Golden arrows ensure the best result in South Africa

Pule Mmodi scored an excellent goal as the third-placed Golden Arrows remained on their way to their highest result in the South African Premier League, beating TS Galaxy 3-0 in Durban on Wednesday.

Mmodi scored his fifth goal of the season with an unstoppable half volley from just outside the box that flew past goalkeeper Marlon Heugh into the top of the net.

His memorable 32nd-minute strike gave Arrows a two-goal lead after Michael Gumede scored seven minutes from a Zimbabwean Divine Lunga cross.

Ntsako Makhubela ended the defeat with a header on 61 minutes as Arrows scored a four-game win in the richest African league for a first prize of 15 million rand.

Arrows have never ranked higher than fifth, but wins against clubs Kaizer Chiefs and Stellenbosch in the remaining games early next month will secure fourth place in the worst case.

They are unique among the top 16 clubs in that they have a president, Mato Madlala, who is also a senior member of the organization that runs the Premiership.

Neither the front-runners Mamelodi Sundowns nor the fourth-placed Orlando Pirates were in action as they prepare for the quarter-finals of the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup this weekend, as were the Chiefs.

Second-placed AmaZulu, another club in Durban that was close to the best Premiership result after an unbeaten run of 16 games, said goodbye.

The top two players, almost certainly Sundowns and AmaZulu, will qualify for the 2022 Champions League, while Arrows or Pirates will join FA Cup winners TTM in the Confederation Cup.

TTM, a second division side who moved to the Premiership this season after buying the franchise of a disbanded club, took four points from two games to bolster hopes of relegation.

They fought their 0-0 draw against Polokwane counterparts Baroka on Tuesday, three days after beating Maritzburg United 1-0 through a brilliant solo motor from Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo.

Since the bottom club Black Leopards is apparently doomed to land last and automatically relegate, a fight rages over them to avoid being penultimate and going into the playoffs with two second division clubs.

The story goes on

Chippa United are currently 15th as a mini-resuscitation under new Serbian coach Vladimir Heric ended in a 2-1 home loss to Bloemfontein Celtic.

Celtic, who started the game as the only Premier League team without an away win this season, came from behind when captain Ndumiso Mabena snapped the winner in the 75th minute on the eve of his 34th birthday.

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