Swallow tie after finishing the 673-minute goal drought in South Africa

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It was fitting that Ruzaigh Gamildien should be the goalscorer of the famous Soweto club, founded 23 years before better-known neighbors Kaizer Chiefs

He was the top scorer last season when the newly promoted finished a respectable sixth after breaking a Premiership record of 20 draws in a 30-game season.

Gamildien scored two of the Swallows’ three goals that season when the club won their first two games, a knockout quarter-finals against the Orlando Pirates and a league game against newcomer Royal AM.

However, Swallows coach Brandon Truter and his squad would never have imagined that the final goal against Royal on August 22nd would be the last until mid-October.

The drought-breaking goal in the 43rd minute was a straightforward affair involving two veterans, with full-back Tebogo Langerman pushing into the box and his knockback allowing Gamildien to strike from close range without a goal.

The joy over the finite goal was short-lived, however, when Stellenbosch from the Western Cape Winelands equalized within two minutes in an empty Soweto stadium due to the restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic.

Long-time Deano van Rooyen, who made a rare start for the visitors, grabbed another setback, this time from Nigerian Stanley Dimgba, and shot past goalkeeper Jody February into the corner.

A brilliant save by Stellenbosch goalkeeper Sage Stephens against a lightning bolt from Kagiso Malinga towards the end of the second half ensured his side held the point and moved up to third place.

The eleven-time record winner of the Premiership, Mamelodi Sundowns, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the CAF Champions League, leads the table with 16 points, one more than the neighbor of Pretoria SuperSport United.

Stellenbosch has 13 points, Royal 12, newly promoted Sekhukhune United 11 and Golden Arrows, Pirates and Chiefs each have nine.

On Saturday, the Zambian Ghampani Lungu scored two goals in three minutes at the start of the second half as the four-time champions SuperSport held a perfect home record with a 2-0 win over Baroka this season.

Former Montpellier striker Keagan Dolly – allegedly the highest paid Premiership player with a monthly salary of 1.45 million rand – struck twice when the Chiefs beat Chippa United 4-0 in Soweto.

Nigerian Chibuike Ohizu increased his premiership goals to four this season by finishing in 50th.

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