All Stars Open Three-Point Lead As Baroka Lose
Mid-week action in the National First Division saw log leaders Cape Town All Stars overpower FC Cape Town 2-1, while Baroka FC lost their unbeaten record to Witbank Spurs and Mbombela United come a cropper against lowly African Warriors.
Furthermore, Highlands Park and Royal Eagles are now in the top five following 1-0 and 3-1 victories over Black Leopards and Vasco da Gama respectively.
Two late strikes from Siyani Maluleke and Paseka Mako gave Igugu Lekapa a three-point cushion over Spurs, but this result has left the African Beasts just a point off the drop zone with pressure mounting on head coach, Craig Rosslee.
Siyavutha, thanks to Thabang Klaas’s brace coupled with a neat Patrick Mubayiwa effort, overpowered Bakgaga 3-1 in Witbank for their sixth win in nine games but other early pacemakers, Tingwenyama, suffered a 1-0 defeat to Warriors.
In fact, this spirited display under new mentor, Klaas Khanye, has given his side a new lease on life following David Radebe’s winner.
The Lions of the North illustrated great form in Thohoyandou, which used to be Lidoda Duvha’s fortress but David Thidiela’s outfit failed yet again when Richard Matloga found the back of the net.
The loud singing and shouting from Highland’s dressing room was evidence of their happiness, while Eagles were in a similar mood after Siphesihle Zwane, Philani Cele and Katlego Mphela had punished Vasco.
Milano United were also joyful following a 2-0 win over AmaZulu with goals from Brandon Theron and Ebrahim Seedat but last-placed Mthatha Bucks remains without a win.
Although the Bucks’ faithful came out in numbers, they were disappointed with a 1-1 draw at the hands of Thanda Royal Zulu but relieved when Sibongiseni Madikane levelled matters through his penalty kick.
Swallows dropped into the relegation zone without playing their home game with Santos which was cancelled following the non-arrival of security staff. Both sides have just seven points but the PSL will decide the outcome in due course.