Sundowns, Chiefs, Wits and Stars nab PSL wins

Two goals in as many minutes for Chiefs were enough to seal a 2-0 win over hosts’ Moroka Swallows in their Absa premiership match at Dobsonville Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Lehlohonolo Majoro scored the opener in the 20th minute and then Josta Dladla doubled the advantage a minute later. Both players also scored in the Amakhosi’s first game of the season in a 2-1 victory over Jomo Cosmos.

Despite the comfortable scoreline, Chiefs were wasteful with their opportunities on a night where they could have scored close to half a dozen.

Still, Chiefs will be satisfied with a very strong performance despite lacking clinical finishing.

Coach Vladimir Vermezovic will be pleased with an away win and a dominant performance from his side.

“It was better than our first game [of the season], and I thought we lifted our form already,” said Vermezovic.

“In the first half we could have destroyed them if we had taken our chances.

“I was afraid because when you miss a lot of chances you can end up losing the game but fortunately in the second half we kept the ball well,” he added.

Mphela, Pelembe Downs’ shining stars
Mamelodi Sundowns garnered their first premiership win of the season when they beat a gutsy Jomo Cosmos 2-0 at Sinaba Stadium in Daveyton on Wednesday evening.

Both goals came in the second half with striker Katlego Mphela opening the scoring with his trademark freekick taken on the edge of the box in the 59th minute after a hand ball from Cosmos in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the East Rand venue.

The second goal came in the 88th minute from busy Mozambican winger Elias Pelembe who powered a shot on the edge of the box to seal the three points for the Tshwane outfit who were held to a disappointing goalless draw by AmaZulu at the weekend.

The Brazilians entered the fray a better unit than the one that faced AmaZulu but could have scored more goals.

While Sundowns have four points after two matches, Cosmos are yet to register a point from their two matches having lost 2-1 to Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.

Last gasp win for Stars
Substitute Aleni Lebyane scored in stoppage time to help Free State Stars claim all three points with a narrow 1-0 victory over AmaZulu in Durban on Wednesday.

The visitors dominated for most of the game but looked as if they were going to have to settle for a share of the spoils after a fine rearguard display by home goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini.

However, it was not to be as the striker managed to pinch ahead of two defenders and head in a near-post freekick by Noah Chivuta.

It gave the visitors a first win of the season following their opening draw against SuperSport United, while the Usuthu are still winless after their goalless scoreline with Mamelodi Sundowns in round one.

Myeni gives Wits their edge
Sifiso Myeni struck midway through the second half to hand Bidvest Wits their first victory of the premiership season with a 1-0 win over Santos in Nelspruit on Wednesday night.

There was little for either side to write home about in the first half, with two yellow cards highlighting a dull opening 45 minutes.

Santos midfielder Phikolomzi Kefile was carded in the 28th minute for an unfair challenge on Myeni, and former Santos striker Ryan Chapman was booked in the dying minutes of the opening stanza for showing dissent.

Myeni probably had the best chance of the first half, but his shot in the 37th minute was saved by Santos goalkeeper Lee Langeveldt.

Myeni, however, made sure in the 59th minute after former Bafana Bafana captain Mbulelo OJ Mabizela set up a close range goal to put the hosts ahead.

Substitute Bongi Macala had an opportunity to equalise for Santos with seven minutes left, but he fired his effort wide.

Santos captain Tyren Arendse also fluffed a late chance when his shot, taken in injury time, was kept out by Wits keeper Energy Murambadoro as the visitors settled for their second straight loss. — Sapa


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