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The opening weekend of the Absa Premiership was unlike any of recent seasons with upsets aplenty across the country as the South African season began in surprise fashion.
Only two of the title favourites managed victories – Kaizer Chiefs and Bidvest Wits – with unfancied Chippa United, Polokwane City, Moroka Swallows and Maritzburg United all claiming shock results.
The promoted Chilli Boys produced possibly the biggest shock as they stunned Platinum Stars 2-0 at their new home of Port Elizabeth.
A ninth minute striker from Andile Mbenyane and another goal just before the half-hour by David Zulu (28) were enough for Kosta Papic’s side to make a dream start to life back in the big time.
It was also a memorable start for their new fan-base at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium having left Cape Town in the off-season.
Polokwane, meanwhile, edged University of Pretoria 1-0 at Tuks Stadium where Puleng Tlolane (32) grabbed the only goal for Rise and Shine.
Swallows claimed the bragging rights from the original Soweto derby by ousting Orlando Pirates 2-1 thanks to a later Lerato Chabangu effort.
Debutant Lantshele Phalane fired the Birds into a surprise eighth-minute lead at the Orlando Stadium, before Oupa Manyisa (34) levelled for the Bucs from the penalty spot.
However, veteran forward Chabangu had the final say with his winner coming eight minutes from time.
Champions Mamelodi Sundowns were also on the receiving end of a late goal, although Mohammed Awal’s stoppage-time penalty meant they had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to Maritzburg United on Friday.
Katlego Mashego’s close-range opener less than 120 seconds into the contest looked like it was going to be enough for Pitso Mosimane’s men to begin the defence of their title on a winning note.
But Loftus Stadium was stunned into silence at the death when Ghanaian Awal converted from the spot after a foul by Mame Niang on Mondi Cele.
Chiefs made a typically strong start to 2014/15 as they edged out Free State Stars 1-0 thanks to a George Lebese (55) goal.
Bidvest Wits, seen by many as dark horses for the title this year, beat SuperSport United 1-0, the goal coming via a Sthembiso Ngcobo penalty after 70 minutes.
Finally, Sunday’s two games ended in draws.
AmaZulu and Ajax Cape Town ended goalless in Durban, while a Joel Mogorosi (54) strike earned Bloemfontein Celtic a 1-1 home draw against Mpumalanga Black Aces, who scored in first-half stoppage time through Tendai Ndoro
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