While most of the top eight GladAfrica Championship clubs dropped vital points, including Uthongathi FC and Steenberg United, who could only manage 1-1 home draws against University of Pretoria and Richards Bay FC respectively, Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila took full advantage by securing a good 2-0 away win over lowly Cape Umoya United.
In addition, Swallows FC put another nail into Royal Eagles’ coffin, while Ajax Cape Town pipped Jomo Cosmos 1-0.
Once again, the Cane Cutters disappointed their loyal fans after conceding a 94th minute equaliser, just when it looked like Johnny Ferreira’s side had all three points in the bag.
Earlier, Sizwe Ngcobo’s penalty gave the KZN outfit the lead however, AmaTuks fought back to level matters via the ever-green veteran, Collins Mbesuma.
In Cape Town, Steenberg were first off the mark slamming home their season’s thirtieth goal before the Natal Rich Boyz managed a share of the spoils, thanks to Siyabonga Vilane.
Tshakhuma’s tenth victory, which helped them move up to fourth position, was secured with goals from Wonderboy Makhubu and Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo.
This result leaves the Spirited Ones, who’ve only won seven out of twenty-two matches, a mere four points from the drop zone, following Mbombela United’s exciting 2-1 success over sixth-placed JDR Stars.
After a goalless first half, the Hammer Boys opened the scoring through Sello Letooane but having already been reduced to ten men, Nditsheni Nemasisi’s outfit eventually slipped up following hard work from Kingston Nkhatha.
The 34-year-old had a hand in Neo Marks’ equaliser then blasted home a fiery shot that gave Tingwenyama a huge boost for the remaining eight games.
The Birds cruised to a 3-1 win over last-placed Eagles at the Harry Gwala Stadium with goals from Lebohang Mokoena, Kagiso Malinga and Phumelele “Ace” Bhengu.
Free State Stars and Real Kings also produced a 1-1 draw at Goble Park, where another veteran, Lesvin Stoffels, who helped Kings qualify for Nedbank quarter-finals, found the back of the net again.
TS Galaxy beat TS Sporting 1-0 in the much-anticipated Mpumalanga derby after Sefako Matlala’s very late winner.