The Citizen (Gauteng)

Sundowns just one win away

RIVALS SLIP UP: PIRATES DRAW WHILE AMAZULU LOSE

- Tshepo Ntsoelengo­e

Sundowns will win the DStv Premiershi­p title if they beat SuperSport United in a DStv Premiershi­p Tshwane derby on 26 May, after Orlando Pirates played out a goalless draw with Stellenbos­ch yesterday, while AmaZulu suffered a surprise defeat at home to Baroka.

Pirates were never really in the title race anyway, to be fair, as they started this game 15 points behind Sundowns, with five games left to play, and a vastly inferior goal difference.

AmaZulu remain seven points behind Sundowns, with three games left, but this defeat to Bakgaga realistica­lly ended their title chances, Richard Mbulu’s 38th minute goal enough to give the away side three points at the King Zwelithini Stadium.

Josef Zinnbauer’s Buccaneers were lucky to walk away with a point in this tie, after their dismal display, which saw Stellenbos­ch dominating the game, especially in the first half but they failed to take their chances.

Stellies almost had a brilliant start to the game, after a Jayden Adams’ 5th minute free-kick was pushed back into play by Pirates keeper Wayne Sandilands. However, the follow up from Nathan Sinkala hit the post, before Ashely du Preez’s attempt from the rebound went over the bar.

Pirates, meanwhile, knocked the ball around as they looked for a way to break the Stellies back four, but the home side was mainly solid at the back.

They did almost gift Bucs an easy goal after goalkeeper Lee Langeveldt failed to clear a back pass, but defender Zitha Macheke was quick to the rescue.

Before going into half time, Du Preez got two brilliant chances. The striker failed to take a shot a goal after beating Pirates defenders for pace and then he was setup inside the box with only the keeper to beat, but he squandered the golden opportunit­y.

The home side finished the first half dominant, but failed to find the back of the net as the teams went into the the break goalless.

The first few minutes of the second stanza saw Deon Hotto beat Langeveldt from a set-piece only to hit the crossbar.

In the 63rd minute, another free-kick to Bucs, this time taken by Gabadinho Mhango looked to be going into the net, but Langeveldt pulled off a great save.

 ?? Picture: Backpagepi­x ?? EVENS.Sibusiso Mthethwa (left) of Stellenbos­ch FC and Gabadinho Mhango of Orlando Pirates challenge for possession during their DStv Premiershi­p match at Danie Craven Stadium yesterday.
Picture: Backpagepi­x EVENS.Sibusiso Mthethwa (left) of Stellenbos­ch FC and Gabadinho Mhango of Orlando Pirates challenge for possession during their DStv Premiershi­p match at Danie Craven Stadium yesterday.

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