JOHANNESBURG – SuperSport and Chiefs remain unbeaten; an emphatic victory from Pirates; Sundowns and AmaZulu remain rooted to the bottom, while Ajax’s fortunes start to change.
Report by Kick Off
Maritzburg United moved up to joint second on the log when they beat Chippa United 1-0 at Athlone Stadium last Friday.
Terrance Mandaza had a couple of chances to put the “Team of Choice” ahead, before Philani Zulu scored just after half an hour. Cuthbert Malajila almost added to his three goals this season on 75 minutes, but his header went wide.
Chippa finished the match frustrated and were guilty of a number of reckless tackles, but it was United who finished with 10 men when Mthokozisi Yende was shown a second yellow just before the end of the game.
Bidvest Wits beat Golden Arrows 1-0 at Bidvest Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The visitors dominated possession, but were unable to make it count and the “Clever Boys” took maximum points after Matthew Pattison collected a pass from Calvin Kadi in the first half and calmly slotted it past Pavels Steinbors.
Moroka Swallows, who have not lost to Free State Stars since 2009, came away with a 1-0 win at Goble Park on Saturday, courtesy of a superb, curling Katlego Mashego free-kick.
The scoreline belied the excitement as Kaizer Chiefs drew 0-0 with Bloemfontein Celtic at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday evening.
After creating the better chances Chiefs will be disappointed not to take the points, although Celtic were no pushovers, with goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb denying Amakhosi, denying George Lebese, Lehlohonolo Majoro and Reneilwe Letsholonyane to keep a point for “Phunya Sele Sele”.
Mamelodi Sundowns’ woeful run continued when they lost 1-0 to Platinum Stars at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday night.
A poor game of football was decided by a single goal from Henrico Botes, who capitalised on a mistake by Esrom Nyandoro to give his side the lead.
Eleazar Rodgers, Punch Masenamela, Anthony Laffor, Nyandoro and Nyasha Mushekwi all had chances to get one back, but “Dikwena” took the points to deepen the crisis at Chloorkop.
AmaZulu’s dreadful start to the season continued when they were beaten 1-0 by Ajax Cape Town at home.
Usuthu were reduced to 10 men on 40 minutes when Ramson Zhuwawo was shown a straight red for kicking out at Bradley Grobler.
Grobler got the goal just before the break, sneaking ahead of his marker at the near post to nudge home a cross from Nhlanhla Vilakazi.
Orlando Pirates ended University of Pretoria’s unbeaten League run on Sunday. The “Buccaneers” were stunned in the opening minutes by “Tuks”, but they recovered like true defending champions to score three unanswered goals and bag three valuable points. Bongani Zungu got the better of the advancing Moeneeb Josephs to make it 1-0 on 12 minutes.