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Goal feast as Orlando Pirates maintain lead

A South African Premiership goal drought came to a abrupt halt Wednesday with 26 in seven matches as Orlando Pirates maintained a four-point advantage at the top.

Bloemfontein Celtic '

Bloemfontein Celtic is a South African football (soccer) club, playing in the country's Premier Soccer League. The club is now considered as one of the wealthiest in the country and has large fan base in the Free State.
, defending champions SuperSport United and Wits University hit four each in the sixth round of the richest African national championship with a 1.25-million-dollar first prize.

The eight matches last weekend produced just 10 goals and two victories, but there were no midweek blues as Katlego Mphela Katlego Abel Mphela (born November 29, 1984 in Brits, North West) is a South African footballer, currently playing for Supersport United in the PSL.

Mphela rejoined Supersport United in late November 2006 from French Ligue 2 side RC Strasbourg.
 of Mamelodi Sundowns, Prince Olomu of Celtic and Tefu Mashamaite of Wits led the charge with two each.

Pirates could manage only one in Soweto, but the 62nd-minute effort from Dikgang Mabalane was enough to secure maximum points over lowly Mpumalanga Black Aces Mpumalanga Black Aces is a South African football (soccer) club based in Witbank, Mpumalanga that participates in the Mvela Golden League. Prior to 2007, it was known as City Pillars and Pietersburg Pillars and based in Polokwane and Tzaneen respectively. .

Daine Klate Daine "Stiga" Klate (born February 25, 1985 in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape) is a South African football (soccer) midfielder for Supersport United and South Africa.  and Thabo Mongalo grabbed goals in the final five minutes as SuperSport triumphed 4-2 over Moroka Swallows in Pretoria and climbed to fourth, five points adrift of the 'Buccaneers'.

Wits exploited aerial power against stand-in Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Calvin Marlin Calvin Marlin (born April 20, 1976 in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape) is a South African football (soccer) goalkeeper for Mamelodi Sundowns and South Africa.

He played mostly for Ajax Cape Town and Supersport United.
 to come from behind twice and triumph 4-2 against opponents coached by former Bulgaria World Cup star Hristo Stoickhov.

The 'Students' share second place with Celtic, 4-2 winners at unfashionable kwaZulu-Natal club Maritzburg United '

Maritzburg United is a South African football (soccer) club based in the city of Pietermaritzburg that currently competes in the National First Division, Coastal Stream.
, who shocked hosts Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 four days ago.

Celtic, whose supporters are the most passionate in the country that hosts the 2010 World Cup, raced into a two-goal lead only to surrender it before goals by Nigerian Olomu and Sandile Ndlovu Sandile Ronald Ndlovu (born July 1 1980 in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal) is a South African football (soccer) striker for Premier Soccer League club Moroka Swallows and South Africa.  sealed the points.

An early penalty from Botswana star Dipsy Selolwane brought Ajax Cape Town a 1-0 win over AmaZulu in Durban and Malian Sekou Camara levelled for Jomo Cosmos in a 1-1 draw against Santos in Cape Town.

Aleni Lebeyane and Professor Ramoraswi scored to set up a 3-1 win for Free State Stars over Golden Arrows, a result that gave the hosts a first league success of the season and the visitors a first loss.
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