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Percy Tau and Thabo Matlaba © Backpagepix

Pirates humiliated, Chiefs up to second

Saturday was a headline-making day in the Absa Premiership, with Mamelodi Sundowns recording a massive victory in their riot-marred home clash against Orlando Pirates, while Kaizer Chiefs maintained their strong form by winning in Pietermaritzburg.

At Loftus, Sundowns took Pirates apart and established a 6-0 lead by the 81st minute of their afternoon clash, with Themba Zwane, Percy Tau, Ricardo Nascimento and Thapelo Morena sharing the goals.

The match will be remembered as much for the Brazilians’ emphatic victory as for a disgusting pitch invasion, scenes of violence and suspension of play, as supporters vented their frustrations. The fixture was completed after a lengthy delay, with no further additions to the score.

In Durban, Golden Arrows continued their good form this season as they overcame Bloemfontein Celtic 2-1 thanks to second-half strikes from Nkanyiso Cele and Knox Mutizwa.

The evening matches saw focus shift to the top of the table. Cape Town City jumped up to first place thanks to a 2-0 win in their derby clash against Ajax Cape Town – an opening strike from Aubrey Ngoma and an own goal saw Eric Tinkler’s side to victory.

The match of the day took place at a rainy Harry Gwala Stadium, where Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzburg United served up some great football despite the slippery conditions. The Amakhosi claimed a fourth successive win – thanks to second-half goals from Willard Katsande and Siphiwe Tshabalala – to move up to second place on the log.

The weekend’s league action will be wrapped up by a match between Highlands Park and Polokwane City at Makhulong Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Absa Premiership results

Saturday, 11 February

Golden Arrows 2-1 Bloemfontein Celtic
Mamelodi Sundowns 6-0 Orlando Pirates
Maritzburg United 1-2 Kaizer Chiefs
Ajax Cape Town 0-2 Cape Town City


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