JOHANNESBURG – ORLANDO Pirates striker, Tendai Ndoro, has steered his side to the top of the 16-team standings as the Absa Premiership got off to a promising start midweek.
A total of 16 goals were scored in seven matches played on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Zimbabwean marksman proved he will again be the major source of goals this season with a well-struck hattrick against Lamontville Golden Arrows at the Orlando Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The Mohawk-clad forward scored his treble in the space of 27 second half minutes to see the Soweto side to victory in their first official match under Turkish mentor Muhsin Ertugral.
Arrows got their face saver through Nduduzo Sibiya.
Another player who got his campaign to a flyer is Chippa United forward, Rhulani Manzini, who scored both goals in a 2-1 triumph over Free State Stars at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
He scored in 29 first half minutes to seal victory.
Also on Tuesday, newboys Cape Town City started life in the league with a 2-0 victory over Polokwane City at the Cape Town Stadium.
Goals from Bongolwethu Jayiya and Aubrey Ngoma ensured three points for the newly-formed club, which replaced Mpumalanga Black Aces during the off-season.
Fellow newcomers Baroka FC held youthful Ajax Cape Town a 1-1 at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Tuesday evening.
In the most-anticipated duel on Tuesday, Bidvest Wits exerted early season pressure on Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Khompela with a 2-1 win.
Headed goals by captain Thulani Hlatshwayo and Mozambique winger Elias Pelembe secured victory at the Bidvest Stadium. Lorenzo Gordinho’s late effort gave Chiefs hope but The Clever Boys held on to a rare victory over the visitors at the Braamfontein venue.
On Wednesday, Kurt Lentjies’ goal earned last season’s relegation survivors Maritzburg United a 1-0 win over rusty Bloemfontein Celtic at the Dr Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein.
There was a similar scoreline at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium where Malawi hotshot Robert Ng’ambi scored with a trademark header to hand Platinum Stars a slender victory over visiting Supersport United.
– Guardian Sport