last season, SuperSport were eager to make their intentions about going all the way in the newly expanded league known from the outset.
This victory was sweet for SuperSport as they dethroned sworn enemies Mamelodi Sundowns, who had assumed the top spot on Saturday after defeating defending champions Bloemfontein Celtic 3-0. The wins from the two sides sent a strong message about their intentions for the newly expanded season.
On Saturday afternoon at the King Zwelithini Stadium, it was SuperSport that made the boldest statement with five goals, thanks to strikes from poachers Oswin Appolis, Sithembiso Kurata, Khanyisile Mayo and Bilal Baloyi, while the home side got their consolation from Knowledge Miyeni.
With the Team of Choice yet to fully find their feet in the game, SuperSport already had other ideas as Appolis unleashed a grass-cutter into the near post of goalkeeper Sizwe Mahlangu’s post.
In the blink of an eye, the team from the nation’s capital was already 2-0 nil up as Kurata calmly slotted past Mahlangu after punishing a Maritzburg’s defence that was caught napping. While Matsantsantsa A Pitori were looking to be in full control, Miyeni broke the momentum after getting his team’s only goal from close range.
But that was all Siyabonga Mdluli’s team had to offer on the day, as SuperSport hit top gear with a spectacular volley from Baloyi after being teed by Mayo.
From thereon, Kurata finally got his brace with a cheeky finish from close-range. Mayo, who was the joint top goal-scorer with Sizwe Twala last term, opened his account as he converted his team’s penalty after a foul on Baloyi inside the box.