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Football – South Africa: Reigning champions win, Chiefs and Pirates struggle

Mamelodi Sundowns beat AmaZulu in their opening Premiership match of the season

The first round of DSTV Premiership matches in South Africa produced 12 goals in eight matches, as clubs finally got the new league campaign underway.

Defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns got proceedings underway for the new season on Friday night,20 August, with a clash at home to last season’s runners-up AmaZulu at Loftus Stadium. It was not the best of performances from the reigning champions, but they did enough to seal all three points, thanks to a first half penalty from one of their star players, Themba Zwane. Sundowns became the first club to win the Premiership title four times in a row when they bagged it last season and they are set on making it five, after going into the market yet again to bolster their squad.

On Saturday, 21 August, there were five matches. Former Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt took charge of his first match as Chippa United coach and his boys delivered on the day, beating Sekhukhune United 1-0 at Makhulong Stadium. Soweto giants Orlando Pirates played out to a 2-2 draw with Stellenbosch FC at Orlando Stadium.

Golden Arrows beat Maritzburg United 2-1 in the KZN derby at Princess Magogo and Cape Town City could not secure a victory at home as they played out to a goalless draw with SuperSport United at Athlone Stadium. Baroka FC beat Marumo Gallants 2-0 in a Limpopo derby played at Peter Mokaba Stadium.

On Sunday, 22 August, Soweto Chiefs played out to a goalless draw with TS Galaxy at Mbombela Stadium, while Swallows FC scored in second half stoppage time to beat new boys Royal AM at Dobsonville Stadium.

There were still no supporters at the stadium due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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