A full weekend’s action, including the Soweto derby, saw 18 goals scored, with Mamelodi Sundowns enjoying a three point gap at the summit after the dust had settled.
The action started on Friday night as Ajax Cape Town edged out Golden Arrows 1-0 in the Mother City, thanks to Ruzaigh Gamildien’s crisp first half volley on 33 minutes, the result leaving Arrows seventh while Ajax are 11th.
Saturday’s highlight saw a full house at the FNB Stadium, where Orlando Pirates came back with a second half headed goal through Thamsanqa Gabuza on 68 minutes to cancel out Willard Katsande’s 27th minute opener in a 1-1 Soweto derby draw between Pirates and Chiefs.
Jomo Cosmos’ struggles continued as they went down 2-1 away to Polokwane City. Former Ezenkosi striker Essau Kanyenda opened the scoring for Polokwane after only a minute played, Brice Aka equalising from the spot on 68 minutes before Sipho Jembule grabbed an 80th minute winner as Rise and Shine moved to 12th on the table.
In Mpumalanga, Collins Mbesuma grabbed his 11th league goal of the season as Black Aces edged out Chippa United 1-0, the win taking AmaZayoni to second spot, three points behind Sundowns, while Chippa are sixth.
Sundowns meanwhile had to hold on at the Harry Gwala Stadium for a 3-2 win over bottom-of-the-table Maritzburg United. The Brazilians were 3-0 up and in rampant mood after goals from Hlompho Kekana (a brace) and Khama Billiat. The Team of Choice scored two late goals through Evans Rusike and Brian Onyango, but were still left empty handed.
New SuperSport United boss Stuart Baxter meanwhile saw his team getting a 1-0 home win over Free State Stars, Kingston Nkthatha’s 13th minute goal enough for maximum points in Tshwane.
On Sunday, Bidvest Wits saw their title ambitions taking a slight dent as they lost 2-1 to Bloemfontein Celtic in the Free State. Elias Pelembe put the Clever Boys in front on 35 minutes, but second half goals for Thapelo Morena, and a late penalty by Musa Nyatama, secured a much needed victory for Phunya Sele Sele.
New AmaTuks coach Shaun Bartlett was unable to inspire the University of Pretoria to victory, watching as his side lost 2-0 to Platinum Stars at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday, where Solomon Mathe (26′) and Siyabonga Zulu (86′) fired Dikwena to victory.