Mamelodi Sundowns moved within 10 points of a record-extending fifth straight South African Premiership title by winning 4-2 against Swallows on Wednesday. Peter Shalulile scored a hat-trick to make sure Sundowns lead second-placed Royal AM by 11 points and 10 from their remaining six matches will ensure the trophy remains in the boardroom where it has been on display since mid-2018.

The 28-year-old Namibian struck twice within five minutes to give the Pretoria club an early two-goal advantage over their lowly opponents in Soweto. He has scored 18 Premiership goals this season – four more than closest rival Vincent Letsoalo from Royal AM – and 24 in all competitions.

“Success at Sundowns is about brotherhood – we are always helping each other, Swallows may be second last in the table, but this was never going to be a stroll in the park. They never gave up and threatened to snatch a draw until I completed my hat-trick.” Shalulile said after scoring his first hat-trick of the 2021-2022 campaign.

Sundowns’ widest title-winning margin is 14 points in 2016 and co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi says that is one mark they hope to improve on this season.

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