Kaizer Chiefs’ draw opens the door in title race

Kaizer Chiefs’ draw opens the door in title race
Sibusiso Mthethwa of Stellenbosch FC challenged by Siphelele Ntshangase of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2019/20 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Stellenbosch FC at the Orlando Stadium, Soweto on the 23 August 2020 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Sunday Aug 23, 2020. 20:15

Sunday’s action in South Africa’s Absa Premiership saw Kaizer Chiefs once again open the door in the title race, as they were held 1-1 at home by Stellenbosch.

The Cape side led through Leletu Skelem but the log-topping Amakhosi fought back through Lazarous Kambole to secure a share of the spoils and open a six-point gap to nearest chasers Mamelodi Sundowns.

However, should the Brazilians win their game in hand on Monday and then defeat Chiefs when the teams meet on Thursday, top spot will be shared by the heavyweights with three rounds remaining.

Earlier in the day, Orlando Pirates’ struggles continued when they were beaten 1-0 by Cape Town City at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.

The Citizens deservedly won the game thanks to Kermit Erasmus’ goal on the stroke of half time and it says something for the Buccaneers’ form right now that they never really looked capable of winning despite having a man’s advantage for almost two thirds of the game after Mpho Makola’s dismissal just after the half hour mark.

Pirates have now gone six league matches without a win and their hopes of securing African football for next season are looking pretty slim.

The Absa Premiership will continue with three matches on Monday 24 August: Maritzburg United v Bidvest Wits, AmaZulu v Bloemfontein Celtic and Mamelodi Sundowns v Golden Arrows.

Absa Premiership results, Sunday 23 August

Cape Town City 1-0 Orlando Pirates

Kaizer Chiefs 1-1 Stellenbosch

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