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Saturday’s DSTV Premiership Results

Four DSTV Premiership matches were played on Saturday and all four ended in draws, as Mamelodi Sundowns remained top of the table.

In form players like Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Amigo Memela (Amazulu) and Mdu Mdantsane (Cape Town City) were all scorers again, while Vincent Pule scored a brace for Orlando Pirates.

Golden Arrows 1-1 Swallows

Zephania Mbokoma gave Swallows the lead in the 20th minute when he took advantage of a defensive error.

Arrows were level ten minutes later as Nduduzo Sibiya scored with a curling free kick.

Unfortunately neither side could find the winner, though they do both keep their unbeaten records.

Cape Town City 2-2 Orlando Pirates

Mdu Mdantsane put City ahead in the 7th minute, his fourth goal of the season, with a well placed left-footed shot.

Vincent Pule levelled matters in the 17th minute when he tapped in, after Peter Leeuwenburgh had initially saved Deon Hotto’s attempt.

Leeuwenburgh had to pull off a string of good saves following the goal to deny Pirates the lead.

But just when it looked like Pirates were dominating, their former player Abbubaker Mobara made it 2-1 to City with an outstanding long range goal.

Pirates substitute Terrence Dzvukumanja hit the crossbar five minutes into the second half, but the Buccaneers were level in the 66th minute when Pule finished off an excellent counter attack move.

There were more opportunities at both ends, with the best chances falling to Pirates, but at full time it ended 2-2. Pirates remain unbeaten, however with 4 draws and 2 wins, they will be looking to improve on their win ratio going forward.

Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila 1-1 AmaZulu

In-form Amigo Memela gave Usuthu the lead in the 33rd minute, scoring his fourth of the season.

It was a tough old battle at a very wet Thohoyandou Stadium, with parts of the field almost underwater.

Siphelele Mthembu should have given Amazulu a further lead in the 53rd minute, but after doing the hard work and rounding the keeper, his shot at an open goal hit the post.

And TTM made Amazulu pay, as moments later Rhulani Manzini sent in a thunderbolt to beat debutant Veli Mothwa in the goal, and find the equaliser.

Mothwa pulled off a great save to deny TTM in the last action of the game.

Points shared and no position changes for 9th placed Tshakhuma and 10th placed Amazulu.

Maritzburg United 1-1 Mamelodi Sundowns

It didn’t look like a battle between bottom and top, as Maritzburg, under new coach Ernst Middendorp, looked to match Sundowns in every department for the opening quarter.

Peter Shalulile though should have given Sundowns the lead in the 19th minute, after Themba Zwane drew the goalkeeper and set him up, but Nazeer Allie was on hand to block the Namibian’s shot off the line.

And just after the half hour mark, last season’s player of the year Zwane scored his sixth goal in the league this season, with Lebogang Maboe the provider.

Early in the second half Shalulile missed a sitter, as he blasted over with an empty net in front of him.

On the hour mark Maritzburg found the equaliser as former Sundowns player Kwanda Mngonyama headed in from a corner.

With ten minutes to go Victor Gomes showed Manqoba Mngqithi a red card, and the Sundowns coach was sent to the stands.

With Rulani Mokwena, not on the bench tonight, it left Steve Komphela in charge to finish the game.

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