Mosa Lebusa of Ajax Cape Town during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 game between Ajax Cape Town and Bloemfontein Celtic at Athlone Stadium in Cape Town on 13 May 2017 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix
Sunday May 14, 2017. 11:00
AfricanFootball wraps up the weekend’s Absa Premiership action, which saw four matches played across the country on Friday and Saturday to wrap up round 28 of the 2016/17 season.
Most of the interest was focused on the relegation battle, with Highlands Park striking a major blow as they defeated Chippa United 1-0 on Friday night. Collins Mbesuma’s goal at Makhulong Stadium saw the Lions of the North move out of the danger zone, while the Chilli Boys dropped into second-last place.
And the Eastern Cape side would have slipped even further were it not for Golden Arrows, who claimed a controversial 3-2 win over basement club Baroka FC. The Limpopo club cried foul after they had a penalty disallowed late in the match at Princess Magogo Stadium, with referee Victor Gomes the subject of their ire.
Higher up the table, Polokwane City claimed their first ever win over Kaizer Chiefs. Rise and Shine edged the Soweto giants 1-0 at a rainy Peter Mokaba Stadium (thanks to a goal from defender Thapelo Tshilo) to claim their four victory in the space of five league matches, while Amakhosi have gone four without a win and look to be ending the season in a rather limp fashion.
In the ‘Mother City’, Ajax Cape Town reclaimed their place in the top eight with a 2-0 home win over Bloemfontein Celtic, secured by goals from Prince Nxumalo and Bantu Mzwakali. The result leaves Phunya Sele Sele just three points above the red zone.
The Absa Premiership will have its penultimate round with eight concurrent matches played across the country this coming Wednesday, May 17, before the season wraps up in similar fashion on Saturday, May 27.
Absa Premiership weekend results
Friday 12 May
Highlands Park 1-0 Chippa United
Saturday 13 May
Golden Arrows 3-2 Baroka FC
Polokwane City 1-0 Kaizer Chiefs
Ajax Cape Town 2-0 Bloemfontein Celtic