The three way battle at the top of the standings continued, with Mamelodi Sundowns ultimately retaining their pole position after a fantastic weekend of Absa Premiership action.
It was however Bidvest Wits who found themselves leading the standings on Friday night, following an emphatic 5-0 trouncing of Polokwane City at the Bidvest Stadium in Johannesburg.
Propelling the Students to their comfortable win was a James Keene hat-trick. The Englishman netted on 17, 29 and 62 minutes, with Paseka Sekese (79) and Ben Motshwari (90) adding further salt to Polokwane’s wounds.
A Lucky Mohomi goal midway through the opening stanza saw Free State Stars through to a 1-0 victory in a provincial derby against Bloemfontein Celtic at Goble Park. Stars moved eighth win the win, but it came at a cost for Ea Lla Koto after a serious injury forced striker Andrea Fileccia off the field early in the game.
Also winning 1-0 were Jomo Cosmos, who beat Orlando Pirates at Olen Park thanks to a Charlton Mashumba strike on 75 minutes, the result leaving Bucs in 11th position and Cosmos in 14th.
Sundowns were back on top of the standings on Saturday night, with a one point advantage over the Clever Boys after they beat SuperSport United 2-0 in a Tshwane derby at the Lucas Moripe Stadium. Getting the goals for the Brazilians were Bafana midfielder Hlompo Kekana (42) and Columbian striker Leonardo Castro (46).
On Sunday, the University of Pretoria scored a much needed three points, denting Black Aces’ position up near the summit, AmaZayoni ending the weekend in third place, three points off the summit after they lost 1-0, Atusaye Nyondo scoring after only two minutes at the Loftus Stadium.
Platinum Stars meanwhile climbed to fifth, following a thrilling 2-1 win over Kaizer Chiefs in Cape Town. AmaKhosi had scored first through Camaldine Abraw (45), but Eleazar Rodgers ensured maximum points for Dikwena as he struck on his home turf with 85 and 90 minutes goals in front of a packed house in the Mother City.
Up in East London, Chippa United ensured that the city’s first hosting of a top flight game in nine years ended in joy as they beat Ajax Cape Town in an end-to-end game of action-packed drama in front of a full house at the Buffalo City Stadium.
The Urban Warriors shocked the home support with a goal on two minutes by Prince Nxumalo. But the Chilli Boys hit back in style with three scintillating goals by David Zulu (51), Joseph Molangoane (57) and Xola Mlambo (90), going up to sixth position the Absa Premiership standings in the process.