Wits take commanding lead, Maritzburg continue to suffer

The weekend’s Absa Premiership action saw Bidvest Wits take a commanding lead at the top of the log, while Maritzburg United slipped closer to oblivion after suffering a seventh successive defeat.

Wits moved five points clear of nearest chasers Orlando Pirates (who now have a game in hand) when they defeated Maritzburg 1-0 in Johannesburg on Friday night. Lehlohonolo Majoro scored the only goal late in the game to extend the woe for the Team of Choice, who have not won in the league since September last year.

Saturday’s only match saw Golden Arrows claim a 2-1 home win over Highlands Park at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium, with goals from Danny Venter and Lerato Lamola. Abafana Bes’thende are now on a four-game unbeaten run, while the Lions of the North have gone five league matches without a victory.

Saturday’s evening game between Free State Stars and Polokwane City was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at the Goble Park Stadium.

Sunday afternoon featured a 3-0 win for Bloemfontein Celtic – courtesy of goals from Ronald Pfumbidzai and Victor Letsoalo (two) – to take them up to fifth place on the log and hand Black Leopards a first loss under coach Dylan Kerr.

There was also a crunch relegation battle between Baroka FC and Chippa United at the Peter Mokaba Stadium which ended 1-1, with Matome Mabeba and an own goal from Bonginkosi Makume accounting for the score line.

Both teams will feel the result does little for their hopes of moving away from the danger zone, though the Chilli Boys do move out of the relegation playoff berth and up to 14th, while Bakgaga remain in 13th.

The Absa Premiership will continue with a full round of fixtures spread over February 6-10.

Absa Premiership results 1-3 February

Friday 1 February

Bidvest Wits 1-0 Maritzburg United

Saturday 2 February

Golden Arrows 2-1 Highlands Park

Free State Stars v Polokwane City - Postponed

Sunday 3 February

Bloemfontein Celtic 3-0 Black Leopards

Baroka FC 1-1 Chippa United