Pro Philani looks back at this weekend's local football action as Sundowns Ladies lifted the Hollywoodbets Super League, Chiefs failed to arrive for their Cape Town City fixture and more!
Sundowns Ladies crowned Queens of Mzansi
Sundowns Ladies lifted the Hollywoodbets Super League trophy in an emphatic style after beating Ma-Indies 7-0 in Sturrock Park. Though it was a dead rubber, there was still something to play for as Sundowns striker Andisiwe Mgcoyi was pursuing top scorer award.
Mgcoyi was on 21 goals and second on the charts before the start of the final round, trailing JVW’s Mpumi Nyandeni by 3 goals. Nyandeni netted a hat-trick to stretch her tally to 27 goals. It seemed impossible for Mgcoyi, but the experienced campaigner miraculously how to draw level. Mgcoyi scored 6 of the 7 goals scored by Sundowns to take her tally to be tied on 27 goals. A remarkable achievement by any standards!
Chiefs no-show shock
Kaizer Chiefs failed to honour their league fixture against Cape Town City after 31 members of the club including players and technical team were affected by the new covid variant. The league didn’t communicate any postponement, which then meant City needed to travel from Cape Town to FNB Stadium in Nasrec.
Rules are clear in this instance that the BoG resolved covid is not enough reason for a club to seek a postponement. The precedence has been set before, last season, when Cape Umoya has docked three points for the same reason as Chiefs. It’ll be interesting to see how this develops. It was intriguing to see Cape Town City’s social media team publishing images of all the necessary pre-match checks.
Derby disappointment in KZN
AmaZulu and Royal AM played to a disappointing goalless draw at a soggy Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday. It was the home side that had the best opportunities but they failed to convert. Benni McCarthy’s charges will feel more disappointed as they succumbed to their 9th draw of the season.
Elsewhere, Golden Arrows earned their first win away from home as they defeated Chippa United 2-1 in Gqeberha. Chippa remain winless at home this season and will have to dig deep to recover with coach Gavin Hunt still suspended.
Natal Rich Boyz still top GladAfrica Championship
Richards Bay won 2-1 at home against high flying Tuks, while Uthongathi suffered an unfortunate 1-0 to TTM. TTM’s goal came via a controversial penalty after the keeper was adjudged to have fouled a striker inside the box. Uthongathi dropped to 5th while Richards Bay moved to the summit, two points clear of JDR who lost 1-0 to Free Stars in Bethlehem.
Jomo Cosmos managed to bag their second win of the season beating Black Leopards 2-0 while Cape Town Spurs put more distance between themselves and the drop zone with a 2-1 home win against TS Sporting.