The only goal of a tight game was scored by Bafana Bafana striker Percy Tau just after the hour mark, with United having a goal ruled out five minutes before the end.
The opening stages were tight as the Team of Choice employed a high pressing game to keep the home side from posing any threat up front.
Fadlu Davids’ team were able to create a few chances of their own as Lebogang Maboe fired a dangerous ball across goal before he drew a great save from Denis Onyango with a stinging shot from a tight angle on 11 minutes.
At the other end Themba Zwane headed wide before Sibusiso Vilakazi had a shot blocked before Masandawana skipper Hlompho Kekana had his 20-yard shot comfortably saved by Richard Ofori while a header was well off the mark.
Onyango was worked before and after the break, keeping out a Fortune Makaringe shot and also taking the ball off the feet of Evans Rusike five minutes after half time.
Sundowns scored when Tau smashed in a low shot after Kekana had picked him out with an excellent through ball.
Maritzburg defender Pogiso Sanoka was close with a chipped effort 20 minutes from time and he also had a goal disallowed in the 85th minute.
The Team of Choice pushed hard for an equaliser but some committed defending from Sundowns saw them closing out the match.
Sundowns: Onyango, Langerman, Soumahoro, Morena, Madisha, Manyisa, Kekana, Mabunda, Vilakazi, Zwane, Tau.
Subs: Brimah, Ngcongca, Arendse, Sekotlong, Hachi, Lebese, Zakri.
Maritzburg: Ofori, Xulu, Makaringe , Maboe, Fransman, Mokate, Rusike, Sanoka, Onyango, Ndlovu, Mekoa.
Subs: Mpandle, Atouba, Kunene, Weidlich, Shandu, Van Wyk, Fillecia.
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