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Richards Bay Remain Top But Challengers Closing In

Despite suffering a defeat in the mid-week games, Richards Bay remained top of the GladAfrica Championship, but a whole host of teams are now in striking distance of the log leaders.

This GladAfrica Season continues to be a tightly contested affair, with just eight points separating the top ten teams.

Despite losing 2-1 at home to Free State Stars on Tuesday, Richards Bay remain top. Ea Lla Koto on the other hand are now only five points behind them, in sixth spot.

Second-placed Sekhukhune United could have gone top with, but they were held to a 1-1 draw away against fifth-placed TS Sporting on Wednesday.

JDR Stars remain third after Wednesday’s 1-1 draw away to Tshwane neighbours AmaTuks, who are now seventh.

Royal AM moved up to fourth place after beating Polokwane City 2-1. Rise and Shine are now twelfth.

Cape United picked up another win and climbed up to eighth spot, as they picked up a good 2-0 win on the road against eleventh-placed Pretoria Callies.

Uthongathi’s 3-2 victory in the Mother City over Cape Town All Stars on Wednesday, sees them climb up to ninth. All Stars are thirteenth.

Also on Wednesday tenth-placed Jomo Cosmos hosted fifteenth-placed Cape Town Spurs, as they played to a goalless draw, while finally the match between fourteenth-placed Steenberg United and Bizana Pondo Chiefs, who are bottom, ended 1-1.

While the DStv Premiership may be take a backseat to the Nedbank Cup this weekend, there are seven GladAfrica games scheduled.

On Friday Roger De Sa’s Cape United host Royal AM, with newly appointed Sazi Ngubane in charge of the KZN team for his second game.

There are four games on Saturday – A bottom-of-the-table clash between Cape Town Spurs and Bizana Pondo Chiefs; a KZN derby between Uthongathi and leaders Richards Bay; A battle of the Stars as Free State Stars host JDR Stars; and a potential ‘six pointer’ between TS Sporting and AmaTuks.

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Two more games take place on Sunday – Polokwane City host Cape Town All Stars, while Sekhukhune United welcome Jomo Cosmos.

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.