Luvuyo Memela of Orlando Pirates is challenged by Buhle Mkhwanazi of Bidvest Wits during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Bidvest Wits 25 April 2018 at Orlando Stadium Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix
Thursday Apr 26, 2018. 09:00
Round 28 of the 2017/18 Absa Premiership season saw drama in the title race, as Orlando Pirates closed to within four points of leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, while Platinum Stars’ relegation was confirmed.
The midweek round of games wrapped up on Wednesday night, with Pirates claiming a 4-0 win over outgoing champions Bidvest Wits at an empty Orlando Stadium to close the gap to to the top to four points with two rounds to play.
Table-topping Sundowns were held 2-2 by Maritzburg United at the Harry Gwala Stadium, with the Team of Choice twice coming from behind to establish themselves as the Brazilians’ new bogey side – they famously knocked the Tshwane giants out of the Nedbank Cup last weekend.
Elsewhere, Platinum Stars were relegated after their 2-1 loss to AmaZulu confirmed that they will finish bottom of the log, SuperSport United took a major step away from the danger zone with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Free State Stars, and Polokwane City remain in danger after they could only draw 1-1 at home to Cape Town City.
The round’s action got underway on Tuesday, with the feature game seeing Golden Arrows pour more misery onto beleaguered Kaizer Chiefs, as their first game in the post-Steve Komphela era ended in a 3-1 loss at Princess Magogo Stadium.
Ajax Cape Town struck late through Mosa Lebusa to beat Baroka FC 1-0 and give themselves a major boost in the battle against relegation, while Bloemfontein Celtic and Chippa United played out a forgettable goalless draw which edges both teams along in their aim to finish in the top eight.
The Absa Premiership will continue with its penultimate round of the 2017/18 season, which will see eight matches played simultaneously on Saturday, April 28. All matches kick-off at 15h00 CAT.
Absa Premiership midweek results
Tuesday, April 24
Bloemfontein Celtic 0-0 Chippa United
Ajax Cape Town 1-0 Baroka FC
Golden Arrows 3-1 Kaizer Chiefs
Wednesday, April 25
Orlando Pirates 4-0 Bidvest Wits
Polokwane City 1-1 Cape Town City
Platinum Stars 2-1 AmaZulu
SuperSport United 3-2 Free State Stars
Maritzburg United 2-2 Mamelodi Sundowns