Bradley Grobler of Supersport United (7) celebrates goal with teammates during Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Supersport United at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg South Africa on 23 August 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Thursday Aug 24, 2017. 11:00
AfricanFootball wraps up the midweek Absa Premiership action, with the second round seeing Maritzburg United and Cape Town City leading the log after impressive victories, while Kaizer Chiefs suffered a defeat to leave coach Steve Komphela under ever more pressure.
Tuesday night’s action featured the ‘curse of the former player’, as Rodney Ramagalela scored a brace of fine goals to see Polokwane City claim a surprise 2-1 away win over his old employers Mamelodi Sundowns.
In the Eastern Cape, Chippa United demonstrated that PSL returnees AmaZulu may have a tough season ahead of them, as goals from Moeketsi Sekola and Abel Mabaso took the Chilli Boys to a 2-0 win, while Orlando Pirates and Baroka FC played to a third successive 1-1 draw - both of their meetings last season ended with the same score line.
The headline result of Wednesday’s matches was a 2-1 victory for SuperSport United away to Chiefs, who played the majority of the match with 10 men following the early dismissal of defender Erick Mathoho. The Amakhosi have played three competitive matches this season and are still awaiting their first win.
There was no such problem for Cape Town City and Maritzburg United, who romped to 3-1 and 2-0 home wins over Ajax Cape Town and Platinum Stars respectively. A brace for Evans Rusike sees the Team of Choice lead the log on goal difference, while Benni McCarthy’s Citizens are breathing down their necks after a victory which featured goals for Letsie Koapeng, Ayanda Patosi and Teko Modise.
In Bethlehem, champions Bidvest Wits were twice pegged back to be held 2-2 by Free State Stars, while Golden Arrows and Bloemfontein Celtic shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Princess Magogo Stadium.
The Absa Premiership will take a three-week break to encompass the upcoming international break, with the third round of matches scheduled for September 12-13.
Absa Premiership midweek results
Tuesday 22 August
Mamelodi Sundowns 1-2 Polokwane City
Baroka FC 1-1 Orlando Pirates
Chippa United 2-0 AmaZulu
Wednesday 23 August
Kaizer Chiefs 1-2 SuperSport United
Free State Stars 2-2 Bidvest Wits
Cape Town City 3-1 Platinum Stars
Maritzburg United 2-0 Ajax Cape Town
Golden Arrows 1-1 Bloemfontein Celtic