Rise and Shine held to 0-0 draw in Polokwane – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Evans Rusike of Maritzburg Utd

Bertin Basson

Wednesday Nov 22, 2017. 22:04

Polokwane City and Maritzburg United played to a goalless stalemate in an Absa Premiership clash at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Wednesday night.

The result extending the Team of Choice’s winless run in the league to seven matches, as they remain in 13th spot on the log standings. A third successive draw takes Rise and Shine up one spot to 11th.

The game struggled to kick into gear with neither side showing any real impetus in the opening half-hour, with nothing to write home about as the two teams failed to create any noteworthy attempts at goal.

Maritzburg finally conjured something notable in the 39th minute, but Evans Rusike was unable to convert following good work down the flank by Mxolisi Kunene.

Either side tried their luck from range in the closing exchanges of the half, but neither could find the back of the net before the break.

Rise and Shine, nor their Premiership counterparts were willing to take a leap of faith as the same tempo continued following the interval.

The game threatened to finally spark into life in the final 10 minutes, but it was not to be as both teams ultimately settled for a point apiece in what was a largely uneventful evening in the Limpopo province.

Polokwane City (0) 0

Maritzburg United (0) 0

Polokwane City: Chigova; Semenya, Ravhuhali, Tshilo, Maponyane, Seabi, Tlolane (Phiri 82′) [Musona 90+2′], W.Maluleke, J.Maluleke (Mngomezulu 87′), Ramagalela, Ndou.

Maritzburg United: Ofori; Sanoka, Xulu, Fransman, Makaringe, Rusike (Ntshangase 85′), Weidlich, Kunene (Shandu 90′), Maboe, Ndlovu, Mekoa.

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Polokwane crash out of Telkom Knockout after penalties – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Patrick Tignyemb of Bloemfontein Celtic celebrates teammates goal during the 2017 Telkom Knockout semifinal football match between Polokwane City and Bloemfontein Celtic at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 19 November 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Brian Lee

Sunday Nov 19, 2017. 18:35

Polokwane City crashed out of the Telkom Knockout after losing 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out after their semifinal match against Bloemfontein Celtic at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday afternoon ended 1-1.

Celtic will now take on Wits in the final of the TKO after they beat Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 on Saturday in the cup competition’s other semifinal.

On Sunday regular time ended goalless between Polokwane and Celtic, but we saw two goals in extra time courtesy of strikes from Tshegofatso Mabaso and Rendani Ndou respectively which saw 120 minutes of play end 1-1.

The away side started the better of the teams with Kabelo Mahlasela firing a low 18-yard shot just inches wide of the Polokwane goal in the tenth minute.

In the 21st minute Rise and Shine mounted their first real attack when Salulani Phiri created some space inside the box, but he saw his 16-yard effort brilliantly saved by the Celtic keeper.

On the half hour mark we came close to the opening goal when Celtic’s Alfred Ndengane met a cross with a strong header, but his ten-yard effort skimmed the wrong side of the post.

The half ended 0-0.

Celtic started the second half as they ended the opening stanza and went close to scoring again on the hour mark when Mbhazima Rikhotso met a cross into the box with a powerful header, but the Polokwane keeper made a great fingertip save to deny him.

In the 75th minute Rendani Ndou had Polokwane first real chance in the second half when his 20-yard shot went narrowly wide of the target with the Celtic keeper well beaten.

Neither team could find a winning goal in the last 15 minutes of regular time as the match ended all-square and consequently went into extra-time.

Thirteen minutes into extra-time Celtic finally broke the deadlock on the day when Tshegofatso Mabaso found the back of the net from 14-yards out after a well-worked free-kick to give Phunya Sele Sele a 1-0 lead going into half-time of extra-time.

City threw numbers forward in the second half of extra-time and managed to find an equaliser in the 115th minute when Rendani Ndou headed home a corner-kick as the game ended 1-1, and entered the dreaded penalty shoot-out.

Celtic came out victorious after winning the penalty shoot-out 4-3.

Polokwane City (0) 1 (Ndou 115’)

Bloemfontein Celtic (0) 1 (Moabaso 103’)

*Celtic won 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out

Penalty sequence:

Maponyane scores, Rikhotso scores, Ramagalela misses target, Lelabika scores, Maluleke penalty is saved, Nyondo scores, Tlolane scores, Baloyi penalty is saved, Mbonani scores, Mabaso scores.


Polokwane: Chigova, Semenya, Ravhuhali (Hlongwane 110’), Mbonani, Maponyane, Seabi, Musona (Tlolane 89’), Ramagalela, J. Maluleke, Ndou, Phiri (Mngomezulu 105’).

Celtic: Tignyemb, Pfumbidzai, Rikhotso, Ndengane, Mabena (Nyondo 113’), Mahlasela (Mabaso 90’), Letlabika, Baloyi, Hotto, Nyundu (Motshegwa 82’), Phalane.

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South Africa, Senegal set for Polokwane re-match – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Sadio Mane of Senegal tackled by Andile Jali of South Africa during 2018 World Cup Qualifiers match between South Africa and Senegal at Peter Mokab Stadium, November on the 12 November 2016 © Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Bertin Basson

Thursday Nov 09, 2017. 14:00

South Africa and Senegal will lock horns in a crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Friday evening.

Kick-off is at 19h30 CAT.

The match is a reply of the fixture played 12 months ago, with the 2-1 win for South Africa wiped from the record books following damning match manipulation evidence against Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey.

FIFA duly ordered for the game to replayed, with the rescheduled match to take place this weekend before the reverse fixture in Dakar next Tuesday.

Senegal currently top Group D with eight points from four matches and will book their place at a world showpiece for only the second time with victory on South African soil.

As for their hosts, Bafana Bafana need to win home and away if they are to seal a spot at a World Cup for a fourth time. Heading into their penultimate fixture, South Africa currently occupy bottom spot in Group D despite a 3-1 win over Burkina Faso last time out.

Senegal moved into pole position with victory away to Cape Verde last month. The Island nation had beaten South Africa home and away, and like the Stallions they too still have a chance of reaching Russia.

Liverpool star Sadio Mane is set to be fit for this weekend’s clash, but despite the obvious threat posed by the West African’s, Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter is confident his troops can do the required job.

“We will plan our game regardless of who is in the opposition team; we will make them uncomfortable on the day and play to win,” Baxter said.

“We need to find the right balance to unsettle Senegal and the issue of Mane doesn’t bother me a bit.

“We need to give Senegal the respect they deserve but that should be enough; we need to go for them big time,” he concluded.

South Africa are sweating on the fitness of both Itumeleng Khune and Andile Jali for the clash, while both Thulani Serero and Hlompho Kekana are set to miss the encounter.

The reverse fixture at the Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor is set to take place on Tuesday 14 November.

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Polokwane City stun Orlando Pirates in TKO – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Mpho Makola of Orlando Pirates challenged by Lorence Vilakazi of Polokwane City during the 2017 Telkom Knockout football match between Orlando Pirates and Polokwane City at Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg on 04 November 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Nov 04, 2017. 23:40

Polokwane City defeated Orlando Pirates 4-2 on penalties following a 2-2 draw in a Telkom Knockout Cup quarter-final match at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

The win sees Rise and Shine book their place in this year’s semi-finals, while the Buccaneers are eliminated from the competition.

It took only two minutes for the home side to break the deadlock – silencing the Pirates fans inside the Mecca of South African football.

Rendani Ndou headed into an empty following a good cross by Rodney Ramagalela to make it 1-0 to Polokwane in the second minute.

However, Rise and Shine’s lead only lasted for 11 minutes as Ntsikelelo Nyauza scored with a powerful low shot to make it 1-1 for Pirates.

The hosts should have taken the lead for the first time after there were awarded a penalty in the 25th minute, but Mpho Makola missed the target.

Polokwane then managed to regain their lead in the 41st minute when Ndou fired past Pirates goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands to make it 2-1.

Pirates then pressed Polokwane and they restored parity again, and this time it was Makola, who scored in stoppage time. The score was 2-2 at the interval.

The Buccaneers enjoyed more possession in the first 15 minutes of the second-half as they searched for their third goal.

However, Rise and Shine looked dangerous on transition with hard-running striker Ramagalela spearheading their attack.

Polokwane’s substitute keeper Harold Ndlovu and his Pirates counter-part Sandilands produced late saves to ensure that the game went into extra-time.

There were no goals in extra-time and the match went into a penalty shootout. Polokwane went on to win 4-2 on penalties.

Pirates (2) 2 (Nyauza 13′, Makola 45’+3)

Polokwane (2) 2 (Ndou 2′, 41′)

Polokwane emerged 4-2 winners on penalties.

Pirates: Sandilands, Chabalala, Nyauza, Van Heerden, Matlaba, Nyatama, Makola (Rakhale 110′), Qalinge (Norodien 102′), Lorch (Kutumela 58′), Shonga, Gabuza.

Polokwane: Chigova (Ndlovu 35′), Semenya, Ravhuhali, Mbonani, Maponyane, Seabi, Vilakazi, Klaas (Mngomezulu 56′), Ramagalela, Maluleke, Ndou (Booi 87′).

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Stubborn Polokwane City hold Kaizer Chiefs – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Bernard Parker of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Sammy Seabi of Polokwane City during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Polokwane City and Kaizer Chiefs at Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 31 October 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Oct 31, 2017. 21:25

Kaizer Chiefs were held to a 0-0 draw by Polokwane City in an Absa Premiership match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday night.

As a result, Rise and Shine move to position 11 on the league table, while Amakhosi remain in fourth spot on the log.

The hosts were the better side in the early stages of the encounter as they applied some pressure on the Chiefs defence.

However, the Amakhosi defence which was led by South Africa international Erick Mathoho looked solid.

Polokwane’s hard-running striker Rodney Ramagalela kept the Chiefs defence very busy with his pace.

He was able to test Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, who had kept two clean sheets in his last two competitive games.

Khune produced a great save to deny Ramagalela in the 21st minute as Rise and Shine looked to break the deadlock.

Chiefs winger Joseph Molangoane was looking lively for the visitors, but he was tightly marked by the Polokwane defence.

The score was 0-0 at half-time between Polokwane and Chiefs following a tightly contested first-half.

The hosts should have broken the deadlock through Rendani Ndou 10 minutes into the second-half after the visitors’ defence was exposed.

However, Khune made a great save to deny Polokwane captain Jabulani Maluleke and Ndou missed the target from close range from the rebound.

The Rise and Shine defence was then pressed by Amakhosi, but Hendrick Ekstein, Siphiwe Tshabalala and Dumisani Zuma missed the target.

Khune then produced a good low save to deny Ndou in the latter stages of the game – ensuring that the match ended in a 0-0 draw.

Polokwane (0) 0

Chiefs (0) 0

Polokwane:Chigova, Semenya, Ravhuhali, Mbonani, Maponyane, Seabi, Phiri (Vilakazi 84′), Klaas (Mngomezulu 81′), Ramagalela, Maluleke, Ndou.

Chiefs: Khune, Cardoso, Zulu, Mathoho, Gordinho, Katsande, Molangoane, Ekstein (Ekstein 76′), Parker (Paez 67′), Tshabalala (Chirambadare 85′), Maluleka.

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Polokwane ready for Chiefs challenge

Bernard Parker of Kaizer Chiefs and Thabiso Semenya of Polokwane City during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 game between Polokwane City and Kaizer Chiefs at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on 13 May 2017 ©/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Monday Oct 30, 2017. 09:30

Polokwane City will look to upset Absa Premiership heavyweights Kaizer Chiefs when the teams meet at Peter Mokaba Stadium on 31 October 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

Polokwane are unbeaten in their last three league matches, having played to a 2-2 draw away to high-flying Golden Arrows on October 21. In fact, the Limpopo side were close to becoming the first team to beat Arrows, but they conceded a last-gasp goal to share the spoils.

Rise and Shine are still looking for their first home win this season, having claimed just two points from four matches as hosts. They will look to improve on that record as they aim for a place in the top half of the table.

Chiefs have taken four points from their last two league matches, first defeating Mamelodi Sundowns before holding Orlando Pirates to a goalless draw in the Soweto derby on October 21. Coach Steve Komphela will be satisfied with those results against fellow PSL heavyweights.

The Amakhosi have performed strongly away from home this season, taking 10 points from a possible 12, and they will fancy their chances of adding to that tally with this trip to Limpopo.

In head-to-head stats, Polokwane and Chiefs have met in eight league matches since 2013/14. The Amakhosi have claimed four wins compared to one for Rise and Shine, while three matches have been drawn. The Limpopo side has claimed one win and suffered one defeat from their four turns as hosts in the rivalry.

Last season each side claimed a home win over the other: Chiefs won 3-2 in the first half of the campaign, while City claimed their first victory against the Soweto giants with a 1-0 triumph in the return game in Polokwane.

Polokwane’s line-up from their 2-2 draw with Arrows on October 21: Chigova, Ravhuhali, Semenya, Mbonani, Maponyane, Seabi, Maluleke, Phiri (Tlolane 68′), Ramagalela, Musona (Mngomezulu 64′), Ndou (Vilakazi 89′).

Chiefs’ line-up from their 0-0 draw with Pirates on October 21: Khune, Ngezana (Meyiwa 74’), Cardoso, Mathoho, Zulu, Molangoane, Katsande, Maluleka, Ekstein (Paez 55’), Tshabalala, Parker (Moon 86’).

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Golden Arrows fight back to hold Polokwane City – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Sammy Seabi of Polokwane City clears ball from Jabulani Shongwe of Golden Arrows during the 2017/18 Absa Premiership football match between Golden Arrows and Polokwane City at Princess Magogo Stadium, Durban on 21 October 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Oct 21, 2017. 17:44

Golden Arrows and Polokwane City drew 2-2 in an Absa Premiership match at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

As a result, Arrows remain second on the league table, while Polokwane climb up to 10th on the standings.

It took only eight minutes for Rodney Ramagalela to make it 1-0 to Polokwane after reacting to Jabulani Maluleke’s free-kick.

This was the hard-working forward’s sixth goal of the season which sees him placed at the top of the Absa Premiership scoring charts.

But the lead only lasted for three minutes as Zimbabwean striker Knox Mutizwa restored parity with a decent finish in the 13th minute.

Arrows, who were the home side, then dominated possession as they looked to take the lead for the first time on the day.

However, Chigova and his defence were able to contain the Polokwane attack which was led by Ramagalela.

The score was 1-1 during the half-time break following a first-half which was slightly dominated by Arrows.

The two sides created chances in the first 15 minutes of the second-half, but they could not hit the back of the net.

However, Sammy Seabi made it 2-1 to Polokwane with Ramagalela grabbing an assist in the 70th minute.

Arrows then piled pressure on the Polokwane defence and Thomas Chideu was intoduced by coach Clinton Larsen.

The striker snatched a late equalizing goal in stoppage time and the encounter ended in a 2-2 stalemate.

Arrows (1) 2 (Mutizwa 11′, Chideu 90+3′)

Polokwane (1) 2 (Ramagalela 8′, Seabi 70′)

Arrows: Gumede, Dube, Nkombelo, Mngwengwe, Mzava, Magubane (Jappie 60′), Bilankulu, Shongwe (N.Cele 60′), Mahachi, Mutizwa, Lamola.

Polokwane: Chigova, Ravhuhali, Semenya, Mbonani, Maponyane, Seabi, Maluleke, Phiri (Tlolane 68′), Ramagalela, Musona (Mngomezulu 64′), Ndou (Vilakazi 89′).

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Polokwane edge out Usuthu – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Samuel Mensah Darpoh of AmaZulu FC gets the ball before Sammy Seabi of Polokwane City FC during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between AmaZulu and Polokwane City at King Zwelithini Stadium, Durban on 18 October 2017 © Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Wednesday Oct 18, 2017. 21:52

Polokwane City recorded a 3-2 win over AmaZulu in an Absa Premiership match at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Wednesday night.

As a result, Usuthu slip down to 10th spot on the league table, while Rise and Shine move up to 11th spot on the log.

Usuthu started the match brightly – keeping possession nicely as they looked to unlock the Rise and Shine defence.

However, the visitors were awarded a free-kick in a Usuthu’s half and Ndivhuwo Ravhuhali scored from the set-piece in the 11th minute.

Despite having conceded, AmaZulu continue to attack in search of the equalizing goal with Butholezwe Ncube stamping his authority in the middle of the park.

Walter Maponyane, the Polokwane defender, was booked just after the half-hour mark with pressure mounting on the Rise and Shine defence.

However, the score was 1-0 to Polokwane at half-time after Polokwane keeper made some good saves to deny AmaZulu, while Boysen Mbatha missed the target from range.

Usuthu were able to restore parity through Rhulani Manzini’s free-kick which beat Chigova hands down – eight minuted after the restart.

Unfortunately, Polokwane restored their lead two minutes later through Walter Musona, who netted to make it 2-1 to Polokwane.

Cavin Johnson, the AmaZulu head coach, responded by introducing experienced forward Siyabonga Nomvethe on the hour-mark.

The home side pushed forward in numbers in search of the equalizing goal in the late stages of the match.

But the visitors extended their lead through Rodney Ramagalela, who scored with a decent shot in the 85th minute.

Mhlengi Cele did grab a late consolation goal for AmaZulu in the 90th minute and Polokwane managed to secure a 3-2 win over the hosts.

AmaZulu (0) 2 (Manzini 53′, Cele 90′)

Polokwane (1) 3 (Ravhuhali 11′, Musona 55′, Ramagalela 85′)

AmaZulu: S.Mbatha, M.Gumede, Mtsweni, Mngqibisa, Ouro-Akoriko (C), Darpoh (Mnguni 84′), Ncube, B.Mbatha (Nomvethe 60′), Ncobeni, Cele, Manzini (Ntsundwana 84′).

Polokwane: Chigova, Senenya, Ravhuhali, Mbonani, Maponyane, Seabi, Phiri, Musona (Hlongwane 72′, Ramagalela, Maluleke, Ndou (Booi 82′).

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Arrows fight back to claim 1-1 draw in Polokwane – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Wayde Jooste of Golden Arrows challenged by Sipho Moeti of Baroka during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Baroka FC and Golden Arrows at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, South Africa on 17 October 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Oct 18, 2017. 21:33

Golden Arrows fought back from a goal down to claim a 1-1 draw away to Absa Premiership leaders Baroka FC at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The result means both Bakgaga and Abafana Bes’thende retain their unbeaten records in the league this season, with the teams in first and second place on the log respectively.

The teams traded early half-chances before Baroka claimed the lead in the 15th minute: Gift Motupa pressured goalkeeper Nkosingiphile Gumede into a mistake on the edge of his own box and midfielder Sipho Moeti latched onto the loose ball to score with a first-time strike into the unguarded net.

Midway through the first half Gumede nearly cost his team another goal, with the gloves-man lucky that his indecisiveness wasn’t punished by Bakgaga, while just past the half hour mark Arrows needed Limbikani Mzava to clear an effort off his own goal line.

The final minutes of the first half saw Abafana Bes’thende throw numbers forward in search of an equaliser, but Baroka held firm to ensure they went into the break with their 1-0 lead intact.

After the interval, Arrows continued where they left off in the first half and created a couple of good chances for Kuda Mahachi, who first blazed a shot just wide in the 48th minute, and in the 50th he was denied by a sharp save from Virgil Vries.

On the hour mark, following an Arrows double substitution which saw the introduction of Jabulani Shongwe and Yusuf Jappie, the visitors carved out an opening for striker Lerato Lamola, who struck his shot just wide of the target.

A couple of minutes later Gumede redeemed himself with a fine save to palm away a goal-bound header from Shaku Olaleng and keep his side in the contest, while Siphelele Magubane soon headed wide at the other end.

Abafana Bes’thende even had an indirect free kick inside Baroka’s box after Vries handled a back-pass, but Jappie struck his effort from the set-piece wide of goal to once again let the home side’s defence off the hook.

However, Arrows’ equaliser finally arrived in the 75th minute: Shongwe provided a fine pass to give Magubane a sight of goal and the attacker finished with a low, left-footed shot into the bottom corner to make it 1-1.

Baroka will feel they should have won the game when they had the final clear chance in the 85th minute, but substitute Lucky Nguzana was superbly denied by Gumede, who made a one-handed save to ensure the game finished all square.

Baroka FC (1) 1 (Moeti 15’)

Golden Arrows (0) 1 (Magubane 75’)

Baroka: Vries, Mothupa, Shaku, Mdatsane, Masenamela, Banda, Madubanya, Moeti (Kgaswane 68’), Matloga (Sidumo 82’), Motupa, Macha (Nguzana 60’)

Arrows: Gumede, Dube, Mzava, Mngwengwe, Nkombelo, Bilankulu (Shongwe 58’), Cele, Magubane, Mahachi (Mutizwa 71’) , Jooste (Jappie 58’), Lamola

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Polokwane look to end losing streak

Tlou Segolela of Polokwane City is challenged by Ntsikelelo Nyauza of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Polokwane City on the 25 February 2017 at Orlando Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Friday Sep 29, 2017. 16:00

Polokwane City will look to end their losing streak in the Absa Premiership when they host Orlando Pirates at Peter Mokaba Stadium on 30 September 2017, kick-off at 20h15.

Polokwane suffered a fourth successive defeat when they were controversially beaten 1-0 at Cape Town City on September 22. The Limpopo side saw Lehlohonolo Majoro score from a penalty deep in injury time to deny them a share of the spoils.

Rise and Shine must stop the rot as quickly as possible and a first home win of the season (they have taken just one point from three games as hosts), particularly against one of the early front-runners in Orlando Pirates, would be a great reprieve.

Pirates saw their unbeaten start to the season come to an end on September 23 when they were beaten 1-0 at Bidvest Wits. The Soweto side conceded an early goal and were unable to fight their way back into the game, missing out on a chance to go to the top of the log.

The Buccaneers and coach Milutin Sredojevic will be looking to improve their away form: they have yet to win on the road this season and have managed just one goal in three completed matches.

In head-to-head stats, City and Pirates have met in eight league matches since 2013/14. The Buccaneers have claimed three wins compared to one for Rise and Shine, while no less than four matches have been drawn. The Soweto side boasts an unbeaten home record in the rivalry, with two wins and two draws from four matches.

Last season the teams shared the spoils in both matches: they played to a 1-1 draw in Polokwane in the first half of the campaign, followed by a draw of the same score in the return game in Soweto. In fact, the teams have played to draws in their last four successive league meetings.

Polokwane’s line-up from their 1-0 loss to CT City on September 22: Ndlovu, Semenya, Maponyane, Ravhuhali, Tshilo, Seabi, Phiri, W. Maluleke (J. Maluleke 63′), Mngomezulu (Ndou 94′), Musona (Klaas 63′), Ramagalela.

Pirates’ line-up from their 1-0 loss to Wits on September 23: Sandilands, Maela, Nyauza, Matlaba, Dube, Jele, Nyatama, Lorch (Makola 57′), Qalinge (Morrison 71′) , Foster (Kutumela 52′), Gabuza.

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Cape Town City beat stubborn Polokwane City – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Lehlohonolo Majoro of Cape Town City

Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Sep 22, 2017. 22:12

Cape Town City defeated Polokwane City 1-0 in an Absa Premiership match at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday night.

As a result, the Citizens climb up to fourth spot on the league standings, while Rise and Shine remain 14th on the log.

The visitors threatened first through Salulani Phiri, whose effort forced City goalkeeper Sage Stephens into a comfortable save just nine minutes into the match.

The Citizens were able to keep possession well, but they were struggling to unlock the Rise and Shine defence which was led by the experienced Thapelo Tshilo.

Stephens was also called into action in the 22nd minute and he pulled off a decent save to deny Polokwane full-back Ndivhuwo Ravhuhali’s free-kick.

With seven minutes left before half-time, Lehlohonolo Majoro found some space outside the Polokwane box and he hit the upright.

Nevertheless, the score was 0-0 at half-time between City and Polokwane.

An action-packed second-half followed as the home side took control of the match with Lyle Lakay narrowly missing the target.

His City team-mate Majoro also came close in the 71st minute with curling shot missing the Polokwane goal-posts.

Majoro thought he had snatched a late winner in the 88th minute, but the goal was disallowed as the striker was ruled offside.

However, the striker did score the winning goal in stoppage time as he converted from the spot-kick after City were awarded a late penalty.

City ran out 1-0 winners over Polokwane after containing the visitors in the closing stages of the encounter.

CT City (0) 1 (Majoro 98′)

Polokwane (0) 0

CT City: Stephens, Mkhize, Gumede (Fielies 53′), Johannes, Seedat, Nodada, Matsi, Obinna (Akosah-Bempah 79′), Lakay, Patosi (Martin 68′), Majoro.

Polokwane: Ndlovu, Semenya, Maponyane, Ravhuhali, Tshilo, Seabi, Phiri, W. Maluleke (J.Maluleke 63′), Mngomezulu (Ndou 94′), Musona (Klaas 63′), Ramagalela.

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Free State Stars edge out Polokwane City – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Daniel Cardoso of Kaizer Chiefs challenges Mohammed Anas of Free State Stars during the 2017 Maize Cup match between Free State Stars and Kaizer Chiefs on the 15 July 2017 at James Motlatsi Stadium, Orkney © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Sep 19, 2017. 21:49

Free State Stars overcame Polokwane City 3-2 in an Absa Premiership match at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday.

As a result, Ea Lla Koto climbed up to the 12th spot on the league table, while Rise and Shine drop down to position 13 on the log.

The match got off to a lively start and it was Ea Lla Koto, who broke the deadlock through Mohammed Anas 15 minutes into the game.

The Ghanaian striker beat Polokwane goalkeeper George Chigova from close range following an error by the latter.

The Zimbabwean shot-stopper was then beaten again in the 23rd minute and once again it was Anas, who made it 2-0 to Stars.

Ea Lla Koto were in complete control of the match and they extended their lead a minute later, and this time it was Paulus Masehe.

The Stars veteran made it 3-0 with a shot from range, but he then sent off in the 38th minute after collecting his second yellow card.

Nevertheless, Stars’ 10 men managed to contain Polokwane in the remaining minutes of the first-half and the score was 3-0 to the visitors at half-time.

Polokwane pushed for their first goal of the match after the restart and they managed to pull one back through Zimbabwean Walter Musona.

The first-half substitute headed past Stars shot-stopper Badre Ali Sangare, who was beaten for the first time on the night.

The Ivorian keeper then denied Puleng Tlolane in the 66th minute as Rise and Shine continued to pile pressure on the Ea Lla Koto defence.

But Sangare was beaten in the 80th minute when Sammy Seabi scored with a header, but Stars stood firm at the back in the remaining minutes and they won 3-2.

Polokwane (0) 2 (Musona 58′, Seabi 80′)

FS Stars (3) 3 (Anas 15′, 23′, Masehe 24′)

Polokwane: Chigova, Tshehla, Tshilo, Hlongwane, Mbonani, Seabi, Jacobs (Musona 30′), Mngomezulu (Ndou 64′), Maluleke, Ramagalela, Tlolane (Mokondelela 89′).

FS Stars: Sangare, Masehe, Mobbie, Keita, Phungwayo, Mbhele, Vilakazi, Potsane (Mashego 60′), Manqele (Abbubakar 41′), Anas (73′), Jantjie.

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Polokwane out to avoid third straight defeat – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Thapelo Tshilo of Polokwane City celebrate scoring a goal during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 game between Polokwane City and Kaizer Chiefs at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on 13 May 2017 ©/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Monday Sep 18, 2017. 07:52

Polokwane City and Free State Stars will both be determined to avoid a third successive Absa Premiership defeat when they meet at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on 19 September 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

City suffered a second loss on the bounce when they were beaten 2-0 at Ajax Cape Town in September 15. The Polokwane side’s previous match saw them downed 2-1 at home by Bloemfontein Celtic just three days prior.

Coach Bernard Molekwa’s side have claimed just one point from two home matches in 2017/18, with their other turn as host ending in a goalless draw against regional rivals Baroka FC in the opening round of the league campaign.

Stars have also been beaten two successive times and are still awaiting their first win of the 2017/18 season. The Free State side’s last outing was a 1-0 away loss at the hands of Baroka FC on September 16.

Ea Lla Koto’s other away match this season was at AmaZulu and also ended in a 1-0 loss. New coach Luc Eymael will want to stop the rot quickly and ensure that his side doesn’t find themselves in a relegation scrap from so early in the campaign.

In head-to-head stats, Polokwane and Stars have met in eight league matches since 2013/14. The record between the teams is almost dead-even: three wins apiece, two draws, while Rise and Shine have outscored Ea Lla Koto 12 goals to 11.

However, the Limpopo side do not have a great home record against their Free State counterparts, with one win, one draw and two defeats from four matches as hosts. Rise and Shine completed a league ‘double’ over Stars last season, winning 1-0 in Polokwane and 2-1 in the return game in Bethlehem.

The teams’ eight league meetings have produced no less than 23 goals.

Polokwane’s line-up from their 2-0 loss to Ajax on September 15: Chigova, Hlongwane, Mbonani, Maponyane, Tshehla, Klaas (Mngomezulu 80′), Musona, Seabi, Jacobs (Tlolane 88′), Maluleke (Ndou 80′), Ramagalela.

Stars’ line-up from their 1-0 loss to Baroka on September 16: Sangare, Mbhele, Phungwayo, Mobbie, Keita, Vilakazi, Jantjie, Masehe, Hlubi (Nono 57′), Mokhuoane (Anas 68′), Mthembu (Venter 72′).

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Stars stumble against Baroka in Polokwane

Ntsikelelo Nyauza of Orlando Pirates tackles Mpho Kgaswane of Baroka FC during the Absa Premiership match between Baroka FC and Orlando Pirates on the 22 August 2017 at Peter Mokaba Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Sep 16, 2017. 17:41

Free State Stars are yet to win in the 2017/18 Absa Premiership campaign as they lost 1-0 to Baroka FC on Saturday afternoon in a league match at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium.

The third defeat leaves Ea Lla Koto sitting at number 15 on the log table with one point next to their name.

Although they dominated the encounter, the hosts netted through Mpho Kgaswane in the dying stages of the tie.

Despite a bright start for the hosts, the Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele failed to create clear cut opportunities in front of goal in the first 10 minutes.

However, Lucky Nguzana broke free in the 17th minute after receiving a great ball from the midfield, but the forward’s attempt to beat the oncoming goalkeeper, Ali Sangare, went narrowly wide.

On the half-hour mark, Nhlanhla Vilakazi tried a long range effort, but his well struck shot sailed wide of the target.

Towards the 40th minute, Sipho Moeti nearly found an opening goal for the hosts as he intercepted Paulus Masehe’s pass and launched an attack, but his effort was saved by Sangare..

Three minutes later, Sinethemba Jantjie outpaced the hosts defence but Vries closed the angle and the rebound went wide of the target.

It was 0-0 at half time.

Substitute Gift Motupa nearly made a huge impact in the encounter 15 minutes into the second half as he wanted to beat Sangare on his near post after a great cross from the right, but his effort hit the side of the net.

In the 78th minute, Moeti was fouled in the box and protested for a penalty, but referee Khulasande Qongqo waved play on.

Bakgaga finally broke the deadlock in the 85th minute when substitute Kgasane’s shot from the left wing was deflected to beat Sangare and sailed into the net, 1-0.

In the wake of the win, coach Kgoloko Thobejane’s men now occupy the second spot with eight points from four matches so far.

Baroka FC: (0) 1 (Kgaswane 85′)

Free State Stars: (0) 0

Baroka FC: Vries, Kgoetyane, Shaku, Banda, Mothupa, Moeti, Madubanya, Mdantsane, Chawapiwa (Ngalande 53′), Ntshangase (Motupa 55′), Nguzana (Kgaswane 67′)

Free State Stars: Sangare, Mbhele, Phungwayo, Mobbie, Keita, Vilakazi, Jantjie, Masehe, Hlubi (Nono 57′), Mokhuoane (Anas 68′), Mthembu (Venter 72′)

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Polokwane suffer first league defeat to Celtic – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Deon Hotto of Bloemfontein Celtic during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs at Free State Stadium on 20 August 2017 © Frikkie Kapp/BackpagePix

Staff Reporter

Tuesday Sep 12, 2017. 21:53

Rodney Ramagalela’s goal was not enough for Polokwane City as they lost their Absa Premiership game 2-1 against Bloemfontein Celtic on Tuesday night at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium.

The defeat leaves coach Bernard Molekwa’s troops sitting at number eight with four points from one win and a single draw.

Meanwhile, for the visiting Phuya Sele Sele, a brace through Ndumiso Mabena ensured they bagged their first win in the league.

The two outfits started to attack with high intensity and Celtic managed to get forward, but the shot went wide of goalkeeper George Chigova’s posts in the fourth minute.

However, three minutes later, Mabena found the back of the net as he sneaked in behind the hosts’ defence to beat Chigova.

With the hosts looking for an equaliser, they pressed Siwelele and tested keeper Patrick Tignyemb, who was equal to the task and collected the effort after the 17th minute.

In the 28th minute, Ramagalela was not to be denied as he found an equaliser as both sides were battling for possession and the forward used his pace to bypass Celtic’s defence and beat Tignyemb with a quality finish.

Despite their efforts to penetrate the hosts’ defence, coach Veselin Jelusic’s men were not clinical upfront as both were deadlocked at 1-1 at half time.

Upon their return from the tunnel, the two sides did not have a bright start, but Bernard Molekwa’s men fired a shot which went straight to Tignyemb, who collected with ease.

The last 20 minutes of the match saw skipper Jabulani Maluleke dishing out the passes in the heart of the park for Ramagalela, but Celtic were solid at the back.

However, the visitors managed to regain their lead when Mabena completed his brace in the 72nd minute after a loose ball fell for him in the box.

In the wake of the win, Celtic now have five points after two draws and one win as they sit at the seventh spot on the log table.

Polokwane City (1) 1 (Ramagalela 28′)

Bloemfontein Celtic (1) 2 (Mabena 7′ 72′)

Polokwane City: Chigova, Maponyane, Mbonani, Semenya, Hlongwane, Manaka (Vilakazi 56′), Seabi, Mngomezulu, Klaas (Tlolane 46′), Maluleke, Ramagalela

Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb, Pfumbidzai, Rikhotso, Ndengane, Mabena, Letsoalo (Nyundu 64′), Lubisi, Baloyi, Hotto, Phalane, Motshegwa

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Polokwane ready for Celtic challenge – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Thapelo Tshilo of Polokwane City celebrates his goal with teammates

Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Sep 11, 2017. 08:15

Polokwane City will look to continue their good early season Absa Premiership form when they host Bloemfontein Celtic at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on 12 September 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

Polokwane have claimed four points from their first two matches of the campaign, with a 1-1 draw at home to provincial rivals Baroka FC followed by an impressive 2-1 away win over giants Mamelodi Sundowns – former Brazilians man Rodney Ramagalela scored a brace of goals.

Rise and Shine would have been disappointed to see their momentum disrupted by the international break, but a home clash to restart their campaign is a welcome challenge and coach Bernard Molekwa will be targeting all three points.

Celtic have had a steady if unspectacular start to the 2017/18 season, playing to successive 1-1 draws against Kaizer Chiefs (home) and Golden Arrows (away). The Free State side will want to bring up their first win as soon as possible, to ease any fears of a tough campaign.

Phunya Sele Sele coach Veselin Jelusic has yet to get the best out of his new side and will hope that a reset after the international break and the challenge of facing a feisty Polokwane brings a new level performance out of the men in green and white hoops.

In head-to-head stats, Polokwane and Celtic have met in eight league matches since 2013/14. The Bloemfontein team has claimed four wins compared to two for their Limpopo counterparts, while two matches have ended in draws. Rise and Shine have a mixed record at home to Phunya Sele Sele with two wins and two losses from four matches as hosts.

Last season Celtic took four points off City, first playing to a goalless draw in Bloemfontein in the first half of the campaign, before claiming a 1-0 away win in Polokwane in the return – Lyle Lakay (now with Cape Town City) scored the goal in what proved to be Phunya Sele Sele’s last win of 2016/17.

Polokwane’s line-up from their 2-1 win over Sundowns on 22 August: Chigova, Semenya, Tshilo, Mbonani, Hlongwane, Klaas, Manaka (Vilakazi 86’), J. Maluleke, Seabi, Mngomezulu (Booi 70’), Ramagalela (Tlolane 86’).

Celtic’s line-up from their 1-1 draw with Arrows: Tignyemb, Baloyi, Rikhotso, Letlabika, Motshegwa (Mashikinya 74′), Mahlasela, Hotto, Phalane, Ndengane, Mabena (Jembula 73′), Nyundu.

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Sundowns ready for Polokwane clash

Sipho Jembula of Polokwane City challenges Fares Hachi of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Polokwane City on the 14 March 2017 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Monday Aug 21, 2017. 11:30

Mamelodi Sundowns will target a second successive win at the start of the new Absa Premiership season when they host Polokwane City at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on 22 August 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

Sundowns opened their campaign with a morale-boosting 2-0 away win over Tshwane rivals SuperSport United this past weekend. Goals from midfielders Hlompho Kekana and Themba Zwane saw Pitso Mosimane’s team shrug off a shock defeat in the MTN8 quarterfinals earlier this month.

The Brazilians lost just one home match in the league last season and will be looking to keep up that kind of form as hosts, hoping that it will underpin another strong challenge for the Absa Premiership trophy.

Polokwane began their league season on somewhat of a disappointing note as they were held goalless at home by provincial rivals Baroka FC. The team clad in orange would have been hoping for a victory at home to one of the top flight’s so-called ‘minnows’, but they were unable to prise open their opponent’s defence.

Rise and Shine drew most of their away matches last term (eight from 15 games on the road) and coach Bernard Molekwa would probably consider a sharing of the spoils a very respectable result against a heavyweight like ‘Downs.

In head-to-head stats, Sundowns and Polokwane have clashed in eight league matches since 2013/14. The Brazilians have generally dominated the rivalry, claiming five wins compared to just one for Rise and Shine. ‘Downs are also unbeaten at home against City, with two wins and two draws from four turns as hosts.

The teams’ two league meetings in 2016/17 saw the Brazilians claim four points: Pitso Mosimane’s men won 2-0 in Polokwane in the first half of the season, while the return game in Tshwane ended in a goalless stalemate. ‘Downs are unbeaten in their last seven league clashes against Polokwane.

Sundowns’ line-up from their 2-0 win over SuperSport on 19 August: Onyango, Morena, Madisha, Soumahoro, Langerman, T. Zwane, Kekana, Manyisa, Lebese (Zakri 56’), Billiat, Tau (Laffor 77’).

Polokwane’s line-up from their 0-0 draw with Baroka on 19 August: Chigova, Mbonani, Tshilo, Hlongwane, Semenya, Maluleke, Seabi, Mngomezulu, Ramagalela, Mncwango (Booi 78′), Manaka (Phiri 81′).

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2017 MTN8: Cape Town City 1-0 Polokwane City – As it happened – MTN8 2017

Graeme Jackson

Saturday Aug 12, 2017. 16:47

Welcome to coverage of the 2017 MTN8 quarterfinal between Cape Town City and Polokwane City from the Cape Town Stadium.

Last night we saw defending champions Bidvest Wits edge into the semifinal thanks to a penalty shootout win over Golden Arrows, with the teams having drawn 2-2 in Johannesburg. This match in the ‘Mother City’ saw the hosts become the second team into tomorrow’s semifinal draw.

Match commentary:
All times CAT

90+5′ – Full time – Done and dusted, CTC have won 1-0 and advance into the semifinals! A deserved win given the number of chances they made, but coach Benni McCarthy will want to see better finishing in the future.

90+3′ – CTC sitting deep but looking very dangerous on the counter attack…

90+1′ – Substitution – Manyama makes way for Ebrahim Seedat in CT City’s final change.

90′ – There will be five minutes of added time.

87′ – Manyama goes down with cramp, no doubt looking to eat up a bit of time for his team.

84′ – Yellow card – Hlongwane into the book for a high foot near Lakay’s head.

83′ – Substitution – Majoro makes way for Mpho Matsi in CTC’s second change of the match.

80′ – Substitution – Wiseman Maluleke replaces Seabi in Polokwane’s last change.

78′ – Substitution – Polokwane swap Tlolane out for Thobani Mncwango.

77′ – Manyama breaks away on the counter, plays in Majoro… who is denied by Chigova!

75′ – Polokwane’s Tlolane is receiving some treatment for cramp. The visitors are readying two substitutes…

71′ – Less than 20 minutes of regulation time left. Will the hosts’ missed chances come back to haunt them?

69′ – Patosi with a chance, his shot is saved by Chigova… the rebound falls for Lakay, who drags his effort wide of the target!

66′ – Substitution – Ayanda Patosi makes his CTC debut as he replaces Masina.

65′ – CTC appeal for a penalty after Manyama’s shot is half blocked by a defender’s hand, but the referee isn’t interested.

61′ – Semenya overcooks a cross when Ramagalela would have had a simple finish at the far post!

60′ – Up to the hour mark, Cape Town City still enjoy a 1-0 lead after Mbonani’s first-half own goal.

56′ – Substitution – Polokwane’s first change sees Lorence Vilaklazi replace Phiri. Nicely worked chance from Polokwane and Tlolane trades passes with Maluleke, but his shot is easily saved by Walters.

55′ – Majoro with a sight of goal after he sneaks between two defenders, but his effort is straight at Chigova.

53′ – Seabi makes a vital intervention in defence as Lakay’s cross from the left almost hands Majoro a clear scoring chance.

52′ – Masina looks to get a header on target, but he’s flagged offside.

49′ – Tlolane gets in behind the defence from the left of the penalty area and is denied from a tight angle by goalkeeper Walters!

46′ – Back underway in the second half, no changes from either team at the break.

45+2′ – Half time – There’s the whistle for the interval, with CT City deservedly holding a 1-0 lead. Can Rise and Shine come back into the game in the second half?

45+1′ – This time Mbonani does well at the other end to prevent Putsche having a tap-in from Masina’s excellent cross.

45′ – Mngomezulu arrives late to meet a low cross, but Dove does just enough to ensure the winger’s effort is spooned over the crossbar.

42′ – Yellow card – Mbonani goes into the book just a few minutes after his own goal.

40′ – Lakay with a snap shot from just outside the box, but the ball skips well wide of the mark.

38′ – GOAL! CTC 1-0 Polokwane – CTC claim the lead through an unlikely source, as poor Mbonani tries to cushion a header back to his goalkeeper but puts a looping effort over Chigova for an own goal!

37′ – Putsche with a sight of goal, but his low effort is blocked by Mbonani!

34′ – Ramagalela cuts inside from the left and shoots from within the box, but Johannes makes a vital block!

33′ – Polokwane with a free kick out wide on the right. Maluleke tries to pick out Seabi at the far post, but his effort has too much on it.

29′ – Yellow card – CTC’s Mkhize is booked for a clumsy challenge from behind on Mngomezulu.

28′ – Manyama free in the box with a clear sight of goal, but he slips at the vital moment and the chance is gone!

26′ – Cape Town have a goal ruled out for offside after Majoro taps-in from Lakay’s low cross… TV replays suggest the hosts were hard done by.

25′ – Super skill from Mngomezulu to skip past Dove, before his cross is put behind for a corner kick. The set piece from captain Maluleke is well defended by CT City.

23′ – Up the midway point of the first half, still goalless between the ‘Citizens’ and ‘Rise and Shine’.

19′ – Polokwane’s Tlolane is incorrectly flagged offside, robbing the visitors of a good scoring chance.

15′ – Manyama with a great pass to put Majoro in on goal, but the striker’s quick attempt is comfortably saved by Chigova!

14′ – The hosts are settling into a pattern of possession, with Polokwane happy to sit back for now.

11′ – Masina whips in a cross from the right, but it’s straight at Chigova, who makes an easy catch and sends Polokwane away on the counter attack.

9′ – Yellow card – Seabi is deservedly booked for a cynical foul on Masina, who was threatening to open up Polokwane’s defence.

7′ – Both teams very eager to hit on the break and possession is being turned over regularly in these opening minutes.

4′ – Mngomezulu pulls a shot/cross that skips across the penalty area but doesn’t threaten CTC’s defence. End-to-end stuff so far.

2′ – The first chance of the match sees Majoro with a sight of goal, but his left-footed attempt from a tight angle hits the side netting.

1′ – Kick-off – We are underway at Cape Town Stadium! Cape Town City wear their home strip of blue and yellow, while Polokwane City are in all orange.

14h55 – Five minutes to kick-off, and we have confirmation that Thabo Nodada has replaced Modise in the starting XI.

14h45 – Breaking news in regards to the line-ups, with Teko Modise ruled out after picking up an injury in the warm-up.

14h30 – There’s 30 minutes to kick-off in Cape Town, here are the starting line-ups for the teams:

Cape Town City: Walters, Mkhize, Johannes, Gumede, Dove, Masina, Putsche, Nodada, Lakay, Manyama, Majoro

Polokwane City: Chigova, Semenya, Mbonani, Tshilo, Hlongwane, Maluleke, Seabi, Phiri, Mngomezulu, Ramagalela, Tlolane

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CT City demolished in Polokwane – ABSA Premiership 2016/17

Jabulani Maluleke of Polokwane City ©Samuel Shivambu/Backpagepix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday May 27, 2017. 17:31

Cape Town City did not finish their 2016/17 Absa Premiership campaign on a high as they lost 4-2 to Polokwane City on on Saturday afternoon at Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Aubrey Ngoma and Lehlohonolo Majoro scored for City and the Capetonians will now play in the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup, as they finished at number three with 55 points.

For the hosts, goals came through Jabulani Maluleke, Thabiso Semenya, Sibusiso Mbonani and Vusi Mngomezulu.

The visiting Citizens had a bright start as they put their hosts under pressure from the first whistle.

Ngoma netted for the Telkom Knockout champions from a well-struck set piece in the first minute to beat goalkeeper George Chigova.

Five minutes later, Majoro doubled their led when he finished a beautiful assist from his skipper Lebogang Manyama.

With the hosts trying to dominate the proceedings, they pushed defender Robyn Johannes to commit a foul and skipper Jabulani Maluleke scored from a fine set piece in the 18th minute.

The 37th minute saw Chigova called to produce a fine save as he parried the ball away from danger to deny Ngoma from claiming his brace.

But with five minutes to go to half time, Semenya made it 2-2 for the hosts as he finished off Sipho Jembula’s delivery. It was 2-2 at he interval.

However, Bernard Molekwa’s men bounced back with more hunger as they claimed a lead through Mbonani, who converted from Maluleke’s corner kick in the 50th minute.

In the 71st minute, Mngomezulu proved to be a super sub when he made it 4-2 for Rise and Shine as they dominated the proceedings.

The win for the hosts sees them sitting at the sixth spot with 43 points from 30 league as they qualify for the MTN8 for the first time in their history.

Polokwane City (2) 4 (Maluleke 18′, Semenya 40′,Mbonani 50′, Mngomezulu 71′)

Cape Town City (2) 2 (Ngoma 1′, Majoro 6′)

Polokwane City: Polokwane: Chigova, Semenya, Phiri (Vilakazi 63′), Mbonani, Hlongwane, Tshilo, Ramagalela (Kanyenda 78′), Seabi, Jembula (Mngomezulu 69′) , Maluleke, Tlolane

Cape Town City: Walters, Kobola, Gumede, Johannes, Seedat (Seedat 72′), Manyama, Koapeng (Dubula 46′), Nodada, Jayiya (Moseamedi 58′), Ngoma, Majoro

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Battle of the Cities in Polokwane – ABSA Premiership 2016/17

Lehlohonolo Majoro of Cape Town City celebrates © Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Friday May 26, 2017. 10:20

Polokwane City and Cape Town City will wrap up their Absa Premiership campaigns with a match at the old Peter Mokaba Stadium on 27 May 2017, kick-off at 15h00.

Polokwane suffered a second defeat in their last three league matches when they were beaten 2-0 at Bidvest Wits on May 17.

The Limpopo side has claimed 23 points from 14 matches this season.

Rise and Shine are placed sixth on the Absa Premiership log with 40 points from 29 matches.

CTC claimed their 16th league win of the season when they defeated Golden Arrows 1-0 at home on May 17.

The Cape Town side has claimed 22 points from 14 away matches this season.

The Citizens are placed third on the Absa Premiership log with 55 points from 29 matches.

In head-to-head stats, Polokwane and CTC have met in just one previous top flight league match.

That encounter took place earlier this season, with the Citizens claiming a 2-0 home win in Cape Town.

Polokwane’s line-up from their 2-0 loss to Wits: Chigova, Semenya, Phiri, Hlongwane, Tshilo, Mngomezulu, Ramagalela, Tema (Maponyane 83′), Vilakazi, Manaka (Tlolane 65′), Musona (Ndou 48′).

CTC’s line-up from their 1-0 win over Arrows: Walters, Seedat, Johannes, Gumede, Mkhize, Putsche (Nodada 61′), Mokeke, Ngoma, Jayiya (Moseamedi 70′), Manyama, Majoro (Koapeng 79′).

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Polokwane claim first win over Chiefs – ABSA Premiership 2016/17

Thapelo Tshilo of Polokwane City

Graeme Jackson

Saturday May 13, 2017. 20:28

A second-half goal from Thapelo Tshilo saw Polokwane City claim their first win over Kaizer Chiefs.

The Absa Premiership clash at a rainy Peter Mokaba Stadium saw Rise and Shine emerge 1-0 victors to move to 40 points in sixth place, while Amakhosi remain in fifth on 47 points.

Chiefs created the game’s first clear opening in the 12th minute when George Lebese broke through in attack, but his cross/shot flew across the face of goal and was no threat to ‘keeper George Chigova.

Just past the quarter hour mark Polokwane thought they had put Vusimuzi Mngomzeulu through on goal to be one-on-one with Itumeleng Khune, but the assistant referee’s offside flag pulled him up short.

The Amakhosi grew in strength as the half wore on and in the 38th minute they called Chigova into action again, with Keagan Buchanan’s attempted curler from just outside the box denied by a diving save from the ‘keeper.

The teams traded half-chances in the early stages of the second half, before Chiefs looked to bring more pace into their attack with the introduction of Gustavo Paez in place of Bernard Parker just past the hour mark.

City followed suit by replacing Walter Musona with Rendani Ndou, who had a great chance when he burst through the defence in the 74th minute, but his toke-poke at goal was well saved by Khune.

However, Chiefs’ poor defending from the subsequent corner kick was punished by Rise and Shine, with defender Thapelo Tshilo able to able to sweep home a low shot from close range to break the deadlock in favour of his team.

Rather than upping their game to fight back in the contest, it was Polokwane who looked the likelier scorers in the dying minutes, especially when Mngomzeulu’s deflected shot in the 88th minute drifted just wide of the target.

Polokwane City (0) 1 (Tshilo 75’)

Kaizer Chiefs 0

Polokwane: Chigova, Semenya, Tema, Tshilo, Hlongwane, Phiri, Seabi, J. Maluleke, Mngomezulu (Jembula 90+4’), Ramagalela, Musona (Ndou 70’)

Chiefs: Khune, Mphahlele, Gordinho, Mathoho, Masilela, Molangoane (Twala 81’), Maluleka, Buchanan (Moon 74’), Lebese, Ekstein, Parker (Paez 62’)

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