George Lebese © Backpagepix
Kaizer Chiefs have taken a major step up the Absa Premiership log following a trio of matches on Saturday, while their Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates were held to a goalless stalemate.
Chiefs find themselves level on points (and goal difference) at the top of the table with Cape Town City (who hold the number one spot thanks to a greater number of goals scored) after they defeated Chippa United 1-0 at Mbombela Stadium.
The early evening match looked to be headed to a dour stalemate, but five minutes from the end of regulation time substitute George Lebese provided a fine finish to win the game for the Amakhosi and further entrench them in the exciting title race.
Pirates’ clash at Makhulong Stadium against Highlands Park followed soon afterwards, but the Buccaneers weren’t able to match their rivals' result as they were held 0-0 by the Lions of the North, who moved off the foot of the table thanks to the point garnered.
The weekend’s action began with Maritzburg United handing Baroka FC a 3-1 defeat at Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday evening, with Kwanda Mngonyama, Mohau Mokate and Bevan Fransman netting for the Team of Choice.
Saturday’s first game saw Ajax Cape Town claim a valuable away point in their fight against relegation, as they drew 1-1 at Golden Arrows.
Abafana Bes’thende went ahead early through Nkanyiso Mngwengwe, but the Urban Warriors struck back late on with a goal from Prince Nxumalo.
The weekend’s action will wrap up with one match on Sunday: Free State Stars welcome champions Mamelodi Sundowns to the James Motlatsi Stadium at 3pm CAT (SA, GMT+2).
ABSAP PREMIERSHIP WEEKEND RESULTS
Friday 14 April
Maritzburg United 3-1 Baroka FC
Saturday 15 April
Golden Arrows 1-1 Ajax Cape Town
Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 Chippa United
Highlands Park 0-0 Orlando Pirates