Thato Mokeke of Cape Town City is challenged by Issac Nhlapho of Platinum Stars during the Absa Premiership match between Platinum Stars and Cape Town City on 13 April 2017 at Moruleng Stadium ©Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix
Friday Apr 14, 2017. 12:00
AfricanFootball wraps up Round 23 of the Absa Premiership, which condluded with two goal-laden match on Thursday night as Cape Town City returned to the top and Mamelodi Sundowns handed derby rivals SuperSport United a thrashing.
In Rustenburg, goals from Thabo Nodada, Lehlohonolo Majoro, Judas Moseamedi and Aubrey Ngoma saw the Citizens to a convincing 4-2 victory in rainy conditions over Platinum Stars which took them back to the summit of the league table.
Yet City’s return to pole position was overshadowed by the fireworks Mamelodi Sundowns produced to thrash Tshwane rivals SuperSport United 5-0 at Loftus Versfeld.
The Brazilians had failed to win any of their previous five league matches but returned to form in emphatic style, with Khama Billiat’s brace the highlight. Any thought that Pitso Mosimane’s side will give up their PSL title without a fight will have been forgotten after this showing.
The round’s action began with four matches staged on Tuesday evening, the pick of which saw Bidvest Wits rise to the top of the standings at the time with a comfortable 3-0 home win over Golden Arrows in Johannesburg.
In Soweto, Orlando Pirates beat Maritzburg United 2-0 for their first league victory under new coach Kjell Jonevret - a result which finally brought to an end a 12-match winless streak in the Premiership that stretched back to November.
Chippa United and Polokwane City played to a goalless stalemate in their clash in the Eastern Cape, while Baroka FC claimed their first home win of the season by beating Free State Stars 2-1 to rise off the foot of the table.
Wednesday saw new basement dwellers Highlands Park consolidate their lowly status as they were beaten 1-0 in Cape Town by Ajax. It was a first win in 2017 for the Urban Warriors and went a long way in easing their relegation worries.
The other Wednesday night result saw Kaizer Chiefs continue their strong form with a 2-0 win away to Bloemfontein Celtic courtesy of goals from George Maluleka and Gustavo Paez.
It continued an amazing statistic in matches between these teams in recent years: Chiefs have not conceded a goal (and by extension not lost a match) to Celtic since a 2-2 draw way back in 2010/11.
The Premiership continues over the weekend, with five matches spread from Friday to Sunday. A trio of teams - SuperSport United, Bidvest Wits and Platinum Stars - will play in the CAF Confederation Cup, meaning their fixtures will be fulfilled next week Wednesday.
Absa Premiership Round 23 results
Tuesday 11 April
Bidvest Wits 3-0 Golden Arrows
Orlando Pirates 2-0 Maritzburg United
Baroka FC 2-1 Free State Stars
Chippa United 0-0 Polokwane City
Wednesday 12 April
Ajax Cape Town 1-0 Highlands Park
Bloemfontein Celtic 0-2 Kaizer Chiefs
Thursday 13 April
Mamelodi Sundowns 5-0 SuperSport United
Platinum Stars 2-4 Cape Town City