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Sunday, October 1, 2023

PSL Wednesday Wrap: Sundowns-AmaZulu ends scoreless, Golden Arrows triumph over SuperSport United

Wednesday had plenty of action from the DStv Premiership and the slate of games started out with a top of the table clash. Fresh off a stunning Nedbank Cup upset over the weekend, Mamelodi Sundowns returned to league action with a 0-0 draw against upstarts AmaZulu. Benni McCarthy’s squad did well to frustrate a prolific Sundowns attack that maintained a substantial edge in possession. It was a heated game with AmaZulu being accused of negative tactics and heavy fouling, prompting a fiery response from Sundowns as the match went on.

Kaizer Chiefs’ attempts to revive their domestic season continue to run into cul-de-sacs, and a 1-2 home loss to Cape Town City will not ease the pressure from an expectant fanbase. A 22nd minute Tashreeq Morris finish slipped underneath Chiefs goalkeeper Itumelang Khune, and Bradley Ralani increased the lead to two goals shortly after the halftime break thanks to a wild deflection that sent Khune the wrong way. Chiefs were reduced to comeback mode once again and the only response they could come up with was a Kearyn Baccus consolation in the 67th minute.

SuperSport United were at one point harboring title ambitions, but in a manner to last season their challenge has completely fallen by the wayside due to poor form in the second-half of the season. Matsatsantsa a Pitori haven’t won since February and their woes were furthered by a 0-1 home defeat to stubborn Golden Arrows. Knox Mutizwa set up Nduduzo Sibiya to curl in a 22nd minute goal that was described by Independent Online’s Eshlin Vedan as a “peach of a goal”.

In the other match on the day last-placed Black Leopards played Stellenbosch to a 0-0 draw at home. Leopards are now five points out of safety following the result with hope dwindling.

Highlights from three of the four games are below. Sport24 has a general wrap of the day’s action while Independent Online has more detail on the day’s later game between SuperSport United and Golden Arrows.

Sport24’s recap of the day’s action

AmaZulu 0-0 Mamelodi Sundowns

SuperSport United 0-1 Golden Arrows

Kaizer Chiefs 1-2 Cape Town City