Stellies extend unbeaten run, Chiefs draw, Pirates suffer defeat

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  • Post published:March 31, 2024

Stellenbosch FC extended their unbeaten run following their 3-0 defeat to Royal AM while Kaizer Chiefs held Cape Town City and Orlando Pirates suffered a 2-1 defeat to Sekhukhune United in the DStv Premiership.

After an own goal by Siphesihle Msomi, goals by Devin Titus and Iqraam Rayners helped the team from the Western Cape rugby union heartland reach 35 points from 20 games.

They lead Sekhukhune United, Orlando Pirates, and SuperSport United by two points in the competition for the second CAF Champions League qualifying spot for 2025.

Leading team Mamelodi Sundowns has played at least two less games than their competitors and leads the league by 11 points. They did not play because they had an African date in Tanzania.

The Pretoria team can win the Premiership title for a record seventh consecutive year and secure a spot in the Champions League for a record tenth time in a row unless they have a catastrophic collapse.

The last side to beat Stellenbosch in the league was Sundowns, who did it in October of last year. Since then, the Cape team has won 12 games and drawn six in the Premiership, League Cup, and FA Cup.

Sekhukhune set a club record with five consecutive Premiership victories, winning 2-1 in Polokwane despite a late attack from Pirates.

Sekhukhune’s Vusumzi Mncube and former Pirate Linda Mntambo scored goals each side of halftime, while new recruit Tshegofatso Mabasa cut down on arrears and set up a thrilling conclusion.

After winning a record 53 domestic trophies, Kaizer Chiefs haven’t won a trophy since 2015. This season, they drew 0-0 away to Cape Town City and finished eighth.

Chiefs are still the most well-liked team in South Africa, pulling sell-out crowds of 22,500 to the Athlone Stadium despite their protracted trophy drought.

Golden Arrows of Durban lost 11 games in a row in all competitions prior to appointing former national team captain Steve Komphela as coach.

Following his arrival, he has kept a spotless 100 percent record. Olwethu Ncube’s strike in the 75th minute gave his team a 2-1 victory over the relegation-threatened Richards Bay at home.

If the current occupants, the Cape Town Spurs, win their home game against the winless Moroka Swallows on Sunday and collect all possible points, Bay would fall to last place.

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