Ndiviwe Mdabuka of Ajax Cape Town tackled by Mandla Masango of Supersport United during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Supersport United and Ajax Cape Town at Lucas Moripe Stadium, South Africa on 04 March 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Monday Mar 06, 2017. 10:30
AfricanFootball looks back at a thrilling weekend of Absa Premiership action, which saw Cape Town City claim top spot, while the Soweto derby ended in a predictable 1-1 draw but proved to be a terrific advert for South African football.
The action got underway on Friday night and the feature result was undoubtedly City’s 1-0 victory over Mamelodi Sundowns. The result saw Eric Tinkler’s side complete a league double over the Brazilians (having beaten them in Tshwane earlier in the season) and move to the top of the log.
The decisive goal was scored by Lebohang Manyama, who continued the superb form which has made him one of the outstanding players in the Absa Premiership this season.
Just one point behind City (and with two games in hand) is Bidvest Wits, who cruised to a 3-1 home win over Bloemfontein Celtic, while the final match on Friday night saw Platinum Stars pick up back-to-back wins for the first time this season as they overcame Chippa United 2-1 in Rustenburg.
Saturday afternoon produced one of the best Soweto derbies in recent memory, with Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates playing to a 1-1 draw. The predictability of the result (the teams have now played to seven draws in their last 10 league meetings) belied the quality of the match, which produced end-to-end football and high drama, particularly when Willard Katsande’s late penalty was saved by Brighton Mhlongo.
Saturday’s remaining games saw Golden Arrows defeat KwaZulu-Natal rivals Maritzburg United 1-0, while SuperSport United missed out on the chance to go top of the table after they were held goalless at home by Ajax Cape Town.
On Sunday, the Limpopo derby between Polokwane City and Baroka FC at the Peter Mokaba Stadium ended in a goalless stalemate, while Highlands Park gave their battle against relegation a major boost with a 1-0 win away to Free State Stars.
Absa Premiership round 20 results
Friday 3 March
Platinum Stars 2-1 Chippa United
Bidvest Wits 3-1 Bloemfontein Celtic
Cape Town City 1-0 Mamelodi Sundowns
Saturday 4 March
SuperSport United 0-0 Ajax Cape Town
Golden Arrows 1-0 Maritzburg United
Kaizer Chiefs 1-1 Orlando Pirates
Sunday 5 March
Polokwane City 0-0 Baroka FC
Free State Stars 0-1 Highlands Park