Saturday's Premier Soccer League (PSL) review: Maritzburg United frustrate Bidvest Wits, Polokwane City edge Free State Stars

Daine Klate, Chippa United, July 2018
The Chilli Boys and Rise, and Shine both recorded victories as PSL action resumed following the Fifa international break

Chippa United finally ended their winless run in the league when they overcame Baroka FC at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Chilli Boys went into the encounter searching for their first league win of the season, while Bakgaga were eyeing their second victory.

The hosts dominated the first half, but they could not penetrate the Baroka defence and beat Zimbabwe goalkeeper Elvis Chipeneze.

The score was was 0-0 at the interval with Bakgaga having contained the Chilli Boys.

Bakgaga tried to push for the opening goal after the restart, but it was the Chilli Boys, who broke the deadlock in the closing stages of the game.

Andile Mbenyane was the man, who grabbed an early goal which handed Chippa a hard-fought 1-0 victory in Mdantsane.

Meanwhile, Bidvest Wits were frustrated by a resilient Maritzburg United side at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday evening. 

The Clever Boys were eyeing their second consecutive league victory, while the Team of the Choice were desperate for their maiden win of the season.
The hosts created chances in the first half as they looked to break the deadlock, but Wits goalkeeper Darren Keet managed to keep Maritzburg out with some good saves.

The two teams were locked at 0-0 at half-time following a lively first half.

Maritzburg shot-stopper Richard Ofori was a busy man in the second half as he pulled off a great save to deny Mxolisi Macuphu.

Ultimately, the game ended in a 0-0 stalemate with Maritzburg and Wits sharing the spoils on the day.

Lastly, Polokwane City recorded a hard-fought victory over a resilient Free State Stars side at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday night.

Rise and Shine were keen to extend their unbeaten run in the league against Ea Lla Koto, who were hoping to snap their winning run. 

The hosts suffered a blow in the first half as their new striker Mohammed Anas sustained an injury a few minutes before the half-hour mark.

However, they managed to take the lead through Anas' replacement, Bongile Booi , who scored with a low shot to make it 1-0 to Polokwane in the 17th minute.

Stars tried to respond with a goal, before the half-time break, but the Polokwane defence stood firm at the back.

A relatively quiet second half followed as Rise and Shine defended too deep as they looked to contain their slender lead.

Stars were able to grab an equalizing goal and ultimately, Polokwane emerged 1-0 winners on the night.