Premier Soccer League Race Still Wide Open

Picture: The Pundits

By Isaac Ndou

JOHANNESBURG: After another round of this season’s Absa Premiership, the league race is still intact as both Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates got maximum points to continue their pursuit of the league title.

Goals from Themba Zwane and Sibusiso Vilakazi ensured the Brazilians stay at the top as they beat defending champions Bidvest Wits at the Loftus Versveld stadium on Saturday night. The Brazilians recorded their fourth consecutive victory in their quest to clinch the title.

Later on Sunday afternoon, the chasing, Pirates defeated AmaZulu 2-1 at the King Zwelithini Stadium, with goals coming from Musa Nyatama and Thabo Qalinge to close the gap to the top by three points although they’ve played a game more than the leaders Sundowns.

The Brazilians have played 26 games and have four league games remaining to conclude their season. Their remaining four fixtures are Golden Arrows (Home), Maritzburg United (Away), Ajax Cape Town (Home) and lastly Bloemfontein Celtic (Away).

The Buccaneers will have to make the most of their last three games to ensure they register victories if they have real hopes of ending the season as champions. Their remaining fixtures are Bidvest Wits (Home), Cape Town City (Away) and Free State Stars (Home).

The team next in action is Sundowns who will welcome Arrows at home on Tuesday night. Arrows were not in action this past weekend and will go into the game being the team with the fresher legs.