FRIDAY, 12 AUGUST
- Maritzburg United 0-0 Swallows
SATURDAY, 13 AUGUST
- Mamelodi Sundowns 4-0 Kaizer Chiefs - MATCH REPORT
- Stellenbosch 3-1 Royal AM
- Marumo Gallants 1-1 Golden Arrows
- Richards Bay 1-0 Sekhukhune United
- AmaZulu 2-1 Cape Town City
SUNDAY, 14 AUGUST
- Orlando Pirates 0-1 Chippa United
- TS Galaxy 2-0 SuperSport United
14 August 21:28
TS Galaxy 2-0 SuperSport United
TS Galaxy continued their impressive start to the 2022/23 DStv Premiership season with a hard-fought 2-0 win over SuperSport United on Sunday.
Given Msimango opened the scoring on 43 minutes at the Mbombela Stadium before Ebrahim Seedat secured all three points with his strike with 66 minutes played.
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14 August 17:25
Pirates fall to Klate's Chippa to dent early season optimism
New signing Abdi Banda's late winner gave Daine Klate his first win as Chippa United boss courtesy of a 1-0 upset of Orlando Pirates at the Orlando Stadium on Sunday.
It was Pirates' first league defeat of the season after a draw and victory in their opening two matches.
Pirates had their first real chance of the game when a cross from Thembinkosi Lorch with 10 minutes gone located Kwame Peprah, who headed wide. Two minutes later, Peprah's flick from a corner was cleared off the line.
Soon after, a low cross from Thabiso Monyane evaded a sliding Peprah down the middle before landing in the path of Deon Hotto, who was denied by some good defensive work at the far post.
Chippa created a nice opportunity when Siphelele Luthuli played the through ball down the right and Diego Appollis' powerful strike from the angle was saved by Pirates goalkeeper Richard Ofori.
In the 53rd minute, Peprah released Thembinkosi Lorch with the perfect through ball but Lorch shot well wide as a gilt-edged opportunity went begging.
Bienvenu Eva Nga was introduced by Buccaneers head coach Jose Riveiro in place of Peprah on the hour mark. The Sea Robbers continued their search for the opener, with Eva Nga, Hotto and Monyane all getting within a single touch from altering the scoreline.
In the 73rd minute, Lorch had runners outside him and made a brilliant chip in the direction of Monare, who headed wide. Soon after, Lorch found Eva Nga on the edge of the box, but the striker rushed his shot.
Nga missed another good opportunity after more creativity from Lorch before the Buccaneers were punished for their wastefulness when Chippa took the lead with five minutes to go when Janovane September's corner was headed home by new recruit Banda.
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13 August 17:15
12 August 21:57
Maritzburg held at home by Swallows in goalless draw
There was no separating Maritzburg United and Swallows at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday evening as they played out to a 0-0 draw.
Playing at home, The Team of Choice would have been hoping for a first win of the season.
The KwaZulu-Natal outfit could not brush aside Sekhukhune United in their season opener, which ended in a draw.
They followed that result with a disappointing 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Kaizer Chiefs.
Maritzburg find themselves down in 12th place on the DSTV Premiership table, while Swallows are in a healthier position up in seventh after following up their win over Cape Town City in midweek with another point in Pietermaritzburg this evening.
Leletu Skelem had a good chance to put the home side ahead 30 minutes in when he forced a save from goalkeeper Thakasani Mbanjwa from a tight angle, while Swallows very nearly took the lead in the closing minutes of the half after Givemore Khupe was given a free header in the box, though King Ndlovu was up to the task.
Skelem had the best chance of the second half as well after finding himself with time and space to shoot from a cutback into the area, but he skied his effort way over the crossbar to let Swallows off the hook.
Brian Hlongwa could also have scored for Maritzburg with a header from a well-placed free-kick but it wasn't to be for United as they had to settle for a share of the spoils.
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10 August 21:47
Sundowns suffer home defeat against TS Galaxy
TS Galaxy stunned Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Wednesday evening.
It was a cagey start to the affair with both sides sizing each other up. Sundowns began to take control of the match and in the 17th minute Neo Maema took the ball out of his feet well and shot narrowly wide of the target.
The game suddenly opened up on the half-hour mark when shortly after Sundowns' Arthur Zwane long-range effort was palmed away by Melusi Buthelezi, Galaxy went up the other side of the field and took the lead.
The Brazilians were slightly exposed on the counter and Lindokuhle Mbatha teed up Bathusi Aubaas, whose shot should have been a routine save for Ronwen Williams.
The Bafana Bafana captain, however, could only spill it into the path of Lifa Hlongwane, who had a simple tap-in from close range.
Talented Galaxy youngster Aphelele Teto then played a delightful reverse diagonal to release Sibusiso Vilakazi, who almost came back to haunt his former side but was denied by Williams, who had done well to come out and close down the angle.
Sundowns were much better in the second half. First, Haashim Domingo struck powerfully wide from 25 yards out and then Aubrey Modiba went past his marker down the left-hand side before whipping in a pinpoint delivery that Thabiso Kutumela could only head wide when he should have scored.
Maema came to life on the hour mark, linking up well with Zwane and setting up Domingo, who shot low but it was straight at Buthelezi. New signing Abubaker Nasir came on with 25 minutes to go and set up Shalulile, whose acrobatic bicycle kick was crucially blocked.
With ten minutes to go, lovely skill from Sipho Mbule drew a freekick off Mlungisi Mbunjana. Modiba stepped up and although the angle was tight, he came ever so close to equalising.
A plucky Rockets outfit would hold on till the final whistle and claim a massive confidence boost, while Sundowns fall to a shock defeat.
10 August 21:36
Stellies, Pirates share the spoils
A keenly-contested DStv Premiership clash between Stellenbosch and Orlando Pirates at Danie Craven Stadium finished 1-1 on Wednesday night.
The Buccaneers showed some promising signs in the early stages of the clash. Right wing-back Bandile Shandu penetrated the Stellies defence and sent in a low ball across goal for Bienvenu Eva Nga, who couldn't quite get to it in time.
Shortly thereafter, a Pirates free kick from the left wing bounced nicely for Thembinkosi Lorch who drilled his shot wide of the near post.
The momentum then swung in the hosts' favour as they pinned Pirates in their own half. A long ball forward caught Nkosinathi Sibisi off-guard and early sub Antonio van Wyk almost punished him, but his shot hit the side-netting.
A Stellenbosch corner then almost found the back of the net in the 25th minute. Mogamad De Goede headed it goalwards as goalkeeper Richard Ofori made a meal of it with a missed punch, only for Innocent Maela to spare his goalkeeper's blushes with a clearance off the line.
The Cape Winelands team had another great chance in the 38th minute when Van Wyk made space for himself to shoot from just inside the Pirates box, but his composure failed him and he sent the ball over the bar.
Despite enjoying the ascendancy, it was Stellenbosch who conceded the opening goal on the stroke of half-time. A corner kick from the right was met by Sibisi who powered home an unstoppable header at the near post to make it 1-0 to the visitors against the run of play.
Nine minutes into the second half Stellenbosch were on level terms once more. Fawaaz Basadien provided a superb cross from the left wing and Junior Mendieta rose high at the far post before heading home with aplomb.
At the other end of the pitch Pirates came close to restoring their lead as Goodman Mosele unleashed a shot from just outside the box. The ball took a deflection and went narrowly over the bar.
Fouls hampered the flow of play in the latter stages and the two teams had to settle for a point each in the end.
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09 August 23:07
Du Preez, Dolly and teenage prospect secure Kaizer Chiefs' first win
New signing Ashley Du Preez scored on his home debut as Kaizer Chiefs registered their first win of the season following a 3-0 success over Maritzburg United at the Soccer City Stadium.
Keagan Dolly also netted in the first half. At the same time, 18-year-old Mduduzi Shabalala rounded off the scoring in injury time as Amakhosi bounced back from their 1-0 defeat to Royal AM in the first game of the new campaign on Saturday.
The Soweto giants could not have made a better start to the contest when Du Preez gave them the lead after just four minutes. The former Stellenbosch forward profited from the ball bouncing off a Maritzburg defender, found himself with space in the box, and applied a neat finish past goalkeeper King Ndlovu.
Chiefs doubled their lead in the 24th minute when the Team of Choice made a hash of trying to play out from the back, and the ball fell to Dolly, who found the back of an empty net.
Friday Samu came closest to pulling one back for the visitors when his brilliantly executed long-range volley hit the cross-bar just after the half-hour mark.
The Team of Choice looked to come back into the contest in the second half, and Keegan Ritchie forced a good save from Amakhosi shot-stopper Bruce Bvuma in the 57th minute.
However, chiefs were still creating chances at the other end, and Dolly saw a long-range effort denied by Ndlovu.
Shabalala came off the bench and rounded off a good night for Amakhosi when he finished a good team move close to the full-time whistle.
Arthur Zwane's charges now gear up for a big clash against league champions Mamelodi Sundowns away on Saturday.
- TeamTALK media
09 August 23:01
Back-to-back defeats for Cape Town City as Swallows fly high
Swallows FC beat Cape Town City FC 3-2 in an entertaining DStv Premiership encounter at Dobsonville Stadium to get their first points of the league season.
The visitors came from two goals down to draw level before Swallows grabbed the winner in the 90th minute courtesy of a Siboniso Mtshali penalty.
Overall, CT City had more possession and more attempts on goal than the home side.
Swallows grabbed the opening goal in the 15th minute via a Waseem Isaacs header off a Pentjie Zulu cross and eight minutes later doubled their lead.
A pass by Lindokuhle Mtshali found Tshediso Patjie who scored with a shot from outside the box to make send the Swallows bench into celebration.
City pulled a goal back in the 31st minute when Darwin González rounded goalkeeper Thakasani Mbanjwa to score and equalised on the hour mark when Khanyisa Mayo scored.
But Swallows were awarded a penalty in the 90th minute when Marc van Heerden fouled Patjie in the danger area.
Siboniso Mtshali scored from the resulting penalty kick to hand his side their first win of the season.
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09 August 22:55
Richards Bay, Marumo Gallants share points after midweek tussle
Richards Bay and Marumo Gallants drew 0-0 in their DStv Premiership encounter at King Zwelithini Stadium on Tuesday to both remain unbeaten after two games.
The best chance of the match fell to Richards Bay, who almost grabbed the lead late in the first-half from a free-kick outside the box by Mpho Mathebula, but he was denied from scoring by a great save from goalkeeper Washington Arubi.
The match was one of few clearcut chances and Gallants hardly troubled the home side's goal and never really looked like scoring.
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07 August 21:51
SuperSport United draw Chippa
Ronald Pfumbidzai opened the scoring at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium on 17 minutes, but Bradley Grobler ensured a share of the spoils when he netted on 63 minutes.
Chippa were strong from the off, with Pfumbidzai doing well to get on the end of a curling Siphelele Luthuli free-kick to power his header home.
Iqraam Rayners had a couple of good chances to find the net for SuperSport, along with Grobler, who finally hit the target with just under 30 minutes to go.
A draw was ultimately a fair result, while the last piece of action of the match saw Ricardo Goss dismissed for a strong challenge.
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07 August 21:49
Stalemate for AmaZulu and Galaxy
TS Galaxy and AmaZulu both claimed a point as their DStv Premiership opener on Sunday afternoon ended in a goalless draw.
Both sides had strengthened in the off-season and a number of debutants were on display, including new Usuthu striker Gabadinho Mhango and Galaxy midfielder Sibusiso Vilakazi.
AmaZulu's Mhango came close to an opener with an extravagant overhead kick that flew just off target.
George Maluleka, also on debut, was narrowly wide with a superb free-kick, while Lindokuhle Mbatha couldn't direct his effort on target at the end of an ultimately scrappy first half.
Chances after the break, however, were few and far between and neither side really looked like taking all three points.
There was one notable chance for the Rockets, with eight minutes of the match remaining, but Masilake Phohlongo smashed his powerful drive inches wide.
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07 August 07:54
Maritzburg United 1-1 Sekhukhune United
Maritzburg United grabbed a share of the spoils against Sekhukhune United at the Harry Gwala Stadium thanks to a late equaliser from Sam Bongani.
Both Maritzburg and Sekhukhune entered this match with new coaches after cleaning house in the off-season, John Maduka taking charge of the Team of Choice while Babina Noko turned to former SuperSport United coach Kaitano Tembo.
Sekhukhune looked to have the match in the bag after taking the lead in the 15th minute via the boot of former Bucs striker Tshegofatso Mabasa, only to give a penalty with five minutes to play and offer the home side a chance to snatch a draw.
Bonginkosi Makume missed from the penalty spot, but Bongani was able to fire home the rebound and level the scores as the match ended in a stalemate.
06 August 20:10
06 August 17:39
PIRATES OFF TO WINNING START
Orlando Pirates started their DStv Premiership campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Swallows at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.
The hosts made their intentions clear in the early stages of the encounter as they piled the pressure on Swallows.
Bucs skipper Innocent Maela played as the left-sided centre-back in a 3-4-3 which featured Deon Hotto as the left wing-back.
The pair caused all sorts of problems for Swallows as Hotto whipped in a few dangerous crosses from that wing.
Kabelo Dlamini combined with Bienvenu Eva Nga and Thembinkosi Lorch as an attacking trio.
Dlamini created a chance for Eva Nga in the seventh minute as he slid a pass through the Birds defence, but his striker sent the shot over the bar.
The home support only waited another three minutes to witness their team's deserved breakthrough goal.
In the 10th minute Dlamini once again combined with Eva Nga, but on this occasion it resulted in a goal.
Dlamini battled for the ball on the edge of the Swallows box and the loose ball fell fortuitously for Eva Nga who drilled home a simple finish for 1-0.
Pirates dominated the opening half and kept Dylan Kerr's charges on the back foot as they went in search of their second.
The Dube Birds found some forward progress just after the break and threatened the Pirates goal as Tshediso Patjie attempted a shot which went wide of the far post.
At the other end of the pitch Hotto had another great chance when Lorch picked him out with a cross. The Namibian international directed his shot straight at the goalkeeper Thakasani Mbanjwa.
Swallows created a good chance themselves shortly thereafter as Mbulelo Wambi crossed from the right and found Lindokuhle Mtshali who controlled the ball before thumping a shot on goal, but it was saved.
Pirates goalscorer Eva Nga missed a terrific chance after a swift counter-attack put him through on goal. He misqueued his attempt well wide of the target.
Swallows should have been awarded a penalty in the 71st minute when Patjie was clearly fouled in the Bucs box by centre-back Nkosinathi Sibisi, but the referee inexplicably waved play on, to the relief of the home support.
A long throw resulted in a chance for Swallows shortly before the end as Patjie was given space to take a shot, which went straight at Richard Ofori.
In the end Pirates were holding on against Swallows and were able to come away with all three points.
05 August 23:23