Absa Premiership weekend wrap

KAIZER Chiefs maintained their perfect start to the Absa Premiership season with an eighth win in a row that took them 10 points clear at the top of the table after the latest round of games over the weekend. 

Amakhosi won their top-of-the-table tussle 1-0 against Ajax Cape Town, whilst Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates were also triumphant to move into second position.

Elsewhere, SuperSport United continued their resurgence under Gordon Igesund and so too did Chippa United, who bagged a third successive win since they changed coaches.

Both clubs rocketed into the top eight, but the problems continued to grow for AmaZulu after they lost yet again to remain the only club without a league victory in 2014/15.

That is in sharp contrast, though, to Amakhosi after they carried on marching on the winning trail at the Cape Town Stadium in what was the pick of round eight games.

Stuart Baxter’s men scored the only goal through defender Tefu Mashamaite after he headed in Siphiwe Tshabalala’s 49th minute free-kick.

The result on Sunday gave Chiefs a perfect 24 points from eight games with Ajax now amongst four teams 10 points adrift.

The Urban Warriors, who dropped down to fifth on goal difference after the weekend, trail Orlando Pirates, Bidvest Wits and defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns – all on 14 points each.

The Buccaneers snatched a 1-0 triumph over Free State Stars at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday where Daine Klate (72) volleyed in the only goal of the game.

Up the road in Pretoria, meanwhile, the Brazilians and the Students played to a goalless draw at Loftus Stadium.

There was drama aplenty in Saturday’s other games, not least at the Dobsonville Stadium where hosts Moroka Swallows were stunned 3-2 by Mpumalanga Black Aces.

Abia Nale (25), Kwabena Adusei (45) and Eddie Ngalo (60) were all on target for Clive Barker’s side, with the hosts scoring what turned out to be consolation goals for Larry Cohen (40) and Vuyisile Wana (62).

Both sides remained just outside the top eight.

Two teams that did force their way into the top half of the table were Matsatsantsa and the Chilli Boys. The former thrashed University of Pretoria 3-0 at Tuks Stadium thanks to an own goal by Grant Kekana (19), a Clayton Daniels (45) penalty and a Dove Wome (65) effort.

The latter, Chippa, edged out AmaZulu 1-0 with the only goal coming through Mpho Mvelase (33) in KwaMashu.

The Durbanites, without a coach after the departure of Craig Rosslee earlier in the week, stayed last on the table with five losses and three draws this term.

Also in KwaZulu -Natal, Maritzburg Utd thumped Platinum Stars at Harry Gwala Stadium thanks to goals by Mondli Cele (8), Terrence Mandaza (14) and Kurt Lentjies (90). Ndumiso Mabena (84) replied for Stars, who fell to 13th and watched their host climb into eighth.

Finally on Sunday, Bloemfontein Celtic returned to winning ways with a crushing 5-1 win over Polokwane City at the Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium.

Jacky Motshegwa scored twice in the second stanza adding to goals by Alfred Ndengane (11), Vuyani Ntanga (34) and Dumisani Zuma (60) as Rise and Shine, who found the net once via Sipho Jembula (76), were demolished.-www.psl.co.za



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