Eastern Cape provincial champions Bizana Pondo Chiefs started their ABC Motsepe League promotion play-offs on a good note with a 2-1 win against Mangaung Unite at the Vaal University of Technology soccer fields.

Midfielder Ayanda Khuntha scored two first half goals to give Pondo top position at Group B.

Unite nearly bounced back into the game following a late goal by Thulani Ncomanzi and subsequently attacking Pondo but it was too little too late.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Ayanda Khuntha

Khuntha was certainly the most outstanding player of the match after two stunning goals. His calmness and ability to pose a threat every time he was in position was a plus for Pondo.

In the earlier match, Pretoria Callies from Gauteng beat Zizwe United of the Western Cape 1-0 to go top of Group C.

Meanwhile, Umvoti from KwaZulu Natal will face Hungry Lions from the Northern Cape in the last match of Day 1.

By Ofhani Munyai

at Vaal University of Technology

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