Spurs suffer seventh straight loss, Birds rise to third spot

Spurs suffer seventh straight loss, Birds rise to third spot
Justice Figareido of Richards Bay challenged by Kwanda Mngonyama of Swallows during the DStv Premiership 2023/24 match between Moroka Swallows and Richards Bay at the Dobsonville Stadium, Soweto on the 15 September 2023 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Oct 01, 2023. 17:31

A record seventh successive loss since the start of the season for Cape Town Spurs was the major headline from a truncated weekend of action in South Africa’s DStv Premiership.

Swallows got things underway on Friday evening with a 2-1 home win over AmaZulu at the Dobsonville Stadium. A second-half brace from Tshegofatso Mabasa allowed the Birds to overcome Usuthu (who had opened the scoring via Ethan Brooks late in the first half, but also suffered a straight red card to Abbubaker Mobara) and shift up to third on the table behind Mamelodi Sundowns and Golden Arrows.

Saturday afternoon brought a revival of the Cape derby between Cape Town City and Cape Town Spurs. The Urban Warriors claimed an early lead via Ashley Cupido, but the Citizens powered back to secure a 3-1 win via a Darwin Gonzalez penalty and a second-half brace from Khanyisa Mayo.

For Spurs, the defeat set a new record of successive losses (seven) since the start of the season, eclipsing the six set by Umtata Bush Bucks in 1999-2000.

Saturday evening saw Polokwane City return to winning form with a 1-0 home triumph over Royal AM (thanks to Ndumiso Mabena’s goal in first-half injury time), while Sunday closed the weekend with a 1-1 draw between TS Galaxy and Richards Bay in Nelspruit.

The Rockets claimed an early lead via Sphiwe Mahlangu, but were quickly pegged back by the Natal Rich Boyz’s Langelihle Mhlongo.

The DStv Premiership will continue with a full round of midweek fixtures from Tuesday 3 to Thursday 5 October, headlined by a clash between Kaizer Chiefs and Cape Town City.

DStv Premiership weekend results

Friday 29 September

Moroka Swallows 2-1 AmaZulu

Saturday 30 September

Cape Town City 3-1 Cape Town Spurs

Polokwane City 1-0 Royal AM

Sunday 1 October

TS Galaxy 1-1 Richards Bay

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