‘Big’ clubs falter in Absa premiership kick-off
by TINTSWALO BALOYI
JOHANNESBURG – SOUTH Africa’s so-called big premiership clubs, except for Kaizer Chiefs failed to impress in the opening games of the highly anticipated Absa premiership matches played across the country.
Defending champions Memolodi Sundowns were held to a 1-1 draw by lowly rated Maritzburg United at Loftus Versfeld on Friday while former champions Orlando Pirates were humbled 2-1 by supercharged Moroka Swallows in a Soweto derby encounter at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.
The only football giant that emerged unscratched despite playing away from home was Kaizer Chiefs, who edged Free State Stars 1-0 at Charles Mopedi Stadium in Free State on Saturday .
Chiefs got their solitary goal of the match courtesy of George Lebese. The only goal of the day later proved vital for Kaizer Chiefs as they collected the three crucial points to set the tone.
In another encounter played in Free State province, Bloemfontein Celtic needed a last minute goal to force a 1-1 draw against Mpumalanga Black Aces at the Free State Stadium .
The visitors scored first through enterprising Zimbabwe international Tendai Ndoro while Joel Mogorosi grabbed the equalising goal for Celtic in regulation time.
Elsewhere in Port Elizabeth, newly promoted Chippa United beat Platinum Stars 2-0 in a thrilling league match played at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.
Goals from Andile Mbenyane and David Zulu were enough to see Chippa United start the season on a high note.
In another upset of the 2014/2015 premiership season opening matches, Bidvest Wits beat the hosts SuperSport United 1-0 at Atteridgeville on Saturday to pocket the three vital points.
Wits scored the only goal of the match courtesy of a penalty spot-kick by S’thembiso Ngcobo in the 70th.
In other league matches played on Sunday, AmaZulu and Ajax Cape Town settled for a goalless draw in a league match at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban while Polokwane City shook University of Pretoria, whom they beat 0-1 in Pretoria on Saturday.
Puleng Tlolane scored the vital goal for Polokwane.
– CAJ News
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