With Mpumalanga Black Aces unexpectedly going down 2-1 to the ever-improving Ga-Rankuwa United, and African Warriors putting two goals into University of Pretoria’s net without reply, there are three clubs with 12 points chasing Dynamos.
Thanks to a splendid second-half display, which included a goal by Jimmy Zakazaka, Bay picked up three vital points in their quest for promotion.
Just seconds after Ikapa coach Sergio dos Santos had made his first substitution, bringing on Grant Igesund for Reagan Noble, Zakazaka rammed home a pass from Peter Kirsten in the 65th minute.
“From my point of view in the beginning of the match my players didn’t have the courage to play proper football, but we adapted well in the second half after I spoke to them in the dressing room. I’m happy for the three points, of course, however, more than anything else, I’m happy with the way the team responded to everything we had planned,” says United coach Vladislav Heric, who was celebrating with his squad long after the final whistle.
And while Maritzburg United scrapped past Hanover with a late winner by Fadlu Davids to make the score 2-1 and FC Cape Town drew 0-0 with Durban Stars, Heric is hoping to pick up a home win against Western Province United in his next match.
“We have played far too many drawn matches at home and must win to keep the pressure on Maritzburg,” he adds.
In the Inland Stream, FC AK stormed to an impressive 1-0 win over Dynamos at the Lulekani Stadium, while Witbank Spurs are off the bottom of the log after recording their second successive win in a row.
They defeated Winners Park 2-1 at home and with Tuks losing yet again, Aces, Warriors and Ga-Rankuwa are all still in the frame – just three and eight points behind Dynamos and FC AK, respectively.