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PSL Review: Kaizer Chiefs And Leopards Register Vital Wins

Sixteen goals were scored this weekend in South Africa Premier Soccer League matches played in different venues across the country.

Sixteen goals were scored this weekend in South Africa Premier Soccer League matches played in different venues across the country.

However, the biggest winners were Kaizer Chief and Black Leopards who took full advantage of their situations to bag maximum points against their opponents.

Golden Arrows suffered a shock 1-0 defeat in the hands of Stellenbosch on Saturday at Tuks Stadium. An early second half goal from forward Ashley du Preez was enough to give the Western Cape outfit victory.

The Stellies now move to 10th position on the PSL log and a full seven points clear of the relegation zone with five rounds of their campaign remaining.

Cape Town City’s ascendance in the league continued as they registered a scrappy 1-0 win over Chippa United at Orlando Stadium on Friday afternoon.

Kermit Erasmus scored the all important goal in the eleventh minute when he connected Fagrie Laky’s cross to the back of the net.

The victory took the Citizens to the ninth spot on the PSL log, while the Chilli Boys remained 12th on the log.

At the Dobsonville Stadium, Mamelodi Sundowns continued to let the title slip out of their hands by playing to a 1-1 against Highlands Park.

Peter Shalulile broke the deadlock for Lions of the North six minutes into the encounter when he controlled the ball well with his chest before hitting the back of the net for his 13th league goal of the season.

Sundowns restored parity five minutes to the end of the first stanza courtesy of Sphelele Mkhulise’s powerful header that he connected from Gaston Sirino’s cross.

The result saw the Brazilians failing to close the gap between them and table leaders Kaizer Chiefs, while Highlands Park moved up to the seventh spot on the league standings.

At Lucas Moripe Stadium, Amazulu were held to a goalless by Baroka FC in a result that saw Usuthu climb out of the relegation zone to the 14th spot, but Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele remained 13th on the log.

The other barren draw of the weekend was at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday where Bidvest Wits played to hosts Orlando Pirates. The result left the Buccaneers and their opponents in third and fifth place on the log standings respectively.

At Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Kaizer Chiefs came back from two goals down to secure a 3-2 victory over Polokwane City.

Polokwane broke the deadlock in the 17th minute courtesy of Lesiba Nku who chipped the ball over on-rushing Chiefs goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.

The Rise and Shine extended their lead on after 61 minutes when Jabulani Maluleke’s free-kick outside the area nestled the bottom corner after deflecting off Antony Akumu.

Chiefs managed to pull one back ten minutes later when Willard Katsande netted with a header from Nurkovic’s flick on to make it 2-1 following a corner-kick.

The Amakhosi leveled the matter in the 75th minute from a corner that was taken by Nurkovic before being tapped in by Okumu.

With 14 minutes left on the clock, Nurkovic scored the third goal for Chiefs when he beat Chibwe with a long-range shot.

The result extends Kaizer Chiefs’ lead to six points at the top of the league standings, while Polokwane City remains rooted in 15th place.

On Sunday, Black Leopards beat Martizburg United 3-2 in an entertaining match played at FNB Stadium whereas the game between SuperSport United and Bloemfontein Celtic ended in a 1-1 draw.

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