Golden Arrows secured the advantage, heading into the final round of the Multichoice Diski Challenge, when they beat Maritzburg United 1-0 at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Arrows have accumulated 31 points this season, which means they are currently one point ahead of Mamelodi Sundowns, who have actually won more matches than Arrows this term. All that separated Arrows from their Pietermaritzburg counterparts was an 83rd minute goal from Mabhuti Khenyeza.
The ball hadn’t always been in Arrows’ court though, as Sundowns had the opportunity to extend their points tally to 33 at the weekend. However, they came unstuck against Free State Stars at the same venue on Saturday in a 2-1 defeat.
Cosmas Mzizi and Tshepo Mothiba were the chief destroyers for Ea Lla Koto. At the end of it all a Samuel Julies equalizer in the 30th minute was not enough for the Brazilians to keep their spot at the top of the table, the Tshwane side now a point behind Arrows.
Polokwane City kept themselves in contention when they recorded a 1-0 victory against Platinum Stars on Sunday. They are currently on 30 points in the league standings, thanks to a Phuti Chokoe goal in the sixth minute.
While the chase for the title has been enthralling, the battle to avoid finishing at the bottom of the standings is just as fascinating.
Black Aces, currently 16th in the league standings, continued with their losing ways, despite breaching the Bloemfontein Celtic goal twice on Sunday. Goals from Isak Makhubo and Khotso Mokhele, along with an own goal from Zanele Mbiyozo helped Celtic emerge from the fixture unscathed. They head into the final round in eighth spot on the league standings.
A 75th minute goal from Sherwin Bailey was not enough for Chippa United during their match against the University of Pretoria. Botshelo Mfulwane had established the lead for Tuks just after the half time intermission, while Siphamandla Dhlamini put the final nail in the Chippa coffin. Chippa remain 15th in the league standings.
Orlando Pirates, currently 14th on the table, did not make any meaningful progress either. They could only muster a 0-0 draw against Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday.
Ajax Cape Town, fighting for a spot among the top eight, were not able to make significant headway in their match on Saturday. In fact an 80th minute goal from Justin Jacobus helped them steal a point in their 1-1 draw against SuperSport United.
Bidvest Wits are out of contention for the league title. However, that did not stop them from recording an emphatic 3-1 victory against Jomo Cosmos on Saturday. Goals from Siya Mose, Muponda Masuka and Mthokozizi Shwabule did the damage.