Pro Philani looks back at the weekend’s football action which saw Mamelodi Sundowns make history in the DTSV Premiership by recording a 12th straight league victory.
Chiefs’ woes continue
Kaizer Chiefs suffered their third successive defeat at the hands of bitter rivals Mamelodi Sundowns at the FNB Stadium in Soweto on Saturday evening.
The only goal of the match came through Neo Maema in the 20th minute after good build-up play on the right flank.
Authur Zwane’s men had a terrible first half and were outplayed by Sundowns in every department. Chiefs responded by making substitution at half time removing Samkelo Zwane for Siyethemba Sithebe.
Sithebe gave Chiefs balance, and allowed them to move the ball around. Chiefs best chances fell on the path of Keegan Dolly, who failed to control the ball under his feet in all situations.
The Chiefs attack of Du Preez & Duba gave Sundowns problems at the latter stages of the match but the experience of the champions saw them through.
Stellenbosch school by the Buccaneers
Orlando Pirates have resurrected their chances of CAF spots following a 4-1 win against struggling Stellenbosch FC in Orlando, Soweto.
Since the arrival of finishing coach, the Buccaneers have since scored 7 goals in two games and have now managed to score in the 2nd half after struggling to find the net in the first 16 games of the season.
Thabang Monare, Kermit Erasmus, Innocent Maela and Phillip Ndlondlo scored for Bucs to allow the Sea Robbers to celebrate once again on the stands.
Maritzburg United defeated Golden Arrows 1-0 at the Princess Magogo Stadium, KwaMashu. Jose Ali Meza made his return to the PSL after a long-term injury side-lined him.
Maritzburg United were the first to snatch him and were duly rewarded by the South American.
Arrows will feel hard done by this result after controlling the match and missing many chances having been denied by the Maritzburg United goalkeeper.
AmaZulu drew 1-all against struggling Marumo Gallants at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Sede Junior Dion scored for Usuthu against his former employers, but his goal was enough to earn a draw.
Usuthu remain on the bottom half of the log.
Richards Bay played to a 1-all draw against SuperSport United in Pretoria in a match termed “battle for second spot.” Sanele Barns opened the scoring for the Rich Boyz but Thamsanqa Gabuza had a last say as he forced an equalizer to salvage a point for Mantsantsantsa.
The PSL announced on Saturday morning the passing of match official and FIFA Assistant referee, Moeketsi ‘Max’ Molelekoa, who lost his life in motor vehicle accident in the early hours of the day.
Molelekoa was one of the brightest match officials in the PSL and has officiated in big games such as cup finals and category A fixtures in the league.
Molelekoa was also officiating international games and was respected by both locals and internationals for his great work.
May his precious soul rest in peace.
Sad news for South African football— Halakasha.com (@HalakashaCom) January 21, 2023
Match official referee Moeketsi Max Molelekoa has sadly passed away.
Halakasha expresses it's deepest condolences to the South African football fraternity, the family and friends of Mr Molelekoa
May the soul of Mr Molelekoa rest in peace 🕊️ pic.twitter.com/nr4LKxPDyW