Richards Bay go clear at GladAfrica Championship summit

Richards Bay go clear at GladAfrica Championship summit
Sakhile Hlongwa Richards Bay FC celebrates with teammates during the GladAfrica Championship 2021/22 match between Richards Bays and Jomo Cosmos at King Zwelithini Stadium, Durban on 22 February 2022 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Feb 27, 2022. 19:15

Richards Bay established a three-point lead in the GladAfrica Championship, while Jomo Cosmos moved out of the basement after the 20th round of matches.

In one of six games played on Saturday, Cape Town All Stars claimed the bragging rights in the derby with a 1-0 win over Cape Town Spurs at Parow Park. Igugu Lekapa moved up to third in the table after extending their unbeaten run to eight outings as the Urban Warriors slipped to 12th following back-to-back defeats.

Free State Stars and Pretoria Callies could not be separated after their clash at Goble Park ended in a 2-2 draw. Ea Lla Koto remain in seventh position, four points adrift of the promotion places, while the Romans climbed above Spurs into 11th spot after going four matches undefeated.

JDR Stars suffered their first defeat in five games after going down 2-1 to Platinum City Rovers at the Giant Stadium. The Hammer Boys fell to third in the standings, three points off the summit, with Rovers unmoved in ninth position but going level on 28 points with Uthongathi.

Jomo Cosmos claimed a vital point in their fight for survival after holding Hungry Lions to a goalless draw at the Tsakane Stadium. Ezenkosi traded places with Black Leopards, who are now rock-bottom, while the team from the Northern Cape occupy 10th place, three points outside the top-half of the table.

University of Pretoria continued their push for promotion with a 1-0 victory over Black Leopards at the Tuks Stadium. AmaTuks saw their unbeaten run stretch to three games as they closed to within two points of the top-three in fifth spot. Lidoda Duvha suffered their sixth defeat in eight encounters to drop into the basement.

Polokwane City boosted their titles hopes with a 2-0 success over Uthongathi at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium. Rise And Shine picked up their second win on the spin to climb above JDR Stars into second place, with Uthongathi slipping to eighth after extending their winless streak to eight matches.

In Sunday’s action, Richards Bay pulled three points clear of the chasing pack courtesy of a 1-0 win over Venda Football Academy at the Thohoyandou Stadium. Johnny Ferreira’s side slid down to sixth position after losing more ground on the frontrunners following a second game without victory.

Meanwhile, TTM are in danger of being dragged into the relegation mire following a goalless draw against strugglers TS Sporting. Vhadau Vha Damani find themselves just five points clear of the bottom-two in 13th place after going five matches without a win. It was a crucial point for Abantu Bemthetho, who opened up a four-point gap to the drop zone.

Saturday’s results:

Cape Town All Stars 1-0 Cape Town Spurs

Free State Stars 2-2 Pretoria Callies

JDR Stars 1-2 Platinum City Rovers

Jomo Cosmos 0-0 Hungry Lions

University of Pretoria 1-0 Black Leopards

Polokwane City 2-0 Uthongathi

Sunday’s results:

Venda Football Academy 0-1 Richards Bay

TS Sporting 0-0 TTM

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