By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
THE 2011 football calendar got off to a good start with clubs in the race for the Absa Premiership title registering a well deserved victories.
Although it is still early in the season, it seems three clubs from Gauteng and two from the Western Cape are seems to be hot contenders for the title.
In the Western Cape, Santos were first to win their first match on the 2011 calendar, beating Golden Arrows 3-1 at home on Friday night to stay in the fifth position with 21 points, then Ajax Cape Town with a narrow 2-1 away to AmaZulu the next day to claim the fourth position with 24 points.
The focus though was on the match the top-of-the table clash involving log leaders, Mamelodi Sundowns and second placed Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium also on Saturday.
With Sundowns having gone to that match topping the log with 27 points as opposed to Chiefs’s 23, the Naturena-based side emerged 1-0 victors, closing the gap between themselves and the Brazilians to just 1 point.
Not to be out-done, Chiefs rivals, Orlando Pirates also registered a last minutes 1-0 victory ove the troubled defending champions, SuperSport United to move to the third position with 25 points.
On the other hand, clubs in the bottom of the log continued to perform badly with second from the bottom, Mpumalanga Black Aces losing 1-0 to Maritzburg United while Moroka Swallows were forced to a 1-1 draw by the visiting Free State Stars.
The rest of the results are:
Bloemfontein Celtic 0 v BidVest Wits University 0 and Platinum Stars 1 v Vasco da Gama 1.