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DStv Premiership: Stellies win Cape derby as crucial points are up for grabs

DStv Premiership: Stellies win Cape derby as crucial points are up for grabs

Friday, 27 January

Stellenbosch 3-2 Cape Town City

Saturday, 28 January 

Mamelodi Sundowns v Sekhukhune United - 15:30

Swallows v SuperSport United - 17:30

Marumo Gallants v Orlando Pirates - 20:00

Sunday, 29 January 

Richards Bay v AmaZulu - 15:30

Chippa United v Maritzburg United - 15:30

Kaizer Chiefs v Royal AM - 17:30

TS Galaxy v Golden Arrows - 17:30

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Local rivals Stellenbosch and Cape Town City will be locking horns in the DStv Premiership on Friday when they meet at Danie Craven Stadium.

The hosts are desperate for a win as they've been dragged into the relegation zone following two consecutive defeats.

Stellies' last home game was a 1-0 defeat to Sekhukhune United on 14 January, when Chibuike Ohizu scored the decisive goal for the visitors.

Orlando Pirates then smashed the Cape Winelands side 4-1 last Sunday, leaving them 15th in the standings, only two points clear of last-placed Marumo Gallants.

Meanwhile, Cape Town are enjoying a decent run of form to start 2023. They've lost only one game this year, against SuperSport United, and are unbeaten in their last three.

An impressive home win over Pirates was followed by a 1-1 draw at Chippa United, and a 1-0 win against TS Galaxy last Friday.Cape Town are in seventh position in the standings, and another win could see them climb as high as fourth.

- TEAMtalk media

24 January 14:12

Mamelodi Sundowns have an opportunity to go 19 points clear at the top of the DStv Premiership standings if they are to come out victors against TS Galaxy in their midweek tie on Tuesday.

The Brazilians are cashing in on the extra days in January to play as many league games as possible before they begin the group stages of the CAF Champions League next month, including matches in the Nedbank Cup.

Masandawana edged rivals Kaizer Chiefs to a 1-0 win on Saturday and now look to collect a further three points against Galaxy, who are fighting for survival in South Africa's top-flight.

Kick-off is at 19:30.

23 January 06:54

Richards Bay second in PSL despite own goal, penalty miss

South African Premiership surprise side Richards Bay conceded an own goal and missed a penalty in a 1-1 draw at SuperSport United on Sunday that kept them second.

Harold Majadibodu deflected a cross past Ugandan goalkeeper Salim Magoola and into his own net eight minutes from time near Pretoria.

Tshepo Mabua then had a chance to put Richards Bay ahead again from a spot-kick, but struck the woodwork in a match where a loss would have seen them drop to third.

Richards Bay had gone ahead on 67 minutes when Sanele Barns took advantage of a defensive mix-up to score his third league goal.

Promoted after winning the second-tier championship, Richards Bay have found goals hard to come by with just 15 in 17 matches, and Barns is the co-leading club scorer.

But 11 clean sheets have helped the club from a coastal town in the eastern KwaZulu-Natal province win eight matches, draw six and lose only three.

They have 30 points, 16 less than runaway leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, and two more than third-placed SuperSport.

While Sundowns are on course for a sixth straight title, Richards Bay would also qualify for the 2023-2024 CAF Champions League if they finish runners-up.

After scoring only eight goals in eight previous home matches, Orlando Pirates netted four times in 56 minutes to hammer Stellenbosch 4-1 in Soweto.

Thabang Monare triggered the goal feast and captain Innocent Maela, Kermit Erasmus and Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo also scored for the Buccaneers. Pirates rose four places to fourth while Stellenbosch dropped one place, and into the relegation zone as a winless run extended to nine matches.

On Saturday, Sundowns stretched a winning run to 12 matches as a Neo Maema thunderbolt midway through the first half delivered a 1-0 win in Johannesburg at Kaizer Chiefs.

Chiefs, the most successful club with 54 domestic titles, have lost all three matches in January and not scored.

They lie sixth, 22 points adrift of the leaders.

A day earlier, fifth-placed Sekhukhune United continued a remarkable turnaround under new coach Brandon Truter as they edged Swallows 1-0 in Polokwane for a fourth consecutive victory.

- AFP

14 January 20:54

Late goals end Orlando Pirates' losing streak

Orlando Pirates snapped a three-match Premiership losing run when they scored two added-time goals to beat Golden Arrows in Soweto.

Losses to arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs, leaders Mamelodi Sundowns and Cape Town City had seen the four-time league champions drop to eighth halfway through the season.

Arrows, two places above the Buccaneers when the match began, fell behind to a first-half goal from Monapule Saleng, but levelled midway through the second half via Velemseni Ndwandwe.

The teams remained deadlocked until the second minute of added time when Zimbabwean Terrence Dzvukamanja netted and Vincent Pule added a third goal.

Victory lifted Pirates to fifth, 18 points adrift of Sundowns with both clubs having played 16 matches.

Sundowns have won a record 12 titles since the Premiership began in 1996 with Chiefs and Pirates successful four times each.

Pretoria-based Sundowns are chasing a sixth consecutive league title while Chiefs were last crowned champions in 2015 and Pirates in 2012.

Some pundits say the financial muscle of club owner and CAF president Patrick Motsepe gives Sundowns an unfair advantage, but they have consistently bought wisely.

Sundowns will be in action on Monday when they face third-placed SuperSport United in a local derby.

While Pirates' supporters celebrated, those of Chiefs were recovering from a 4-0 hiding by AmaZulu in Durban on Friday.

AmaZulu shrugged off a woeful performance when losing to Royal AM last weekend and were three goals ahead by half-time.

Chiefs discards Dumisani Zuma and Ramahlwe Mphahlele nodded corners into the net before sloppy defending allowed Ivorian Sede Dion to notch the third goal just before the break. Bongi Ntuli completed the humiliation of Chiefs, winners of a record 54 domestic titles, in added time.

AmaZulu rose six places to sixth while Chiefs remained fourth despite winning only seven of 16 matches.

Richards Bay replaced SuperSport in second spot by beating struggling Marumo Gallants 2-0 while Sekhukhune United completed a hat-trick of victories with a 1-0 win at Stellenbosch.

- AFP

14 January 07:01

Kaizer Chiefs humiliated as AmaZulu slot 4 past Khune

AmaZulu beat a toothless Kaizer Chiefs 4-0 as goals from Dumisani Zuma, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Junior Dion and Bongi Ntuli helped ease the pressure on under-fire coach Romain Folz at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Friday.

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12 January 08:22

Last-gasp equaliser helps Gallants draw with Stellenbosch FC

Stellenbosch FC and Marumo Gallants played out a 1-1 draw, with Gallants scoring late in the game to secure a point at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch on Wednesday evening. 

<p><strong>Last-gasp equaliser helps Gallants draw with Stellenbosch FC</strong></p><p>Stellenbosch FC and Marumo Gallants played out a 1-1 draw, with Gallants scoring late in the game to secure a point at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch on Wednesday evening.&nbsp;<strong></strong></p>
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11 January 10:31

Sundowns survive late Chippa scare to record 10th consecutive win

Mamelodi Sundowns made it 10 wins in a row as goals from Teboho Mokoena and Peter Shalulile helped them edge past Chippa United 2-1 at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Tuesday evening.

<p><strong>Sundowns survive late Chippa scare to record 10th consecutive win</strong></p><p>Mamelodi Sundowns made it 10 wins in a row as goals from Teboho Mokoena and Peter Shalulile helped them edge past Chippa United 2-1 at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Tuesday evening.<strong></strong></p>
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08 January 22:05

Rare victory for Royal AM, Sundowns only top eight side to win

Royal AM beat AmaZulu 2-0 in a Durban derby on Sunday and rose seven places to fifth, after leaders Mamelodi Sundowns were the only club to win among those who began the weekend in the top eight positions.

Lesotho international Sera Motebang nodded Royal in front on 12 minutes and Mxolisi Macuphu assured the home team of victory with a tap-in five minutes from time.

Victory lifted Royal to 20 points, 17 behind Sundowns, who triumphed 2-0 at Richards Bay on Friday in pursuit of a sixth straight league title.

Royal surprised pundits last season when they debuted in the top flight, finishing third and qualifying for the CAF Confederation Cup, the African equivalent of the UEFA Europa League.

But they have been less impressive in their second campaign, with the victory over AmaZulu as the league reached the halfway mark only the second in their eight most recent outings.

In the other match on Sunday, mid-table TS Galaxy managed only one goal attempt on target when held 0-0 at home by lowly Stellenbosch in eastern city Mbombela.

Coached by German Sead Ramovic, 10th-placed Galaxy have a woeful home record, winning just once in seven matches and scoring only three times.

08 January 11:29

Sekhukhune spoil Kaizer Chiefs' 53rd birthday party with narrow win

Sekhukhune United claimed a famous 1-0 win over Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium on Saturday, as Amakhosi's 53rd birthday celebrations failed to ignite them.

<p><strong>Sekhukhune spoil Kaizer Chiefs' 53rd birthday party with narrow win</strong></p><p>Sekhukhune United claimed a famous 1-0 win over Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium on Saturday, as Amakhosi's 53rd birthday celebrations failed to ignite them.<strong></strong></p>
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08 January 11:27

South American duo help CT City to smash-and-grab win over Pirates

Orlando Pirates' winless league run stretched to three games as they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Cape Town City at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening leaving them 18 points behind runaway leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

<p><strong>South American duo help CT City to smash-and-grab win over Pirates</strong></p><p>Orlando Pirates' winless league run stretched to three games as they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Cape Town City at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening leaving them 18 points behind runaway leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.</p>
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08 January 11:26

SuperSport fail to hunt down Premiership leaders Sundowns as Arrows stun Matsatsantsa

SuperSport United suffered a 2-1 defeat to Lamontville Golden Arrows at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

<p><strong>SuperSport fail to hunt down Premiership leaders Sundowns as Arrows stun Matsatsantsa</strong></p><p>SuperSport United suffered a 2-1 defeat to Lamontville Golden Arrows at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday afternoon.<strong></strong></p>
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06 January 21:53

Sundowns move ten clear after Richards Bay victory

Mamelodi Sundowns overcame a tough Richards Bay side 2-0 at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Friday evening.

Goals from Cassius Mailula and Haashim Domingo helped extend their lead at the top of the DStv Premiership to 10 points while Richards Bay remain in third.

<p><strong>Sundowns move ten clear after Richards Bay victory</strong></p><p>Mamelodi Sundowns overcame a tough Richards Bay side 2-0 at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Friday evening.</p><p>Goals from <strong>Cassius Mailula</strong> and <strong>Haashim Domingo </strong>helped&nbsp;extend their lead at the top of the DStv Premiership to 10 points while Richards Bay remain in third.</p>
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03 January 21:30

Zwane ends goal drought as patient PSL leaders Sundowns sail past Swallows

Veteran Themba Zwane ended a 12-match South African Premiership goal drought by scoring to seal a 2-0 win for leaders Mamelodi Sundowns over lowly Swallows on Tuesday.

<p><strong>Zwane ends goal drought as patient PSL leaders Sundowns sail past Swallows</strong></p><p>Veteran Themba Zwane ended a 12-match South African Premiership goal drought by scoring to seal a 2-0 win for leaders Mamelodi Sundowns over lowly Swallows on Tuesday.<strong></strong></p>
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03 January 19:25

Grobler grabs winner as SuperSport maintain title charge after hard-fought win over CT City

SuperSport United kept their DStv Premiership title hopes alive following a hard-fought win over Cape Town City at the DHL Stadium after striker Bradley Grobler's 82nd minute header proved the difference between the two sides.

<p><strong>Grobler grabs winner as SuperSport maintain title charge after hard-fought win over CT City</strong></p><p>SuperSport United kept their DStv Premiership title hopes alive following a hard-fought win over Cape Town City at the DHL Stadium after striker Bradley Grobler's 82nd minute header proved the difference between the two sides.</p>
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31 Dec 2022

Richards Bay regain second spot in South Africa as dream run continues

Richards Bay regained second place in the South African Premiership thanks to a 1-0 win over lowly Swallows in Durban on Saturday.

Left-back Tshepo Mabua scored his first goal of the league campaign for the newcomers by converting an 11th-minute penalty for the surprise packets of the 2022-2023 season.

Victory lifted promoted Bay to 26 points, two more than SuperSport United and Kaizer Chiefs, both multiple winners of the richest league in Africa.

Richards Bay, who were expected to be relegation candidates, trail leaders Mamelodi Sundowns by five points as the 30-round season approaches the halfway point.Despite their lofty position, club owner Jomo Biyela says the main objective is "to stay in the Premiership for next season".

"We have a wonderful environment. The boys train each day, then have lunch together. We do not have players who dash to the car park after practising and drive off."

Biyela believes key factors were retaining the majority of the promotion-winning squad and hiring former AmaZulu assistant Vasili Manousakis to co-coach the team with Pitso Dladla.

"Pitso is a very good young coach but we did not want to throw him into the deep end alone," added the official.

Inadequate facilities at their ground in a harbour town mean they play home matches in Durban, 170 kilometres (105 miles) away.

Soweto outfit Swallows are one point above the relegation zone having won just three of 13 matches and changed coaches twice with German Ernst Middendorp the latest incumbent.

In another Durban match, success-starved Chiefs triumphed 2-0 over hosts Golden Arrows through first-half goals from Burundian Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana and Mozambican Edmilson Dove.

Bimenyimana tops the Premiership goal charts with seven after joining Chiefs this year from Kazakhstan club Kaisar.

Johannesburg-based Chiefs have won a record 54 domestic titles, but none since being crowned league champions in 2015.

- AFP

31 Dec 2022

Kaizer Chiefs return to league action with victory over Golden Arrows

Kaizer Chiefs resumed their league campaign with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Golden Arrows at the Moses Mabhida on Saturday.

First half goals by Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana and Edmilson Dove were enough for Amakhosi to register their seventh win 14 league games this season.

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30 Dec 2022

Sundowns' championship mentality kicks in to beat Pirates in PSL return

Defending DStv Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns claimed a hard-fought 2-0 win over Orlando Pirates as the 2022/23 campaign resumed on Friday following the FIFA World Cup break.

Goals from Mothobi Mvala and Cassius Mailula on either side of halftime ensured the Brazilians (31 points) extended their log lead by eight points from 13 matches, with second-place Richards Bay (23 points) set to play tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the defeat leaves the Buccaneers in fifth place with 19 points after 14 games played. 

In the pouring rain, the match started at a frantic pace, and Sundowns had the first shot on target when Marcelo Allende saw his free-kick saved by Pirates goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane.

A minute later, the Buccaneers went on the attack, and Monnapule Saleng cut in from the left and hit a fierce effort that Ronwen Williams kept out.

Just after the half-hour mark, the Soweto giants should have taken the lead, but Tapelo Xoki saw his header from point-blank range tipped over the cross-bar by Williams.

Masandawana then went 1-0 in front just before the halftime break, and it was from a set piece as Allende curled one into the box, and Mvala powered a header past Mpontshane.

Sundowns doubled their lead in the 63rd minute when they found plenty of space behind the Pirates defence, and Neo Maema struck a shot that Mpontshane could only parry into the path of Mailula, who tapped home.

Rulani Mokwena's charges dominated proceedings in the second half and squandered plenty of glaring opportunities to make the scoreline bigger.

Pirates made a late dash to get back into the contest, with Sandile Mthethwa hitting Williams' post in injury time, but it was too late as Sundowns claimed maximum points.

- TEAMtalk media

30 Dec 2022

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