Stellenbosch and SuperSport United drew 1-1 at the DC Stadium in today’s lone DStv Premiership fixture.
SuperSport move up one place into third position, above Orlando Pirates on goal difference, with Pirates set to play Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday.
Stellenbosch remain 9th, but close the gap on 8th-placed Cape Town City, who are now three points ahead.
Stellenbosch 1-1 SuperSport United
It was a decent start by the home team, who showed good early intent, but while they had five shots at goal in the opening twenty minutes, only one was on target, and Ashley Du Preez didn’t give Ronwen Williams any trouble in the 17th minute.
In the 22nd minute SuperSport had a chance but Sipho Mbule’s deflected effort was saved by Sage Stephens.
SuperSport should have taken the lead in the 41st minute, with Stellenbosch unable to clear a loose ball in the box, but substitute Evans Rusike’s effort from close range was stopped by Stephens. Rusike had made an early entrance following the early injury of Guily Manziba.
And if could have been the home team up just before the break, as Junior Mendieta shot just over, after a good counter attack from Stanley Dimgba.
At halftime it remained 0-0.
Iqraam Rayners had a glorious effort early in the second half against his former team, but Rafiq De Goede robbed him of the ball as he was trying to shoot.
Dimgba put Stellenbosch into the lead in the 58th minute, finishing off picking up the ball from Du Preez, who initially drew Williams out of his goal.
The Nigerian striker had another chance five minutes later, but this time Dimgba shot went just wide.
SuperSport levelled matters in the 81st minute as Kudakwashe Mahachi tapped in Rusike’s attempt, as the visitors finally managed to unlock the Stellenbosch defence.