Mamelodi Sundowns were in blistering form in the second quarter of the Absa Premiership race, claiming 19 of 21 points in that period.
Six victories (10 goals scored, 2 conceded), and a 0-0 draw against Chiefs saw the Brazilians comfortably beating Black Aces (15 points from their seven games) and Bidvest Wits (13 points) to the R1.5 million prize, the Tshwane side also going top of the table on the overall standings.
As coach Pitso Mosimane recently pointed out while claiming the Coach of the Month award for November – December, Sundowns’ success has come on the back of a team and indeed an entire club effort.
But there have been a couple of players that have really stood out for Downs, in particular those doing the business in front of the opposition goal.
It has been Leonardo Castro and Khama Billiat (pictured) who have been leading the way, the pair having notched three goals each over the seven game period, with midfielder Hlompho Kekana chipping in with two.
It began with a 1-0 away win over Chippa United, Anthony Laffor the match winner on November 4 last year.
Goals from Billiat, Themba Zwane and Kekana inspired a 3-1 victory over Free State Stars on November 21, Billiat and Castro on the score-sheet in a 2-0 win over Orlando Pirates five days before Christmas.
After drawing with Chiefs in their 2016 opener, Billiat and Castro once more led Sundowns to victory as they beat AmaTuks 2-1 on January 16 before Kekana and Castro scored in a 2-0 win over SuperSport United last Saturday night.