Mohau Mokate of Maritzburg United challenged by Morgan Gould and Reyaad Pieterse of Supersport United during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Supersport United and Maritzburg United at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Pretoria South Africa on 22 February 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Monday Feb 27, 2017. 11:00
AfricanFootball looks back at round 19 of South Africa’s 2016/17 top flight season, which saw SuperSport United move to the top of the log, while Baroka FC remain rooted to last place after suffering yet another heavy defeat.
The round’s action got underway on Friday evening with an entertaining 2-2 draw between Chippa United and Golden Arrows. Lerato Manzini netted a brace for the Chilli Boys, but Lerato Lamola’s two goals ensured Abafana Bes’thende claimed a share of the spoils.
The headline result on Saturday was a 2-0 win for champions Mamelodi Sundowns over Bidvest Wits. The Brazilians took a major step toward defending their PSL title thanks to goals from Hlompho Kekana and former Clever Boys attacker Sibusiso Vilakazi.
Earlier in the day, Orlando Pirates’ first match with new coach Kjell Jonevret ended in a 1-1 draw at home to Polokwane City (who have now played out four successive 1-1 stalemates), while Platinum Stars took a big step away from the relegation zone with an impressive 3-0 victory at Bloemfontein Celtic.
Saturday’s action wrapped up with Ajax Cape Town and Kaizer Chiefs playing to a thrilling 1-1 draw (Daniel Cardoso’s first goal for the Amakhosi cancelled out Nathan Paulse’s opener), while SuperSport quietly move to the top of the log as Dean Furman’s goal took them to a 1-0 away win over Highlands Park and former coach Gordon Igesund.
Sunday’s matches saw Maritzburg United come from a goal down to defeat Free State Stars 2-1 at Harry Gwala Stadium to move into the top eight, while Cape Town City cruised to a 3-0 away win over Baroka FC (thanks to a brace from Lehlohonolo Majoro) to take themselves up to second on the standings, level on points with SuperSport.
Baroka have now lost seven of their last 10 league matches, conceding 17 goals in the process. They are five points from the safety of 14th place and look clear favourites to suffer direct relegation.
The next Absa Premiership action sees Sundowns play a catch-up match against Chippa on Tuesday, while round 20 will be played this coming weekend, March 3-5.
Absa Premiership round 19 results
Friday 24 February
Chippa United 2-2 Golden Arrows
Saturday 25 February
Bloemfontein Celtic 0-3 Platinum Stars
Orlando Pirates 1-1 Polokwane City
Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0 Bidvest Wits
Highlands Park 0-1 SuperSport United
Ajax Cape Town 1-1 Kaizer Chiefs
Sunday 26 February
Baroka FC 0-3 Cape Town City
Maritzburg United 2-1 Free State Stars