Kaizer Chiefs stay top as title rivals climb
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.
Johannesburg: 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.