More woes for Downs, Birds humbled

TSHWANE – Mamelodi Sundowns broke their losing streak in round five of the Absa Premiership on Wednesday night, drawing 0-0 with Pretoria rivals SuperSport United at Lucas Moripe Stadium, but coach Johan Neeskens remains very much a man under fire.

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The Brazilians came into the game having lost their previous four matches, while “Matsatsantsa” were looking to bounce back from losing the MTN8 final to Moroka Swallows on the weekend. Inevitably, the teams cancelled each other out for a result neither side will be particularly happy with.

Swallows, still basking in the afterglow of their MTN8 triumph, suffered something of a cup hangover when they conceded two late goals at AmaZulu to suffer a 2-1 defeat. The result will come as a huge relief to “Usuthu”, who have had a nightmare start to the season but can now look to build on this result.

Another side to record their first win was rookies Chippa United, who held on against a late onslaught from Bloemfontein Celtic to win 2-1 at Athlone Stadium. Free State Stars, meanwhile, remain unbeaten after a late Dove Wome goal secured them a 1-1 draw at home to Golden Arrows.

Earlier in the week, Chiefs consolidated their place at the top of the standings thanks to a 3-1 away win over Bidvest Wits at Mbombela Stadium. Bernard Parker continued his great form with a brace of goals, handing the Amakhosi a fourth win in the space of their first five league games, as they continued to set the pace.

Tuesday night brought new Orlando Pirates coach Roger De Sa his second win in charge of the club, a 2-0 victory at home to Ajax Cape Town thanks to second half goals from Sifiso Myeni and Zimbabwean striker Takesure Chinyama.

University of Pretoria continued their unbeaten start to the season with a goalless draw at home to Platinum Stars and the same can be said of Maritzburg United, who drew 2-2 away to Black Leopards and would have won in Limpopo were it not for a late goal by “Lidoda Duvha’s” Raymond Monama.

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