Willard Katsande of Kaizer Chiefs is challenged by Victor Letsoalo of Baroka FC during the Absa Premiership match between Baroka FC and Kaizer Chiefs on the 18 March 2017 at Peter Mokaba Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix
Monday Mar 20, 2017. 09:32
AfricanFootball reviews the weekend’s Absa Premiership action, which saw Cape Town City claiming pole position, while Highlands Park moved out of the relegation zone for the first time this year.
The action got underway on Friday night with a cracking 2-2 draw between Ajax Cape Town and Free State Stars at Athlone Stadium. Mohammed Anas both opened the closed the scoring, ensuring that Ea Lla Koto claimed a share of the spoils against an Urban Warriors side which remains winless in 2017.
Saturday’s first game saw Cape Town City rise to the top of the table, though coach Eric Tinkler won’t have been impressed with his side’s performance in a goalless draw away to Bloemfontein Celtic, who had new incoming coach Luc Eymael watching from the stands.
Kaizer Chiefs had the chance to move within a point of CTC at the top and appeared to be on course to do just that when they led 2-1 away to Baroka FC thanks to first-half goals from Erick Mathoho and Bernard Parker. However, a superb solo effort from Mxolisi Kunene late in the game earned the hosts a deserved 2-2 draw.
Sunday’s match saw the only win of the weekend, with veteran Surprise Moriri’s header giving Highlands Park a 1-0 win over Maritzburg United in Tembisa. The result saw the Lions of the North move out of the relegation zone for the first time in 2017, while the Team of Choice remain in 10th spot.
The Absa Premiership will resume on the weekend of April 1-2 with a full set of eight fixtures.
Absa Premiership weekend results
Friday 17 March
Ajax Cape Town 2-2 Free State Stars
Saturday 18 March
Bloemfontein Celtic 0-0 Cape Town City
Baroka FC 2-2 Kaizer Chiefs
Sunday 19 March
Highlands Park 1-0 Maritzburg United