AfricanFootball reviews the weekend’s Absa Premiership action

AfricanFootball reviews the weekend’s Absa Premiership action
Taariq Fielies of Cape Town City evades challenge from Thabo Mosadi of Ajax Cape Town during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Ajax Cape Town and Cape Town City FC at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 30 September 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Oct 02, 2017. 11:00

AfricanFootball looks back at a weekend of Absa Premiership matches which saw Baroka FC top the log after their stunning win over Kaizer Chiefs, while Bidvest Wits continue to struggle and Mamelodi Sundowns picked up a valuable three points.

The weekend’s action got underway on Friday night, with Free State Stars claiming an upset win away to Maritzburg United. Sinethemba Jantjie scored the only goal of the game as Ea Lla Koto picked up a second successive victory and condemned the Team of Choice to back-to-back defeats.

Saturday’s afternoon games featured a 2-0 win for Cape Town City away to derby rivals Ajax Cape Town, with Victor Obinna and Judas Moseamedi scoring the goals for Benni McCarthy’s team, while Golden Arrows had to fight back to salvage a 1-1 draw at home to Chippa United (who have now recorded four straight stalemates in the league).

The early evening game saw Baroka FC establish themselves at the top of the log with a 2-1 away win over Kaizer Chiefs at Moses Mabhida Stadium. Lewis Macha and Gift Motupa struck goals to see Bakgaga come from behind to claim a famous win over the Amakhosi.

And the other Soweto giants also had a tough time of things, as Orlando Pirates needed a brace from striker Thamsanqa Gabuza - including a last-gasp equaliser in added time - to salvage a 2-2 draw away to Polokwane City in the night match.

Sunday featured two 1-0 wins, with Mamelodi Sundowns edging Platinum Stars in Rustenburg, while Bloemfontein Celtic beat champions Bidvest Wits in the Free State.

Khama Billiat scored the only goal for the Brazilians against basement dwellers Dikwena, who have yet to win a game in seven outings, while the Clever Boys suffered a fourth defeat thanks to Roggert Nyundu’s strike and find themselves second from bottom.

The Absa Premiership will resume with a full round of fixtures on 17-18 October.

Absa Premiership weekend results

Friday 29 September
Maritzburg United 0-1 Free State Stars

Saturday 30 September
Golden Arrows 1-1 Chippa United
Ajax Cape Town 0-2 Cape Town City
Kaizer Chiefs 1-2 Baroka FC
Polokwane City 2-2 Orlando Pirates

Sunday 1 October
Platinum Stars 0-1 Mamelodi Sundowns
Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 Bidvest Wits




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