Flames midfielder Robert Ng’ambi’s late strike boosted Platinum Stars’ South Africa Premier Soccer League (PSL) title hopes following their 2-0 win over Maritzburg United on Wednesday.
Stars’ victory also piled more pressure on league leaders Kaizer Chiefs, who have 56 points—three more than Stars—with two games each left before they wind up the season.
It was the sixth league goal for the Flames midfield maestro, seven short of the leading scorer, Moroka Swallows’ Katlego Mashego.
Two other Flames forwards who also play in the PSL, Atusaye Nyondo and Robin Ngalande, are yet to find the back of the net in league games this season.
Ng’ambi drew first blood for Stars in the 83rd minute, before Thuso Phala added the second four minutes later.
According to www.kickoff.com, the opening period was a tight affair, devoid of clear-cut chances.
“The deadlock was finally broken on 83rd minute, when the ever-dependable Malawian international Ng’ambi picked up the ball in the penalty area and showed great composure to fire home.
Elsewhere, Ngalande continued to be a sideshow as his team Bidvest Wits beat University of Pretoria 2-1 at Tuks Stadium on Wednesday night. Wits are fourth on the log table with 40 points from 28 games.
There was also no game time for Nyondo when Bloemfontein Celtic ended SuperSport United’s unbeaten streak with a 2-1 victory at Free State Stadium.
Blossoming defender Limbikani Mzava, who has just recovered from a groin injury, played a full game for Celtic. Celtic are on fifth position with 40 points from 28 games whereas SuperSport are sixth with 39 points from 27 games.