Absa Premiership weekend round-up

The 2018-19 Absa Premiership season kicked off in style over the weekend with all fixtures producing goals.

Defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs played to a 1-1 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Saturday afternoon with defenders Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Ricardo Nascimento scoring for their respective teams.

Bidvest Wits jumped to the top of the table with a 3-0 win over Free State Stars at Bidvest Stadium.

The Clever boys broke the deadlock captain Thulani Hlatshwayo and Mxolisi Macuphu doubled the lead before Deon Hotto sealed the comfortable win.

It was a winning start for Benni McCarthy’s Cape Town City who beat SuperSport United 2-0 at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday night.

Roland Putsche opened the scoring with a solid volley before substitute Craig Martin secured the win with a close finish.

Black Leopards marked their return to top-flight football with a 1-0 over their Limpopo rivals Polokwane City at the Peter Mokaba Stadium with Karabo Tshepe scoring the only goal of the game.

Orlando Pirates had to come back from a goal down to hold newly-promoted highlands Park to a 1-1 at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

Pirates defender Gladwin Shitolo scored an own goal when goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands failed to deal with his back-pass but the Buccaneers fought back to claim a point through a penalty that was converted by Justin Shonga.

The action was wrapped up on Saturday night when a solitary strike from Siyethemba Sithebe helped AmaZulu FC to collect maximum points with a 1-0 victory over Baroka FC at the King Zwelithini Stadium.

On Sunday afternoon, Maritzburg United defeated Maritzburg United 2-0 to claim the bragging rights in the KZN derby at the Harry Gwala Stadium.

Knox Mutizwa opened the scoring with an acrobatic effort with Lerato Lamola sealing the deal in injury time.

Elsewhere, Bloemfontein Celtic also got their campaign off to a winning start beating Chippa United 2-0 at Dr Molemela Stadium with Tebogo Potsane and Tshegofatso Mabaso finding the back of the net.