There were thrills and spills in the GladAfrica Championship when highfliers, JDR Stars, surprisingly lost to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila, Real Kings stunned Free State Stars and Ajax Cape Town overpowered TS Sporting
In addition, Cape Umoya United and Steenberg United recorded 1-0 victories over Royal Eagles and Mbombela United respectively.
Thanks to Thembisani Nevhulamba, Phumelele “Ace” Bhengu and Nhlanhla Mgaga, Tshakhuma got their campaign back on track as the Hammer Boys suffering defeat for the first time in nine games.
Kings moved up to fifth spot after demolishing Ea Lla Koto at the Mpumalanga Stadium, where Strydom Wambi, Sifundo Sibiya and Edward Manqele did the damage.
The Urban Warriors maintained third place following a great fight back away from home after Abantu Bemthetho wilted during this five-goal thriller.
MacDonald Makhubedu’s outfit had initially gone 2-0 up via Katlego Mojela and a penalty from Decide Chauke but Ajax had other ideas with Abednigo Mosiatlhaga completing his hat-trick in the nick of time, which also included a spot kick.
The Spirited Ones, reduced to ten men for the last few minutes, outwitted struggling Eagles when Ndiviwe Mdabuka grabbed the winner at Athlone, while Steenberg stunned Mbombela in their own backyard, thanks to Ruzaigh Gamildien’s sixth strike of the season.
The much-anticipated KZN derby between Uthongathi FC and Richards Bay FC ended all square at 0-0 with Johnny Ferreira’s team opening up a three-point lead at the top of the log.
Jomo Cosmos and Swallows FC also played out a goalless draw in a very hot Giyani, which leaves both outfits within two points of each other and near the bottom.