Bucs off to a flier, Chiefs wob­ble

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport Starts Here -

THE 2016-17 Absa Pre­mier­ship is up and run­ning af­ter the com­ple­tion of seven Round 1 matches in mid­week. No less than 16 goals were scored, with the high­light a hat-trick from Or­lando Pi­rates’ Tendai Ndoro. The Zim­bab­wean was com­pletely anony­mous in the first half of the Buc­ca­neers’ home clash against Golden Ar­rows on Wed­nes­day night, but came to life af­ter the break and reg­is­tered the first tre­ble of the 2016-17 PSL sea­son to see Muhsin Er­tu­gral’s team rise to the top of the stand­ings.

Other fix­tures on Wed­nes­day even­ing saw Plat­inum Stars down Stu­art Bax­ter’s Su­perS­port United 1-0 in Rusten­burg thanks to a header from Malaw­ian Robert Ng’ambi, while Kurt Len­tjies scored the only goal of the game in Bloem­fontein to see Mar­itzburg United to vic­tory over Celtic — the only away win recorded across the two days.

Tues­day’s ac­tion saw newly-formed Cape Town City open their ac­count with a 2-0 win over Polok­wane City — for­mer Black Aces play­ers Bhongo Jayiya and Aubrey Ngoma scored the goals — while their crosstown ri­vals Ajax Cape Town were held 1-1 in Lim­popo by newly-pro­moted Baroka FC.

Chippa United con­tin­ued with the strong form they showed last sea­son by down­ing Free State Stars 2-1 (Rhu­lani Manzini scored the first brace of the sea­son), while the stand­out re­sult of the round saw Bid­vest Wits beat Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 in Jo­han­nes­burg.

Elias Pelembe and Thu­lani Hlatshwayo net­ted for the Clever Boys as they laid down a marker for the rest of the sea­son.

De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Mamelodi Sun­downs did not play their pro­posed Round 1 match against pro­moted High­lands Park as they were busy par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Caf Cham­pi­ons League. MID­FIELDER Danny Drinkwa­ter (26) has signed a new five-year deal with Le­ices­ter City that will keep him at the club un­til 2021, the Premier League cham­pi­ons an­nounced yes­ter­day.

Drinkwa­ter, who joined Le­ices­ter from Manch­ester United in 2012, was a main­stay in the club’s fairy­tale cam­paign last sea­son, mak­ing 35 league ap­pear­ances for Clau­dio Ranieri’s side.

“I’ve loved play­ing for this club, it’s been per­fect for me and my ca­reer and I want to be here for a long time to come. I couldn’t be hap­pier,” Drinkwa­ter told the club’s web­site.

“I've grown a lot as a player and a per­son in the last four years and Le­ices­ter City has been a mas­sive part of that. I owe a lot to the staff here for help­ing me get to this point – they’ve been qual­ity.” — Reuters

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