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Football | Absa Premiership

Sifiso Myeni © Backpagepix

Absa Premiership weekends review



Kaizer Chiefs took a step closer towards the Absa Premiership title after the latest round of action this past weekend, while Orlando Pirates held on to their slim hopes of defending the title.

While Amakhosi and title rivals Platinum Stars played to a goalless draw on Sunday, the Buccaneers ended a seven-match winless run on Saturday night by beating Bidvest Wits on a dramatic evening at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

Substitute Sifiso Myeni scored in the eighth minute of injury time at the end of the game to give Roger de Sa's team victory.

The match was held up at the start of stoppage time when Pirates were wrongly denied a penalty following a challenge by Emile Baron on Ndumiso Mabela - the veteran Wits goalkeeper breaking his leg in the process and teenager Jethrin Barr coming on to replace him.

But there was little the youngster could do as Myeni struck to give the defending champions a 1-0 win and one that moved them onto 49 points in third place, with a game in hand over the teams above them.

Meanwhile in Polokwane, Henrico Botes and Benson Mhlongo both struck the posts for Dikwena as they were forced to settle for a share of the spoils.

The result left them on 50 points, while Chiefs moved up to 56 at the summit and needing just six more points from nine available to secure a first title in eight years.

Elsewhere, SuperSport United climbed to fourth thanks to a narrow 1-0 win over 10-man Lamontville Golden Arrows in Durban.

Sameegh Doutie (71) scored the only goal after goalkeeper Nkosi Gumede was red-carded midway through the first half with Gavin Hunt's men moving on to 39 points, also with a match in hand.

Arrows (28) remained in 13th, still not entirely clear of the relegation zone, but four points ahead of Ajax Cape Town (24), who drew their six-pointer with city rivals and bottom club Chippa United (21).

The Chilli Boys needed a win to move out of the automatic drop spot, but fell behind to a 13th-minute Mabuthi Khenyeza goal.

Abia Nale was then sent off in the final quarter with Welcome Qalanto snatching a goal 15 minutes from the end to take a point for his team.

Black Leopards (23) is sandwiched between the two Cape sides after falling to a 3-1 home loss to University of Pretoria (36), who are now up to eighth place, in Polokwane.

Bongani Zungu's 11th-minute goal coupled with a brace from Mame Niang (60 and 80) gave Tuks all the points, while Raymond Monama (64) netted a consolation for Lidoda Duvha.

In other results over the weekend, Bloemfontein Celtic in seventh, Free State Stars in fifth and Moroka Swallows in 10th all strengthened their top eight prospects with victories over Mamelodi Sundowns, AmaZulu and Maritzburg United respectively.

Ruzaigh Gamildien (38) scored the winner for Siwelele in Pretoria, while Katlego Mashego (45) netted the only goal in Port Elizabeth, both matches were 1-0 wins with Sundowns staying 11th and Maritzburg dropping to ninth.

Finally at Goble Park, Moeketsi Mvula (44) and Danny Venter (71) goals gave Steve Komphela's side a 2-1 win. Usuthu's consolation came from Kagiso Senamela (86).

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