Matlakala fires Baroka past SuperSport

Stuart Baxter and Kingston Nkhatha (Supplied)
Stuart Baxter and Kingston Nkhatha (Supplied)

Johannesburg - Supersport United were dealt a shock defeat at the hands of Baroka, with a 1-0 loss in their Premiership clash at the Mbombela Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

After a goalless first-half, striker Maboke Matlakala broke the deadlock with a cool finish in the hour mark for the relegation candidates - after some slack defending from Supersport.

Bakgaga went on to see out the game, but remain rooted to the foot of the Premiership standings, while Matsatsansa missed the chance to go top of the table.

The lead up to the fixture was dominated by the news of Supersport United head coach Stuart Baxter, who's been allowed to enter contract negotiations with the South African Football Association - for the vacant Bafana Bafana job.

A win for the home side would've extended their unbeaten run to 20-games, which would have set a new league record. And despite boasting superior possession and the bulk of the chances - the two sides went into the break goalless.

Kingston Nkhatha was guilty of spurning numerous chances with the first in the opening 15 minutes; as he drilled the ball across the face of goal after Jeremey Brockie set him up in the 18-yard area.

Supersport goalkeeper Rieyaad Pieterse pulled off a brilliant save to deny Mxolisi Kunene before the half-time whistle, with one of the rare chances for the visitors.

Five minutes into the second-half, Oscarine Masuluke pulled of an incredible reflex save to deny Nkhatha's low shot from close range, which proved invaluable as Maboke Matlakala broke the deadlock shortly after.

It was some nervy defending from Baxter's charges that was duly punished by the Premiership strugglers, as Maboke Matlakala showed some real composure to slot the ball beyond Pieterse.

Masuluke was at hand with a couple of crucial saves in the last few minutes of the encounter as Kgoloko Thobejane secured their first win in 15 games.

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