Wednesday Jan 08, 2020. 22:13
Kaizer Chiefs had a double reason to celebrate on Wednesday night, as the Soweto club both marked their 50th birthday and claimed a 3-0 home win over Highlands Park at FNB Stadium to headline a busy midweek in South Africa’s Absa Premiership.
Goals from Eric Mathoho and Leonardo Castro (two) saw the Amakhosi claim the victory and open up a six-point lead over second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns (who were held 0-0 by 10-man Bidvest Wits on Tuesday night at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium), underlining their status as title favourites early in the New Year.
SuperSport United are placed third after playing out a thrilling 2-2 draw at home to Maritzburg United in which the KwaZulu-Natal side twice fought back to secure a share of the spoils. Matsatsantsa led through Kudakwashe Mahachi and Evans Rusike, but they were pegged back by Judas Moseamedi and Thabiso Kutumela.
Another 2-2 draw was played out at Cape Town Stadium between Cape Town City and AmaZulu. The hosts held a strong lead through strikes from Bradley Ralani and Roland Putsche, but Usuthu hit back through a brace from Bonginkosi Ntuli.
In Durban, Golden Arrows pushed into the top half of the table thanks to a 1-0 win over bottom-of-the-log Baroka FC, with Lerato Lamola netting the decisive goal, while Chippa United continued their resurgence with a 2-1 win in Thohoyandou over Black Leopards, with goals at the start and end of the game by Thabo Rakhale and Silas Maziya respectively.
Tuesday also saw Bloemfontein Celtic mount a late rally to come from behind and defeat an ailing Stellenbosch, while Frank Mhango hit a hat-trick as Orlando Pirates crushed Polokwane City 4-1 away from home for their biggest win of the campaign.
The Absa Premiership will continue with a run of eight fixtures spread over this coming weekend 11-12 January and next week Wednesday 15 January.
Absa Premiership results, 7-8 January
Tuesday 7 January
Stellenbosch 1-2 Bloemfontein Celtic
Mamelodi Sundowns 0-0 Bidvest Wits
Polokwane City 1-4 Orlando Pirates
Wednesday 8 January
Black Leopards 1-2 Chippa United
Cape Town City 2-2 AmaZulu
SuperSport United 2-2 Maritzburg United
Golden Arrows 1-0 Baroka FC
Kaizer Chiefs 3-0 Highlands Park