The start of the DStv Diski Challenge this past weekend saw a lot of Derby matches while Cape Town Spurs won their first-ever match.

Stellenbosch v Chippa United and Moroka Swallows against TS Galaxy FC were the only two matches that were not Derby matches. Only three games took place on Saturday with two games at Solomon Mahlangu Stadium.

DDC SEASON START WITH A DRAW

The first game of the day was in Idas Valley Sports Ground between Stellenbosch FC and Chippa United FC where we saw Stellies winning by two goals to nil. The Tshwane Derby ended by 1-1 with both sides failing to secure the maximum points. Mabena who is also playing in the first team for Bafana Ba Style scored the only goal for the team and Mazibuko equalised in the 88th minute for Matsatsansta.

The last game was between TS Galaxy FC against Moroka Swallows FC and the game ended 1-1. On Sunday there were five games, all derbies. Two first-team players of Kaizer Chiefs, Wandile Duba and Mduduzi Shabalala were playing for Amakhosi against Orlando Pirates. The game ended 1-1.

In Cape Town, Cape Town Spurs made their debut in the DStv Diski Challenge playing against their neighbours, Cape Town City and the Urban Warriors won 2-0. At Princess Magogo Stadium,  former Kaizer Chiefs FC midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane started his DStv Diski Challenge as a head coach with a draw against Lamontville Golden Arrows. Majola scored the only goal for Usuthu while Malinga equalised for Abafana Besthende.

Sekhukhune United won 2-0 against Polokwane City while Royal AM defeated Richards Ba 2-1.

DSTV DISKI CHALLENGE NEXT WEEKEND MATCHES:

Saturday, 16 September 2023
TS Galaxy v Cape Town Spurs
Golden Arrows v Mamelodi Sundowns Richards Bay v Orlando Pirates

Sunday, 17 September 2023
Cape Town City v Stellenbosch FC Polokwane City v Chippa United
AmaZulu FC v Kaizer Chiefs
SuperSport United v Sekhukhune United
Royal AM v Moroka Swallows

By Banele Hlakanyana 

Despite having enough experienced players in their squad Cape Town Spurs is having the toughest run currently in the DStv Premiership campaign.

Spurs have lost five consecutive matches so far and they haven’t played with the big three since they got promoted.

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A day after the Urban Warriors partnered with Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages the club released a statement on their social media platforms insisting that the management have full support of Shaun Bartlett although the results have been disappointing.

“We ask that people respect that Shaun has a contract with the club and refrain from making unfounded statements in the media to gain cheap publicity for their own personal benefit,” read the club statement.

Cape Town Spurs have progressed to top-flight football through winning playoffs matches. But Shaun Bartlett’s team gave away the opportunity to be promoted as the winners of the Motsepe Championship league last season after playing a draw against University of Pretoria.

CLAYTON DANIELS IDENTIFIES CAPE TOWN SPURS PROBLEM

Former Mamelodi Sundowns defender Clayton Daniels claims their performances don’t reflect the results they’ve been getting currently. But admit that individual mistakes have let them down.

“I think the results don’t compare to the performance of the team. What lets us down is individual mistakes but we learn the hard way [and] we struggle with taking our chances,” Daniels told LimSportsZone in an exclusive interview.

Clayton Daniels on Cape Town Spurs struggles
Cape Town Spurs

When asked about the absence of Boitumelo Radiopane could also be the reason the club is struggling. Daniels said: “Most of this group of players is their first time playing in the top flight. The y are working hard to make it right. With the coaching staff, I’m sure if we get the first win the team’s confidence will grow. We will get better results going forward.

The Cape Town side are not the only team that haven’t collected points so far in the league. Richards Bay have also been struggling to win matches. The twelve-capped Bafana Bafana defender believes things will go well for the Urban Warriors in due time if they continue to work hard.

“We have to trust the process for players to adapt and hopefully sooner than later. We all want to do well and [we] want to be successful. So, we [are] working hard to turn the corner [and] the players are giving their best,” he ends.

Cape Town Spurs will be out of action for the next two weeks due to MTN8 semi-final matches and an international FIFA break. They will host the Buccaneers next month at Athlone Stadium.  

By Katleho Hlalele

Polokwane City registered their second win of the DStv Premiership season at the expense of Cape Town Spurs at the New on Saturday.

The Urban Warriors started off on a positive note following a good exchange of good encounters and were looking lively within 15 minutes. However, the home side dealt with the danger posed by the visitors.

ALSO READ: Polokwane City secure first win of the season 

But it was Polokwane City who drew first blood courtesy of Oswin Appollis in the 14th minute. Polokwane City continued to show great play and confidence at the same time pressing for a second goal. But Spurs stood firm at the back and quickly wanted to get back into the game with a great build-up play just after 20 minutes into the game.

The visitors continued to search for an equalizer through good play however they failed to penetrate Polokwane City. The match went to the half-time break with the home side leading 1-0.

It was the hosts who showed hunger in the second half as they were looking to add another goal to ease the pressure. Polokwane City doubled their lead through Douglas Mapfumo in the 61st minute of the second half following a great cross from second-half substitute Stevens Goovardia which guided it into the back of the net.

OWSIN APPOLLIS GETS A BRACE AS RISE AND SHINE WIN SECOND MATCH

Polokwane City extended their lead in the 77th minute courtesy of Oswin Appollis after a great pass blindsided Spurs’ defense. The striker found himself one on one with the keeper and put it at the keeper’s left side.

The visitors got a consolation goal through Khaya Mfecane with only 10 minutes remaining. This was Cape Town Spurs’ third straight defeat as they also conceded 6 goals in all matches played.

By Sebastian Maeso

Cape Town Spurs have been promoted to the DStv Premiership while Maritzburg United have been relegated to the Motsepe Foundation Championship. This follows a 0-0 result in the PSL Promotion playoffs match at Harry Gwala Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Spurs topped the Promotion mini-league table with 10 points. Thanks to three solitary-goal victories before defying a second-half onslaught from a Maritzburg team backed by a capacity 12 000 crowds.

Cape Town Spurs promoted, Maritzburg United relegated
Maritzburg United against Cape Town Spurs

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Maritzburg needed a win to retain their Premiership status. But they could not unlock a Spurs side that defended in depth as tiredness set in.

CAPE TOWN SPURS PROMOTED, MARITZBURG UNITED RELEGATED

“Our warrior spirit saw us through,” said tearful Spurs coach Shaun Bartlett.

“The legs of our older players were close to collapsing. But they were determined to see us into the top flight and dug deep,” he said.

A DStv Premiership club get an R5.5 million pre-season allowance and a monthly R2.5 million grant. The first prizes totaling R30 million. A Motsepe Foundation Championship club receives R1.5 million each before the season kicks off. R750,000 a month and the league winners pocket R5 million.

Cape Town Spurs started the PSL promotion playoffs with an away win over Casric Stars at Solomon Mahlangu Stadium on Sunday.

The Motsepe Foundation Championship 2022/2023 top goalscorer, Ashley Cupido struck in the later stage of the second half to earn his side a narrow 1-0 win in the first match.

The two sides were playing from their hearts knowing that it will not be an easy journey as they face the DStv Premiership side, Maritzburg United twice in this tournament.

MORE HOPE FOR CAPE TOWN SPURS

Considering that winning two games gives more hope to get promoted to the top flight, this is a perfect result and vital points for Spurs in their short-term tournament opener.

Cape Town Spurs off to winning ways in PSL promotion playoffs
Fans of the Urban Warriors

Shaun Bartlett’s side will be in action again when they host the Team of Choice on 03 June 2023. This is before they welcome Casric Stars on 07 June and conclude by visiting Maritzburg seven days later.

The mini-league will take further shape when Maritzburg United welcome Casric Stars at Harry Gwala Stadium next week on Wednesday at 19h30.

PSL PROMOTION PLAYOFFS REMAINING FIXTURES:

Maritzburg United v Casric Stars
31 May 19h30 – Harry Gwala Stadium
Cape Town Spurs v Maritzburg United
03 Jun 15h00 – Athlone Stadium
Cape Town Spurs v Casric Stars
07 Jun 15h00 – Athlone Stadium
Casric Stars v Maritzburg United
10 Jun 15h00 – Solomon Mahlangu Stadium
Maritzburg Utd v CT Spurs
14 Jun 19:30 – Harry Gwala Stadium

By Clifton Mabasa

Cape Town Spurs showed their dominance in the Motsepe Foundation Championship yet again on Sunday afternoon as they secured an important 2-1 victory over NB La Masia, sending them back to the top of the table.

The afternoon was marked by a top performance from striker Ashley Cupido, who scored his 14th goal of the season. The victory left Shaun Bartlett’s men a point clear of Casric Stars with a game before the curtain closes.

CAPE TOWN SPUR BACK ON TOP OF THE LOG

Casric Stars dropped to the second spot after a 1-1 draw against Venda Football Academy. VFA are set to appear before the Premier Soccer League DC on Tuesday for charges of fielding an improperly registered player (Athini Jodwana).

Third-placed Polokwane City have also remained in the hunt for an automatic promotion to the DStv Premiership with a 2-0 win away from home to Platinum City Rovers. University of Pretoria showed no sympathy to the relegated Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila as they edged them 2-0 at Tuks Stadium.

Meanwhile, high-flying All Stars rubbed off on the wounds of basement club Black Leopards after a 3-1 at Thohoyandou stadium. Hungry Lions’ hopes for playing in the promotion playoffs came to an end after they lost 1-0 to Baroka.

MOTSEPE FOUNDATION CHAMPIONSHIP: Cape Town Spurs back on top, Polokwane keep hopes alive
Ashley Cupido celebrates for Cape Town Spurs

On the other hand, Pretoria Callies narrowly beat JDR Stars 1-0 in the Tshwane derby at Tshwane University of Technology stadium. Meanwhile, Magesi and Uthongathi shared the spoils after a goalless draw at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Limpopo.

MOTSEPE FOUNDATION CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Pretoria Callies 1-0 JDR Stars
 NB La Masia 1-2 Cape Town Spurs
 Magesi FC 0-0 Uthongathi FC
 Platinum City Rovers 0-2 Polokwane City
 AmaTuks 2-0 TTM
 Casric Stars 1-1 Venda Football Academy
 Black Leopards 1-3 All Stars
 Baroka FC 1-0 Hungry Lions

By Clifton Mabasa 

Matchday 27 in the Motsepe Foundation Championship kicked off on Friday with an intriguing contest between JDR Stars and Polokwane City who drop lower on the log standings.

Stars held City to an emphatic 2-2 draw at the Giant stadium, leaving them two points behind Cape Town Spurs and Casric Stars on the MFC table.

POLOKWANE CITY DROP TO THIRD POSITION

On the other hand, Spurs beat the struggling Platinum City Rovers 2-0 at Athlone Stadium. They remained at the top of the standings as they fought for the automatic promotion to the Premiership.

The Pretoria Callies’ lately impressive run came to an end at the Dobsonville stadium as they fell to a 2-1 loss to NB La Masia. Callies went nine games unbeaten since February.

Saturday’s fixtures featured several upsets. Casric Stars avoided such a fate as they blanked University of Pretoria in a 1-0 home win and obtained the second spot in the league as a result.They are tied on 53 points with Spurs.

Black Leopards were looking to run away from the relegation zone, but instead fell to a disappointing goalless draw against Hungry Lions at Dr. Petrus Molemela stadium. 

In another match on the day, Baroka traveled to Tsakane Stadium to face on-sale All Stars. They unable to collect three points as they lost 2-1, leaving them in a danger zone on the table.


THINGS HOTTING UP AT THE BOTTOM OF MOTSEPE FOUNDATION CHAMPIONSHIP


On Sunday, Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila outclassed Magesi as they registered an important 2-1 win at Dr. Petrus Molemela stadium. However, they remain 15th in the log, four points clear of 14th Platinum City Rovers. Meanwhile, in KwaZulu-Natal, Uthongathi wrapped up the weekend’s action with Venda Football Academy at the Princess Magogo stadium. They shared the spoils with a 1-1 draw. 

With three games left for the season to end, Mathematically, Cape Town Spurs, Casric Stars, Polokwane City, Hungry Lions, All Stars, JDR Stars, Uthongathi, Pretoria Callies, University of Pretoria and Limpopo’s Magesi FC have secured their Motsepe Foundation Championship next season’s statuses.

WEEKEND RESULTS

Cape Town Spurs 2-0 Platinum City Rovers
JDR Stars 2-2 Polokwane City
NB La Masia 2-1 Pretoria Callies
All Stars 2-1 Baroka
Hungry Lions 0-0 Black Leopards
Casric Stars 1-0 University of Pretoria
Uthongathi 1-1 Venda Football Academy
TTM 2-1 Magesi

By Clifton Mabasa

The three Motsepe Foundation championship leaders dropped crucial points during their respective matches with six matches to go. 

Cape Town Spurs lost 2-1 to Pretoria Callies, Polokwane City lost 3-2 to Venda Football Academy while Casric Stars played to a 1-1 draw against Black Leopards. The result means Spurs remain on top of the log with 47 points followed by Casric with the same number of points. City dropped to third position.

Also read: TTM beaten by AmaTuks in Motsepe Foundation Championship clash

A look at their next three matches:

Cape Town Spurs

JDR Stars

Casric Stars

Platinum City Rovers 

Casric Stars 

La Masia

Spurs 

University of Pretoria 

Polokwane City

University of Pretoria 

La Masia

JDR Stars 

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Meanwhile, relegation-threatened Black Leopards have given an update on the latest regarding star player Tiklas Thutlwa. Thutlwa collapsed and was taken over after just five minutes of their clash with Casric Stars at Malamulele Stadium on Saturday. 

The 23-year-old was heavily hit by the ball in the chest and couldn’t breathe. 

“The big blow was Thutlwa going off. He is our main attacking player with Tshabalala and it was a big blow for us,” said head coach Owen Da Gama. 

“We are not a team with a lot of depth and a lot of players but the quality ones that are there we depend on them. For him to go off was a big blow for us.” 

Motsepe Foundation Championship weekend results:

Sunday, 19 March 

Cape Town Spurs 1-2 Pretoria Caillies

VFA 3-2 Polokwane City

Saturday, 18 March 

Baroka 0-1 JDR Stars

Uthongathi 3-0 TTM

Black Leopards 1-1 Casric Stars

All Stars 3-0 Hungry Lions

Friday, 17 March 

La Masia 0-1 Magesi

City Rovers 0 -1 AmaTuks 

Sekhukhune United advanced to the quarterfinals of the Nedbank Cup following a 2-0 victory against Cape Town Spurs at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium on Friday. 

The game commenced at a swift pace, with neither side able to settle on the ball. In looking to establish possession early on, Babina Noko edged the Mother City outfit slightly.

Also read: Sekhukhune United make another player addition

Sekhukhune began applying pressure on the Spurs backline, which at the time, was well dealt with by the likes of Clayton Daniels and Liam Bern.

The long ball into the Spurs area troubled the Urban Warriors defence. Sekhukhune looked dangerous from wide areas on the pitch. Spurs fought back by pushing high up on the pitch as Jaydan Petersen and Boitumelo Radiopane provided energy in the final third.

Sekhukhune United against Cape Town Spurs in Nedbank Cup last 16
Sekhukhune United against Cape Town Spurs in Nedbank Cup last 16

As the 20th minute mark approached, Babina Noko occupied 60 per cent of the ball. Their pressure paying off midway through the first half. In a swift counter-attacking moment, Victor Letsoalo was picked out on the edge of the Spurs penalty area, as his well-placed shot left goalkeeper Lincoln Vyver rooted to the spot.

Sekhukhune outclass Cape Town Spurs to reach Nedbank Cup quarterfinals 

Sekhukhune were awarded a penalty five minutes before the break. Morne Nel’s infringement inside the Spurs box summoning the referee to point to the spot. In facing Vyver, Roderick Kabwe calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net.

Babina Noko asserted themselves on the ball immediately after the break and stroked the ball around with ease. Despite being two goals to the good, Sekhukhune continued to press on in search of a third goal.

With an hour of football played, both teams looked to their respective benches in seeking to manage the remainder of the game. The Urban Warriors were confined to guarding their own 18-yard-area in soaking up the home team’s pressure.

Also read: Dondol beat AmaZulu to advance to Nedbank Cup quarterfinals 

Cape Town Spurs did most of the defending in the second 45. They had sporadic counter-attacking moments with little end prodcut. The visiting team struggled to get into the game in spite of their attacking substitutions. Babina Noko on the other hand kicked into game management mode.

As the referee called time on the encounter, Sekhukhune United advanced to the quarterfinals of the Nedbank Cup at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium.

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Article by the Premier Soccer League

There were some interesting games in the Motsepe Foundation Championship over the weekend, that saw Polokwane City leapfrog Cape Town Spurs to retain the first spot in the standings. While the leading scorer in MFC Ashley Cupido continued on his merry way with yet another goal.

POLOKWANE CITY LEAD MOTSEPE FOUNDATION CHAMPIONSHIP

Polokwane City beat Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila 2-0 at Dr. Petrus Molemela Stadium to move two points clear of Spurs, who have drawn 1-1 against Hungry Lions in Kimberly.

ASHLEY CUPIDO SHINES FOR CAPE TOWN SPURS

But there is no stopping the Spurs striker, Cupido as he netted goal number 13 in the PSL first division this season as Spurs continued their seemingly unstoppable march to the title despite the draw.

Cape Town Spurs players celebrate during Motsepe Foundation Championship match against Baroka
Cape Town Spurs players celebrate during Motsepe Foundation Championship match against Baroka

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On the other hand, while aiming to earn their first promotion in their history, JDR Stars have dropped to the fifth spot as they were unfortunately hammered 3-1 by seventh-placed Uthongathi at Soshanguve Giant Stadium, which opened up a wide gap of 13 points between them and PLK.

All Stars remained sixth as they shared the spoils with Platinum City Rovers at the Tsakane stadium, meanwhile, Casric failed to move up to second place after a goalless draw against Magesi FC in Mpumalanga. At the Global Stadium in Lebowakgomo, Baroka were held to a 1-1 draw by La Masia on Saturday in the Motsepe Foundation Championship.

TROUBLE FOR BLACK LEOPARDS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE TABLE

Pretoria Callies won their third successive game, two within a week, over Black Leopards. Lidoda Duvha’s poor results streak kept on going as they lost 2-1 to the Romans in Thohoyandou. Callies jumped from 12th to ninth place in the table. While in Pretoria, the struggling Venda Football Academy held University Of Pretoria to a 1-1 draw.

MOTSEPE FOUNDATION CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND RESULTS:

Saturday, 04 March

Baroka 1-1 La Masia

Hungry Lions 1-1 CT Spurs

JDR Stars 1-3 Uthongathi

Casric Stars 0-0 Magesi

All Stars 1- 1 City Rovers 

Sunday, 05 March

Tuks 1-1 VFA

Leopards 1-2 Pretoria Callies 

TTM 0-2 PLK City