Absa Premiership

Rivals keep up Chiefs chase

2014-09-15 08:26
Kaizer Chiefs (Gallo Images)

Soweto - There is a familiar look to the top of the South African Premiership table after six rounds with the four likeliest champions among the leading five clubs.

Kaizer Chiefs maintained a perfect start with veteran midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane scoring the goals that delivered a 2-1 home win over Pretoria University in hot Soweto.

Ajax Cape Town, the exception among the top five having started the season without lofty ambitions, edged Free State Stars 2-1 to stay second four points behind Chiefs.

Orlando Pirates replaced Wits University in third spot afer beating them 1-0 in Soweto with veteran goalkeeper Rowan Fernandez conceding a late own goal.

Pirates are seven points behind Chiefs and one ahead of Wits, who were joined in fourth place by title-holders Mamelodi Sundowns.

A 1-0 away win over 10-man Bloemfontein Celtic thanks to a goal from Mozambican Elias 'Domingues' Pelembe made it three victories in four games for expensively-assembled Sundowns.

SuperSport United defeated Platinum Stars 3-1 in their first game under Gordon Igesund, the recently sacked national coach who guided four Premiership clubs to the title.

Promoted Chippa United ended a four-match win-less run by overcoming erratic Moroka Swallows 2-0 in Soweto with Nigerian Ugonna Uzuchukwu among the goals.

Maritzburg United were held 0-0 at home by Mpumalanga Black Aces and a brace from Zambian Bornwell Mwape earned bottom club AmaZulu a 2-2 draw at fellow strugglers Polokwane City.

Letsholonyane, a 32-year-old box-to-box midfielder told by Igesund he was too old for the national squad, became joint leading Premiership scorer on four goals after his brace.

He rifled a loose ball past Zimbabwe goalkeeper Washington Arubi to open the scoring and after Ugandan Geoffrey Massa levelled, snatched the 70th-minute winner via a close-range flick.

All the Cape Town goals came during 16 first-half minutes with Thabiso Nkoana claiming the winner close to half-time with his third league goal of the season.

A shot from veteran Pirates defender Siyabonga Sangweni six minutes from time rebounded off the post, struck fallen Fernandez on the shoulder and trickled into the net.

It was Wits' third loss to the Buccaneers in a season just five weeks old, having fallen at home and away in a two-leg cup competition semi-final.

Cameroon-born Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb was lucky to escape a red card having struck team-mate Wandisile Letlabika twice after a mix-up gifted Pelembe a goal.

Celtic were reduced to 10 men on 66 minutes when Albert Ndengene was sent off and Nigeria 2014 African Nations Championship star Ejike Uzoenyi debuted for Sundowns off the bench.

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