It’s tight at the top in South Africa’s Absa Premiership

It’s tight at the top in South Africa’s Absa Premiership
Lebogang Manyama of Cape Town City FC evades challenge from Phumlani Ntshangase of Bidvest Wits during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 football match between Cape Town City FC and Bidvest Wits at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 19 April 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Thursday Apr 20, 2017. 13:00

Cape Town City defended their position at the top of the table with a 1-1 draw against Bidvest Wits at the Cape Town Stadium.

The Citizens looked in danger of being leapfrogged by the Clever Boys, who held the lead for more than an hour of the 90 minutes after an early penalty by Phakamani Mahlambi, but a first goal in top flight football for Tshepo Gumede ensured the spoils were shared.

The stalemate between the teams ensured that the Capetonians stayed top of the log on 46 points from 24 matches, while Wits moved into second spot with 45 points from 22 outings in the league.

Kaizer Chiefs are placed third on 45 points (with an inferior goal difference to Wits) from 24 matches, while Mamelodi Sundowns are looming ominously on 44 points from 22 matches. They claimed a third successive win after Hlompho Kekana’s late goal saw them defeat SuperSport United 1-0 at Lucas Moripe Stadium.

The final result on Wednesday was Polokwane City defeating Platinum Stars 1-0 at home thanks to a rare goal from defender Thapelo Tshilo. It was Rise and Shine’s first league win of 2017 and Dikwena’s third successive loss in the top flight.

The Absa Premiership will continue with a full round of fixtures scheduled for next midweek, April 25-26.

Absa Premiership results, Wednesday 19 April

Cape Town City 1-1 Bidvest Wits
Polokwane City 1-0 Platinum Stars
SuperSport United 0-1 Mamelodi Sundowns

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