Clever Boys move to second spot
It was a bad night for Free State teams as Bloemfontein Celtic and Free State Stars lost their league encounters.
Bidvest Wits moved to the second spot on the table after easily beating Stars 3-1 while Celtic lost 3-0 at home to Ajax Cape Town.
Phakamani Mahlambi marked his return to the Wits lineup with a brace to reintroduce himself to South African football lovers. The pacey winger, who was out of action for about nine months, won a penalty and scored from the spot in the 35th minute. He was again on the score sheet in the 60th minute after he easily slotted home from close range.
As soon as the Clever Boys took the lead as early as the 13th minute through Gabadinho Mhango it was clear they were on course to their first victory in four matches.
Although Stars pulled one before the break through Thokozani Sekotlong, they did not offer much resistance.
They even missed a late penalty when Darren Keet saved a Moeketsi Sekola spot kick.
Stars also finished the game with 10 men after captain Kerspuy Angelo was sent off after receiving two yellow cards.
Chippa United bounced back to their winning ways in the Absa Premiership after defeating Highlands Park 2-0 at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane yesterday.
Goals from Katlego Mashego and Lerato Manzini sealed it for the hosts.
Chippa United were unlucky not to hit the front in the fifth minute of the game. Thamsanqa Sangweni saw his free kick attempt cannon off the outside of the post, with Tapuwa Kapini beaten.
The Chilli Boys bossed the early exchanges.
However, they were almost caught on the break with 19 minutes on the clock.
Edwin Sitayitayi, though, slipped at a vital moment with the goal at his mercy.
The hosts grabbed the lead six minutes later, with former Mamelodi Sundowns forward Mashego guiding a deflected left-footed free kick past Kapini. The Lions of the North skipper was helpless as the ball found the back of the net.
Mashego almost doubled their lead from another set piece on the half-hour mark, but Kapini was up to the task this time around.
The Zimbabwe national made an outstanding save as Chippa held a slender 1-0 lead at the break.
Gordon Igesund introduced Charlton Mashumba after the interval, with Highlands having failed to produce a single shot on target.
Mothobi Mvala’s speculative effort almost beat Daniel Akpeyi in the 56th minute, but the Nigerian recovered.
Chippa, though, would be the next to score as Manzini made it 2-0 in the 74th minute of the clash.
The flowing move was sparked by Paseka Mako, who played a quick onetwo with Mashego before setting up his team-mate for an easy finish.
The defeat sees Highlands remain in 14th spot on the log standings, with the Tembisa-based club in danger of ending the year in the relegation zone.
Meanwhile, at Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Platinum Stars and Maritzburg United played to a goalless draw.