DOWNS KEEP TITLE HOPES ALIVE – PSL WRAP
By: Khanyisani Dlomo
Mamelodi Sundowns underlined their league title credentials after edging defending champions and log-leaders Kaizer Chiefs to level points at the summit at the FNB Stadium on Saturday evening.
Teko Modise showed his pedigree with a long-range effort in the 77th minute that stunned the overwhelming home crowd into silence. However, Chiefs is still ahead of Sundowns by a goal-difference and has one game in hand.
Earlier in the day, Orlando Pirates woes continued as they suffered a 1-0 loss to SuperSport United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.Bradley Grobler ‘s only goal of the game – with just under a quarter hour to play – shoved the Buccaneers to a second successive loss after Mpumalanga Black Aces beat them in midweek.
An early brace from Sithembiso Ngcobo help Bidvest Wits to secure a 2-1 victory over Black Aces in Nelspruit to cement their third place on the log. Amazayoni pulled one back through Tendai Ndoro after a great pass from Abia nale.
AmaZulu climbed into the top four on the table after deserved 2-0 win over relegation threatened Free State Stars at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Ayanda Dlamini and Ruzaigh Gamildien netted for Usuthu before Richard Henyekane’s mere consolation goal.
Polokwane City ended their seven-game winless streak after recording a scrappy 2-1 win over University of Pretoria. Vukile Mngqibisa and Thobani Mncwango scored for the Polokwane outfit – battling relegation – before Thapelo Tshilo netted a late own goal. It was City’s first away win in 13 attempts.
On Friday Ajax Cape Town got better of Moroka Swallows as the Urban Warriors collected maximum points after a narrow win at the Dobsenville Stadium. Lance Davids’ stoppage time free kick was too much for the Birds.
Bloemfontein Celtic extended their unbeaten run to seven matches after edging Platinum Stars 1-0 on Sunday. Joel Mogorosi’s only goal ensured that Ernst Middendope’s boys climb to the eight spot on the table.
Meanwhile in a KwaZulu-Natal derby, Golden Arrows’ woes continued as they suffered their seventh defeat in a row against Maritzburg United at the Harry Gwala Stadium. Orlando Smeekes’ only goal moved the Team of Choice to the 12th position.