On-Loan striker Boitumelo Radiopane fired Cape Town Spurs to a 3-2 win on the road against Baroka FC in a Motsepe Foundation Championship clash at the Global Stadium in Limpopo on Wednesday. 

The game got off to a wonderful start for the Spurs right away as Rushwin Dortley gave them the lead after only eight minutes. The pressure on the home team increased as Jayden Petersen extended their lead in the 19th minute.  

However, just before the half-hour mark, Sydney Malivha pulled one back for Baroka.  

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BOITUMELO RADIOPANE WONDER STRIKE SEAL VICTORY 

Both teams made a strong start to the second half. But the visitor’s efforts were quickly rewarded when Boitumelo Radiopane’s thunder strike sealed a victory for Spurs. 

Meanwhile, Bakgaga consoled themselves with the Oscarine Masuluke penalty goal that saw them lose 2-3 to the Cape Town-based side.   

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Spurs coach Shaun Bartlett explained that his team is aware of the standards that are set for them on the field. He added that they had studied their opponents to take advantage of any weaknesses.  

“It is always important for our players to do what they do best and that is to win games, and fight for each other,” he said. 

“Obviously we knew it was going to be a tough game coming into this field, which is a new field. They capitalise on playing direct football and for us, it was to make sure we win more second balls than they did,” added coach Bartlett.  

RESULTS A REWARD FOR HARD WORK FOR CAPE TOWN SPURS 

Bartlett said that his side kept things straightforward, and he was happy to witness the results of their hard work in the training on the playing field.  

“We did the basic things the right way, and we scored goals, some cracking goals but it’s also goals that we work on the training field, which is very nice to see [them] come into fruition in a match.  

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“So, I’m very happy for the boys, now it’s about recovering and moving into the next game,” he concluded.   

Spurs are now second with 43 points, same as log leaders Polokwane City but the latter have a superior goal difference. They will now shift their focus to the next fixture against Hungry Lions on Saturday, 4 March. 

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

MOTSEPE FOUNDATION CHAMPIONSHIP WEDNESDAY FULL RESULTS:

La Masia 1-1 AmaTuks

VFA 1-1 Casric

Magesi 0-2 Polokwane

City Rovers 1-1 JDR

Caillies 2-1 Leopards

Baroka 2-3 Spurs

Hungry Lions 1-1 All Stars

TTM 1-2 Uthongathi

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By Sinolwetu Tompela 

All the leading Motsepe Foundation Championship promotion chasers will be in action in Limpopo on Wednesday afternoon. 

The fixtures will see Polokwane City up against Magesi at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium, Cape Town Spurs will travel to Lebowakgomo for a battle against Baroka. Casric Stars will also take on Venda Football Academy at Thohoyandou Stadium. 

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With 10 matches to go, Casric are the current log leaders with 41 points. They are followed by both Spurs and Polokwane with 40 points each. 

Hungry Lions, All Stars and JDR are also still in the chasing pack although they are a few games behind the top three. 

BLACK LEOPARDS IN A DO OR DIE BATTLE 

Meanwhile, the bottom of the log clash will see Pretoria Caillies host Black Leopards at Lucas Moripe Stadium. Leopards are bottom of the log with just 14 points, seven points behind Callies who are on 21. 

“The point gap is not that big and you are competing against a very renowned team. Black Leopards have been in this game for a very long time, let’s not forget,” said Callies coach Kwanele Kopo. 

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“TTM have just gone to Bloemfontein to become Bloemfontein Celtic so the stakes have suddenly gone higher. Some of the guys above us are not doing us any favors, Rovers have won two games in a row. La Masia are getting the results, VFA are close to us  so it’s getting tougher.”

FULL MOTSEPE FOUNDATION CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURES 

La Masia v AmaTuks 

 Tsakane Stadium

Venda Football Academy v Casric Stars

Thohoyandou Stadium

Magesi v Polokwane City

Old Peter Mokaba Stadium

Platinum City Rovers v JDR Stars

Olen Park

Pretoria Caillies v Black Leopards

Lucas Moripe Stadium

Baroka FC v Cape Town Spurs

Baroka Village

Hungry Lions v All Stars

Windhoek Draught Park

TTM v Uthongathi FC

Dr Molemela Stadium

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Casric Stars have dropped some crucial points in their pursuit to gain promotion from the Motsepe Foundation Championship to DStv Premiership

This comes after the Mpumalanga side were held to a 1-1 draw against Platinum City Rovers at Olen Park on Tuesday. 

CASRIC STARS MOVE TO TOP DESPITE DRAW 

However, the result takes them to top of the log with 28 points from 19 matches. They have played a game more than their immediate title contenders Polokwane City and Cape Town Spurs.

Both Spurs and City are playing their respective fixtures on Wednesday. The Urban Warriors will host Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila while Rise and Shine will host All Stars at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium. 

 Uthongathi have now jumped to position eight while Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele has dropped to ninth spot. 

Hungry Lions were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Pretoria Caillies. Lions remain fifth with 21 points and Callies have now jumped one place to 12th with 18 points. 

Casric Stars Bucs Mthombeni
Casric Stars Bucs Mthombeni

MOTSEPE FOUNDATION CHAMPIONSHIP WEDNESDAY FIXTURES 

Polokwane City v All Stars

Old Peter Mokaba Stadium

Cape Town Spurs v Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila 

Athlone Stadium

JDR Stars v Black Leopards

Soshanguve Giant Stadium

Pretoria University v Magesi

ABSA Tuks Stadium

Venda Football Academy v NB La Masia

Thohoyandou Stadium

*All matches will kickoff at 15:30

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