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Football | Absa Premiership

Edward Manqele © Backpagepix

SuperSport stay top, Chiefs held



SuperSport United remained top of the Absa Premiership after a full set of midweek fixtures despite suffering their first defeat of the season.

Matsatsantsa were beaten 2-1 by Moroka Swallows at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday evening, with goals from Edward Manqele and Siyabonga Nomvethe seeing the Soweto side to victory. Edwin Gyimah scored a consolation goal for the Pretoria club.

The results see SuperSport top of the log on 10 points, though they only lead Swallows and AmaZulu on goal difference.

The midweek action got underway on Tuesday, with the pick of three matches being the thrilling 2-2 draw between Ajax Cape Town and Mamelodi Sundowns. The Urban Warriors came from a goal down to claim the lead at 2-1, but the Brazilians claimed a share of the points thanks to a late equaliser from Cuthbert Malajila.

Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs played out a goalless draw at the Free State Stadium, keeping up their indifferent starts to the season, while Bidvest Wits are still unbeaten after a 1-1 draw at home to high-flying AmaZulu, though it took a goalkeeping howler for Getaneh Kebede to score an injury-time equaliser for the Clever Boys.

Wednesday’s action began with an early kick-off at the King Zwelithini Stadium where Golden Arrows’ wait for a first home win of the season was extended by visitors Free State Stars, who won 1-0 thanks to an early goal from Adam Abdul-Basit.

Maritzburg United recorded their first win since the opening day of the season, with early goals from Ayanda Nkosi and Mario Booysen seeing them to a 2-0 victory over 10-man Mpumalanga Black Aces, who had Sandile Zuke sent off.

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Platinum Stars kept up their unbeaten start to the season and excellent home form with a 1-0 victory over University of Pretoria courtesy of Siphelele Mthembu’s strike late in the first half, while Orlando Pirates – returning to the Absa Premiership for just their second match of the league season – needed a second half goal from Rooi Mahamutsa to condemn Polokwane City to a fifth successive loss.

Absa Premiership, Round 5 results:

Tuesday

Bidvest Wits 1 (Kebede 90+2’) AmaZulu 1 (Mthiyane 63’)

Bloemfontein Celtic 0 Kaizer Chiefs 0

Ajax Cape Town 2 (Dolly 56’, Manyama 68’ pen) Mamelodi Sundowns 2 (Zungu 52’, Malajila 81’)

Wednesday

Golden Arrows 0 Free State Stars 1 (Abdul-Basit 10’)

Maritzburg United 2 (Nkosi 4’, M. Booysen 7’) Black Aces 0

Orlando Pirates 1 (Mahamutsa 63’) Polokwane City 0

Platinum Stars 1 (S. Mthembu 45’) University of Pretoria 0

SuperSport United 1 (Gyimah 73’) Moroka Swallows 2 (Manqele 8’, Nomvethe 60’)

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