Absa Premiership Wrap

absa-logoA hat-trick by Bidvest Wits captain Sibusiso Vilakazi was the highlight of the Absa Premiership midweek action as the Students climbed to second on the table and closed the gap on log leaders Kaizer Chiefs in the process.

Amakhosi dropped points in a thrilling draw against Platinum Stars, while the only other match ended in a stalemate as Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns failed to be separated.

Bidvest Wits, however, made the biggest gain after they leapfrogged defending champions Sundowns on the table after beating Ajax Cape Town 4-2 in Johannesburg.

Vilakazi, who had not scored in the league prior to the clash at Bidvest Stadium, showed off his predatory instincts by netting in the 11th, 71st and 93rd minutes.

The home side had lead 1-0, before Thulani Hlatshwayo (43) doubled the advantage.

The Urban Warriors pulled a goal back through Nazeer Allie (63), before Bafana Bafana midfielder Vilakazi restored the two goal cushion and then grabbed his stoppage time treble after a penalty from Noah Sadaoui (83).

The hosts moved to 26 points following the win, 11 points behind leaders Chiefs, who twice came from behind to snatch a 2-2 draw against Dikwena on Tuesday night.

Robert Ng’ambi had given the Rustenburg outfit the lead after only eight minutes at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Pookwane, before Siphiwe Tshabalala (16) drew the home side level.

In-form Eleazar Rodgers (45) then made it 2-1 to Stars, but Tefu Mashamaite (62) ensured the Soweto side escaped with a point courtesy of his header.

The result left Chiefs on 37 points with exactly half their games – 15 to be exact – completed, while struggling Stars climbed to 12th position.

In the final game played on Wednesday, the Brazilians slipped from second to third on the table after they were held to a 1-1 draw in Orlando.

Khama Billiat scored his third goal in as many games to give Sundowns the lead after only five minutes, but substitute Lennox Bacela (32) ensured Pirates claimed a point, one that kept them in ninth position.-www.psl.co.za


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