Chiefs’ draw with Ajax puts them sec­ond

Su­per­Sport hit the top of the log as Bid­vest Wits share sec­ond place with Amakhosi af­ter los­ing 2-0 to Sun­downs, who are now in third

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Su­per­Sport United sneaked into the top of the log with 35 points ahead of Kaizer Chiefs and Bid­vest Wits, who re­mained on 34, af­ter Amakhosi played to a 1-all draw against Ajax Cape Town fol­low­ing a 2-0 Stu­dents loss to Mamelodi Sun­downs. United over­came High­lands Park 1-0 at Makhu­long Sta­dium thanks to a soli­tary goal.

At the Athlone Sta­dium, Chiefs had to dig deep af­ter gan­gling striker Nathaniel Paulse put the Ur­ban War­riors in front through a sweet and well-taken header in the 58th minute.

Chiefs’ newly found never-say-die spirit even­tu­ally paid off as de­fender Daniel Car­doso rose high above the Ajax de­fence to beat Jody Fe­bru­ary in goal with a sec­ond headed goal of the en­counter in the 79th minute.

Car­doso al­most grabbed all the points for his side, but looked on in dis­may as his header flew way over the cross­bar from a sim­i­lar po­si­tion in the third minute of the ref­er­ees’ four of op­tional time.

Goals from Hlom­pho Kekana and Sibu­siso Vi­lakazi steered Mamelodi Sun­downs to a 2-0 vic­tory over log-lead­ers Bid­vest Wits at Lof­tus Sta­dium last night.

The vic­tory for Pitso Mosi­mane’s men en­sured they move up to the third spot on the log ta­ble with 32 points from 14 league matches.

Tha­bang Monare came close to pulling one back for the vis­i­tors af­ter re­ceiv­ing a loose ball on the edge of the 18-yard area, but his well-struck ef­fort went wide.

The Brazil­ians lost goal­keeper De­nis Onyango through a knee lig­a­ment in­jury and he was re­placed by Wayne Sandi­lands.

The de­feat saw the Clever Boys re­main with 34 points from 16 matches. –

Ti­mothy Molobi re­ports that at Or­lando Sta­dium it was a new coach, the same old play­ers and same re­sults as Or­lando Pi­rates suc­cumbed to their fourth draw of 2017, mean­ing they still have no wins this year.

All eyes were on new coach Kjell Jonevret to see what his coach­ing phi­los­o­phy was, but it was dif­fi­cult to tell as they played the same as al­ways. Many ex­pected the se­lected play­ers to grab the op­por­tu­nity given to them by Jonevret to im­press him, but most still played like be­fore with­out giv­ing their all or go­ing the ex­tra mile.

Although it is still too early to judge the Swede as he only started this week, he was at least bold to re­place off-form cap­tain Oupa Many­isa in the sec­ond half. Many­isa has been a shadow of him­self lately and per­haps time in the stands is what he needs at the mo­ment.

Dové Womé scored the equal­is­ing goal for the home side af­ter Rod­ney Ra­m­a­galela put the vis­i­tors ahead in the 52nd minute.

The To­golese in­ter­na­tional has now scored two in as many games and Pi­rates should make his loan stay a per­ma­nent one.

But credit should go to the vis­i­tors, who have been a marvel to watch un­der Bel­gian coach Luc Ey­mael.

Mean­while, Bloem­fontein Celtic suf­fered a 3-0 home loss to Plat­inum Stars at the Dr Petrus Molemela Sta­dium. To­day’s fix­tures: Mar­itzburg United vs Free State Stars (Harry Gwala Sta­dium, 3.30pm); Baroka FC vs Cape Town City (New Peter Mok­aba Sta­dium, 3.30pm)


WIN­NERS Sibu­siso Vi­lakazi cel­e­brates with team-mate Tebogo Langer­man af­ter scor­ing Mamelodi Sun­downs’ sec­ond goal in their 2-0 vic­tory over Bid­vest Wits at Lof­tus Vers­feld last night

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