In the GladAfrica Championship, JDR Stars and Royal AM pipped Uthongathi FC and Cape United 1-0 respectively, TS Sporting overpowered Cape Town Spurs 2-0, while Free State Stars piled more misery upon Jomo Cosmos at Olen Park following a 2-1 success.
In addition, Sekhukhune United could only manage a 1-1 draw against University of Pretoria but Richards Bay FC whipped Bizana Pondo Chiefs 4-1 to go level with Babina Noko at the top of the log.
Thanks to Siphelo Baloni, the Hammer Boys bounced back from a poor run to outwit the Cane Cutters and move to within a mere point of the summit. The Spirited Ones were undone early in the second half via Samuel Manganyi’s accurate spot kick at Chatsworth Stadium, where despite their best efforts, Roger de Sa’s charges weren’t able to recover.
Abantu Bemthetho condemned the Urban Warriors to a fifth defeat after veteran, Angi Lebahi and Kamohelo Sithole, each grabbed a goal, leaving Ian Taylor’s side in the relegation zone.
Ea Lla Koto’s Monnapule Saleng netted his fifth successive finish, another penalty, which coupled with Rankoko Tau’s opener, enabled the former PSL bigwigs to get the better of their ex-top flight counterparts, Ezenkosi.
Babina Noko were surprised by the determination of lowly AmaTuks, who equalised through Samuel Julies’ brilliant free kick after Siyabulela Shai’s early shot had given his big-spending side the lead.
Despite their vast experience at the highest level, Polokwane City are not coming to terms with the stresses and strains of our second-tier nor for that matter are Steenberg, who had Zane Ryklief, as head coach in place of the sacked Nasief Morris when the two teams drew 1-1.
Although Cape Town All Stars showed Dylan Deane the door after four consecutive defeats, interim coach, Sinethemba Badela, didn’t have much luck either during their 2-1 loss to Pretoria Callies.
Igugu Lekapa went ahead through Waseem Isaacs before two quick responses from Khomotso Marebane and Pogiso Mahlangu helped Sammy Troughton’s side into the top five.