Pirates edge ‘Downs to help Chiefs move closer to glory

Pirates edge ‘Downs to help Chiefs move closer to glory
Gabadinho Mhango of Orlando Pirates celebrates goal with Teammates during Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Black Leopards on 15 January 2020 at Orlando Stadium, Pic BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Jan 15, 2020. 21:44

Orlando Pirates have done arch rivals Kaizer Chiefs a huge favour in the Absa Premiership title race by defeating Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 at a sold-out Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Buccaneers edged the Brazilians thanks to a first-half strike from Frank Mhango, though ‘Downs coach Pitso Mosimane will feel his side deserved more from a very evenly-contested match.

The result means Chiefs’ nine-point lead over Sundowns holds more weight, with the Tshwane side now having played the same number of games as the pace-setters, while Pirates will be pleased at moving back into the top five.

Elsewhere on Wednesday night, Bidvest Wits kept themselves in the title race with a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Bloemfontein Celtic in Johannesburg.

The Clever Boys, who won the game thanks to a late, acrobatic effort from the in-form Gift Motupa, are 11 points off the pace of Chiefs but do have three games in hand on the Soweto giants.

The Absa Premiership continues with a full round of fixtures this coming weekend, 17-19 January, with the headline fixture Sundowns’ clash away to Tshwane derby rivals SuperSport United on Sunday.

Absa Premiership results, Wednesday 15 January

Orlando Pirates 1-0 Mamelodi Sundowns

Bidvest Wits 3-2 Bloemfontein Celtic

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