By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
IT was a weekend of action galore for the elite league clubs as some continued to donate points while others collected them to improve their positions on the Absa Premiership log.
In Limpopo at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane City staged a major come back after a disappointing 5-0 mid-week defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns, beating Bloemfontein Celtic 3-0 in an entertaining match played on Saturday. The victory saw Arise and Shine moved back to the top 8 brackets with 32 points from 23 matches.
As for Celtic, the loss was a great setback as they were looking forward to win the match and go on to lay their hands on the cool R1.5 Million, the prize-money for the league’s Q3 which will see Mamelodi Sundowns grabbing it right under their nose.
Also moving to the top 8 brackets was Maritzburg United who narrowly recorded a 2-1 victory away to Platinum Stars at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday. The Steve “Koloi” Komphela’s coached side took to this match highly motivated after their convincing run away 1-0 victory over log leaders, Kaizer Chiefs mid-week.
At the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, Black Aces added to Moroka Swallows’ relegation worries when they beat them 2-1 on Saturday. This was Jacob “Cellular” Sakala’s first game in charge after AmaZayoni asked him to step in to replace veteran Clive “The Dog” Barker who has since been relegated to the club’s development side.
In another match played on Saturday, SuperSport United won the Tshwane derby 2-0 against their counterparts, University of Pretoria at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.
On Friday, AmaZulu’s relegation survival gained a little hope after they held the on and off side, Chippa United at the Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth.
On Saturday in the Caf Champions League, Mamelodi Sundows enhanced their chances of progressing to the next round of the competition after they beat TP Mazembe 1-0 while Orlando Pirates made things difficult for themselves when they allowed URA an away goal which could work against their disadvantage when they two side clash in the second round away in Uganda in three weeks- time. Pirates won the match 2-1 while their fellow Soweto giants, Kaizer Chiefs found it difficult after they lost 1-0 to Raja Casablanca in the match played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.