It was Mamelodi Sundowns who profited most from this week’s midweek action, the Brazilians further extending their lead at the summit.
Downs were 3-0 winners over Chippa United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Tuesday night, while three of the four of their main title rivals all dropped points. On the score-sheet in their comfortable win over the Chilli Boys (seventh position on the standings) were Leonardo Castro (5’), Teko Modise (41’) and Khama Billiat (45’).
Also on Tuesday night, Kaizer Chiefs retuned to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Golden Arrows at the Moses Mabhida Stadium thanks to an early and a late goal, Camaldine Abraw (6’) and William Twala (90’) scoring for the Soweto side who are in fourth spot, 10 points behind Sundowns.
Tuesday’s other action saw Jomo Cosmos and Black Aces sharing the spoils in a 0-0 draw at Olen Park, Aces holding on to second spot, but now five points off the pace set by Pitso Mosimane’s team.
Another top side failing to claim maximum points were Bidvest Wits, who could only secure a 1-1 draw at home to Platinum Stars, James Keene leveling the game on 15 minutes after Eleazar Rodgers had struck in the fifth minute for the North West side. The Clever Boys are third, six points off the top, while Stars are fifth, a further six points back.
In a meeting of old friends and colleagues in Orlando on Wednesday, Eric Tinkler’s Orlando Pirates team edged out Roger De Sa’s Ajax Cape Town side. Pirates seemed to be cruising after going 2-0 up through after Rivaldo Coetzee’s back-pass on 19 minutes was let in for an own goal by Anssi Jaakkola before Sifiso Myeni scored just after the restart. But the Urban Warriors fought back to score through Prince Nxumalo (64’), but just could not find the second goal.
Shaun Bartlett saw his AmaTuks side (second from bottom) go 2-0 up in Pretoria through a Thabo Mnyamane brace (31’ and 48’), only for Free State Stars to earn a point with goals from Danny Venter (51’) and Sello Japhta (67’).
Bloemfontein Celtic and SuperSport United, two sides looking to move on up the table, could only muster a point each as they drew 2-2 at the Dr Molemela Stadium, Phunye Sele Sele new arrival Fiston Abduol Razak (38’) having his goal cancelled out by Luvolwethu Mpeta (64’).
Things were looking up for bottom-of-the-log Maritzburg United when they went into the break 1-0 up against Polokwane City at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium after Deolin Mekoa struck in the 37th minute. But Rise and Shine hit back with three unanswered second half goals, Muzikayifani Ngidi (57’), Thobani Mncwango (62’) and Sipho Jembula (87’) securing an important three points as the Limpopo team moved level on points with eighth positioned Celtic.