Aces make it fourth in a row

2016-01-13 06:00

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BLACK ACES set a new club record for consecutive Premier Soccer League wins when they defeated Polo-kwane City by 1-0 on Saturday (09/01).

The victory was a fourth in a row for Muhsin Ertugral’s side and confirms their best ever start to a top-flight season.

Their run of success betters their previous best of three wins in a row when they defeated Ajax Cape Town, Moroka Swallows and Orlando Pirates in consecutive matches last season.

Their current run, which saw the team climb to second on the table level on points with Mamelodi Sundowns from the same number of matches, has prompted talk of a championship challenge this campaign, though Ertugral has been quick to play this down.

The first ever victory over Polokwane City was preceded by wins against Jomo Cosmos, Bloemfontein Celtic and Ajax.

The last time the club dropped points was at the end of October when they lost 2-1 to Chippa United, though they will do well to maintain that run as they travel to championship challengers BidVest Wits on Friday (15/01).

AmaZayoni are also well on course to smash their previous record points haul in the PSL of 43 in the 2013-’14 season, when they also achieved their highest league placing of seventh under then coach Clive Barker.

If they keep up their current rate of point-scoring the club will finish the season on 62. It would take a major dip in form for them not to eclipse their tally of two seasons ago.

Collins Mbesuma handed the club their latest victory over Polokwane with a penalty that took his league tally to eight for the season.

That is the joint-highest for the club in a completed campaign, equalling the effort of former striker Mpho Maleka in the 2010-’11 season.

The Zambian seems set to smash the previous best mark on what has been a season of triumph for him so far having shed the weight of previous years and also seemingly injury-free.

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