South Africa: Shock defeat for champions to open the new season
The new South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) championship kicked off this weekend with champions SuperSport United hoping that they can make it four-in-a-row this season. They were to suffer a shock defeat on the opening day, however, with Bidvest Wits University (BWU) scoring a famous 3-0 victory at home to the champions. Having already seen Brent Carelse sent off in the first half SuperSport United were to concede three goals in the last 25 minutes of the game.
BWU took the lead after 65 minutes after a well worked free-kick was fired home by Brad Phillips but it wasn’t until the dying moments of the game that the game was sealed for Bidvest. Thando Mngomeni scored the penalty spot with three minutes to go after Sifiso Vilakazi was brought down in the box by Ricardo Katza. Ryan Chapman made absolutely sure of the three points with his strike three minutes into stoppage time to give Bidvest Wits a dream start to the 2010-11 campaign and will hope to finish better than last season’s tenth place in the final standings.
The two big names of South African football, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, both got their campaigns off to a winning start. The Chiefs had an easy 2-0 home win over the Golden Arrows with Valery Nahayo and FIFA World Cup hero Siphiwe Tshabalala getting on the score sheet in the second half. The Pirates, meanwhile, had to come from behind to grind out three points against Vasco Da Gama with Lucky Lekgwathi and Isaac Chansa sparing the Pirates’ blushes after Sibusiso Zuma had given Vasco the lead. Mamelodi Sundowns, who lost the title by a single point last season, were grateful to Sibusiso Zuma who scored a brace in the final fifteen minutes of the match to secure a 2-0 win at home to Moroka Swallows.
Ajax Cape Town got their new campaign under way with a 2-0 win over Bloemfontein Celtic. Brent Evans’ 91st minute penalty secured the victory after Ajax had led through Thulani Serero’s 34th minute strike. There were also winning starts for Platinum Stars and AmaZulu both of whom secured 3-2 wins against Mpumalanga Black Aces and Maritzburg United respectively. In the weekend’s final game Free State Stars and Santos were unable to break the deadlock and both had to be satisfied with a point each following a goalless stalemate.