More headaches for Chiefs, Swallows remain undefeated

Kaizer Chiefs’ lean run continued as they were held 1-1 by SuperSport United on Saturday in one of five DStv Premiership matches played this weekend, while Swallows FC remain undefeated thanks to a 1-1 draw at Cape Town City on Sunday.

The Amakhosi appeared to be on course for a return to winning form thanks to Reeve Frosler’s first-half strike, but a penalty midway through the second stanza from Bradley Grobler ensured the spoils were shared.

The result extended Chiefs’ winless run in the league to five matches, while second-placed Matsatsantsa’s dropped points serves as good news for log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, who now enjoy a four-point lead and have a game in hand over their nearest chasers.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Chippa United hosted a league match for the first time November last year (as the Eastern Cape was a Covid-19 hotspot) and were held 1-1 by TS Galaxy.

The Chilli Boys opened the scoring via an Andile Mbenyane penalty, but the Rockets hit back through a spot kick of their own, converted by Lindokuhle Mbatha.

Saturday also saw a Limpopo derby at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, where Baroka FC claimed the bragging rights as they defeated Black Leopards 2-1.

An own goal from Kenneth Nthetheni and a maiden top-flight strike from Joslin Kamatuka saw Bakgaga break a four-game winless streak and move to eighth place on the log, while Lidoda Duvha suffered a fifth straight loss and remain rooted to the bottom of the standings.

At the Cape Town Stadium on Sunday, 10-man Swallows FC played to a fifth successive draw – and extended their unbeaten streak to 16 matches – by holding Cape Town City 1-1. The Birds broke the deadlock through Kgaogelo Sekgota, but were pegged back by a debatable penalty which was nonchalantly converted by Mduduzi Mdantsane.

The Soweto side were reduced to 10 men midway through the second half when defender Junaid Sait was harshly shown a red card by referee Victor Gomes, but they defied the poor officiating to come away with a point which leaves them in third place (six points off the pace of leaders Sundowns) and City in seventh.

On the same afternoon at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila registered back-to-back wins for the first time in the DStv Premiership after defeating Stellenbosch FC 1-0.

Vhadau Vha Damani secured a second successive three-point haul thanks to a first-half goal from Thembisani Nevhulamba, with the result putting them six points clear of the relegation zone in 14th. The Maroons, meanwhile, are level with TTM in 13th but have now gone seven league games without a win.

The DStv Premiership will continue with three midweek catch-up fixtures on Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 February, headlined by a clash between SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates.

DStv Premiership weekend results

Saturday 20 February

Kaizer Chiefs 1-1 SuperSport United

Chippa United 1-1 TS Galaxy

Baroka FC 2-1 Black Leopards

Sunday 21 February

Tshakhuma TM 1-0 Stellenbosch FC

Cape Town City 1-1 Swallows FC