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Richards Bay Look To Take Control Of GladAfrica

Richards Bay moved back into first place in the GladAfrica Championship after this weekend’s results, going three points clear of their nearest rivals.

Simo Dladla’s team beat Polokwane City 3-0 on Saturday, before their nearest rival, Sekhukhune United, suffered a 1-0 loss at home to Cape Town Spurs on Sunday.

Richards Bay moved onto 38 points, three points ahead of Sekhukhune. City, who were relegated from the top flight last season, are 12th.

JDR Stars joined Sekhukhune on 35 points, moving into third spot after they beat 11th-placed Pretoria Callies 1-0 on Saturday, but fourth-placed TS Sporting suffered a big defeat to Cape United, who beat them 5-0. Roger De Sa’s side moved up to ninth with that win.

Also on Saturday fifth-placed Royal AM could only manage a 1-1 draw away against seventh-placed Free State Stars.

Meanwhile AmaTuks came from two goals down to beat bottom-of-the-table Bizana Pondo Chiefs 3-2 away, and move into sixth position.

On Friday eighth-placed Jomo Cosmos lost 1-0 at home to Cape Town All Stars. The 13th placed Cape Town team appointed former Pretoria Callies coach Sammy Troughton on Saturday.

10th placed Uthongathi lost 2-1 to Steenberg United, who are 14th, as all the Western Cape teams picked up victories on the weekend.

There’s a full round of fixtures on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

On Tuesday Pretoria Callies host Cape United, before Callies turn their focus to Chippa United in the Nedbank Cup. Royal AM host Polokwane City, AmaTuks welcome neighbours JDR Stars, while Richards Bay will be at home to Free Stars.

On Wednesday Steenberg United host Bizana Pondo Chiefs, TS Sporting are at home to Sekhukhune United, Cape Town All Stars will host Uthongathi, while Jomo Cosmos welcome Cape Town Spurs.

Rob Delport
Rob Delport
Rob Delport is a walking football encyclopedia, having been a mainstay in the Cape Town football scene for years. Rob has previously worked for SABC and various websites and publications across Africa, as well as being the South African Head Researcher for Football Manager and doing a similar role occasionally for EA Sports FIFA. Highly respected, Rob is now a senior iDiski Times website and newspaper writer, and is also responsible for the newspaper's editorial.