Kaizer Chiefs still flatter to deceive; key win for Maritzburg

Kaizer Chiefs continue to flatter to deceive in the DStv Premiership after they were held 1-1 by Soweto derby rivals Swallows FC in one of seven matches played across Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 May.

The Amakhosi remain outside of the top eight after their Wednesday evening draw with Swallows at FNB Stadium – which saw goals from Kagiso Malinga and Leonardo Castro – meaning Chiefs have gone four games without a win, while the Birds have racked up five straight 1-1 results and equalled the record for the most draws (17) in a single PSL season.

The afternoon matches on Wednesday saw a big gain for Maritzburg United, who claimed a thrilling 3-2 home win over KwaZulu-Natal rivals Golden Arrows – thanks to goals from Tebogo Tlolane, Thabiso Kutumela and Bongokuhle Hlongwane – to move three points clear of the relegation playoff berth.

That spot is currently held by Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila, who succumbed at Lucas Moripe Stadium at the hands of SuperSport United. The only goal was netted by Bradley Grobler, as the new Nedbank Cup champions were quickly brought back down to earth.

Level on points with TTM is Chippa United, after they could only manage a 0-0 draw against bottom-of-the-log Black Leopards at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Wednesday also saw Bloemfontein Celtic and Cape Town City draw 0-0 at Dr Molemela Stadium, with the result seeing Phunya Sele Sele creep ever closer to trouble: they are one of five teams covered by just three points from positions 11 to 15.

Tuesday’s key match was AmaZulu losing 1-0 at home to Baroka FC at the King Zwelithini Stadium. The result, secured by a first-half goal from the visitors’ Richard Mbulu, not only saw Usuthu’s unbeaten run snapped at 16 games, but means that log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns can secure an unprecedented fourth successive league title by winning their next Premiership match, which is at home to Tshwane derby rivals SuperSport on 26 May.

Tuesday also saw Stellenbosch slip closer to relegation trouble with a 0-0 draw at home to Orlando Pirates at the Danie Craven Stadium.

The DStv Premiership will continue with one match this weekend, as Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila host Maritzburg United at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on the afternoon of Saturday 15 May.

DStv Premiership midweek results Tuesday 11 May
AmaZulu 0-1 Baroka FC
Stellenbosch FC 0-0 Orlando Pirates

Wednesday 12 May Maritzburg United 3-2 Golden Arrows
Bloemfontein Celtic 0-0 Cape Town City
Chippa United 0-0 Black Leopards
SuperSport United 1-0 Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila
Kaizer Chiefs 1-1 Swallows FC