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Football | Absa Premiership

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PSL title race remains wide open



After round 26 of the Absa Premiership Orlando Pirates, a little fortuitously, extended their lead at the top of the table to two points after Mamelodi Sundowns suffered a shock defeat to Maritzburg United.

While The Buccaneers played to a disappointing goalless draw against Bidvest Wits, their second game without scoring a goal, the Brazilians miserable 2012 year continued as they were beaten 1-0 by Maritzburg thanks to a loan goal from Cuthbert Malajila nine minutes from time.

The win is the Team of Choice’s second in a row after they previously beat Kaizer Chiefs and now Sundowns which has taken Maritzburg up to tenth on the table while the Brazilians still reside in second.

Speaking of miserable runs, Chiefs poor form continued under their caretaker coach Ace Khuse as they slipped to their third straight defeat in a row and their second in the league after losing 2-1 to Santos on Sunday.

The result leaves the Amakhosi in sixth place on the log while Santos, in their first game under new coach Mart Nooij, moved to within one point of Black Leopards in 14th spot.

Leopards also didn’t have the best of weekends when an in-form AmaZulu thumped the Lidoda Duvha 4-1 which took the Usuthu up to seventh place on the table.

A team that has found form and some goals of late is SuperSport United who coasted to their third win in a row by beating Ajax Cape Town 2-1, Ashley Hartog and Atusaye Nyondo scoring the goals for the Matsatsantsa.

United are now up to third on the table, one place and one point above Moroka Swallows who played to a 1-1 draw with Bloemfontein Celtic. Siyabonga Nomvethe moved two goals clear at the top of the goal scoring charts with his penalty goal in this game, taking his league tally to 13.

Close on the heels of Nomvethe is Edward Manqele, but he failed to score this weekend as Free State Stars beat Platinum Stars 1-0 thanks to a goal from Dove Wome.

The only other match of the weekend saw Golden Arrows further dampen Jomo Cosmos’ hopes of surviving relegation when the KZN team put three past Jomo Sono’s team in a 3-1 victory.

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