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South Africa: Ajax battering takes title race to final day

Posted in African Football by peterbein on May 7, 2011

PSL TrophyAjax Cape Town began the day knowing that a win against Kaizer Chiefs would stand them in good stead in terms of the title race in South Africa’s Premier Soccer League. Instead they would be ruing a 4-0 battering at the hands of one of the country’s biggest clubs who kept alive their own title chances in the process.

The game was over as a contest by half-time as goals from Renielwe Letsholonyane, Knowledge Musona and Simphiwe Tschabalala gave Kaizer Chiefs a 3-0 lead at the break. Ajax Cape Town didn’t have the fight to come back in the second half and allowed their hosts a fourth goal when Tschabalala, who featured prominently for the Bafana Bafana in last year’s FIFA World Cup, scored his second goal of the game midway through the second half.

This slip gave second place Orlando Pirates a great opportunity to level with Ajax Cape Town on points but they would be left to wonder what might have been at the end of the game. Ajax’s local neighbours Santos FC Cape Town had the lead at half time after Erwin Isaacs’ 7th minute goal proved the difference between the sides at the break. For Orlando it looked like the chance to narrow the gap at the top had passed but Bongani Ndulula pounced in stoppage time to give the Pirates a deserved point.

With just one game to go in the Premier Soccer League, Ajax Cape Town (played 29, points 59) lead Orlando Pirates by two points who, in turn, are a further point ahead of Kaizer Chiefs. The final matchday of the season will see Ajax have a home tie against 12th place Maritzburg United whilst Orlando will face off against 10th place Lamontville Golden Arrows. The Kaizer Chiefs, meanwhile, will end their season with an away fixture at 13th place AmaZulu Durban.

South Africa: SuperSport United win third straight title

Posted in African Football by peterbein on February 24, 2010
Supersport United

Supersport United have won the South African ABSA Premiership for a third consecutive season

SuperSport United have claimed their third straight South African Premiership title in the least spectacular fashion after they were defeated 2-1 at home by Bidvest Wits University on Matchday 29. However their four point lead over Mamelodi Sundowns was preserved after their nearest challengers also suffered defeat at the hands of bottom club Jomo Cosmos from Johannesburg by two goals to nil. With only one match left to play in the championship there is no way that the Sundowns can claim the title so SuperSport will have been popping open the champagne bottles despite losing to the third bottom club in the league.

Bidvest Wits went into the game as expected whipping boys but shocked the home crowd on 27 minutes when Mark Haskins gave the visitors a shock lead. Having picked the ball up in midfield Haskins let fly from distance and this certainly gave the away side confidence. However Brian Umony equalised just six minutes later after he headed home a cross from the left-hand side and at the break the score was tied with the crowd expecting a second half onslught after United had dominated most of the possession in the first half. But Wits had other ideas and were to settle the fate of the match midway through the second half. On 68 minutes Calvin Kadi was able to tap in a cross from a couple of yards out and had stolen another goal for Wits against the run of play. Despite SuperSport piling on the pressure for the rest of the game a second equalizer never came and it was the Students who celebrated a 2-1 win to move them up to 12th in the table.

Therefore the opportunity was there for Mamelodi Sundowns to capitalize on their rivals’ mistakes but they suffered an early setback of their own away at bottom team Cosmos. Paballo Mngomezulu opened the scoring after just five minutes for the relegation threatened home side. With just one minute of normal time to go in the second half Siza Dlamini tucked away a penalty kick to give the Cosmos the three points which not only slightly revived their chances of avoiding the automatic drop (one team can also go down via a play-off route) but also denied the Sundowns their title dream.

In other South Africa games Kaizer Chiefs won 2-0 at home to Mpumalanga Black Aces to confirm third place in the table with the losing team second bottom in the table and looking over their shoulder as they hope to avoid automatic relegation. Santos FC Cape Town lost at home to AmaZulu Durban by a solitary goal which means that Orlando Pirates, who are one point behind Santos in fifth, still have a chance of overtaking them in the table.