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Ndumiso Mabena helped Platinum Stars fight back from two goals down to force a
2-2 draw against Township Rollers and win the match 5-4 on penalties in the
opening match of the Maize Challenge played at Moruleng Stadium on Saturday
looked the stronger of the two teams in the opening minutes of the match with
Tlou Segolela and Mdudisi Nyanda threatening down the right and left flanks.
Rodgers and Robin Ngalande, who was among new faces at Platinum Stars, were
also involved in Dikwena’s early attacks though failed to yield any good
Johnson’s side finally had a shot on goal in the 8th minute with Nyanda’s
header hitting the post from a good ball played by Rodgers.
also tested the Rollers goalkeeper who paired the ball away to deny the Platinum
Stars lanky striker a goal in the 13th minute.
things turned for the worse as against the run of play, Rollers shocked the
home team with the opening goal of the match.
Ramatlhakwane capitalised on a mistake by Thabiso Semenya with the Botswana
international showing his goal scoring prowess with a brilliant run to beat the
defenders and break the deadlock in the 16th minute.
also fielded Senegalese central defender, Tall Gora, another new face for
the Rustenburg-based side.
were now in control of the match and added the second towards the end of the
first half through Segalome Boy, with a well taken strike that beat Dikwena
goalkeeper, Bouna Coundul.
start of the second half saw Johnson reacting with a number of changes
including in the goalkeeping department where new signing Mbongezi Mzimela,
signed from Chippa United, replaced Coundul.
attacking players in Mahlatsi Makudubela, Masibusane Zongo, Ndumiso Mabena and
Sibusiso Mthethwa were also introduced in place of Rodgers, Segolela, Nyanda
second half started at a low pace, but both Zongo and Makudubela looked lively
shortly after coming in.
it was just a matter of time before Mabena pulled one back for Dikwena as he
made a beautiful turn inside the box to score the goal and make it 2-1 giving
his team a chance of a comeback.
completed a great comeback in the 84th minute as he scored his second of the
match from a similar position to make it 2-2 and take the match to penalties.
won the match in penalties as Vuyo Mere, Tall, Mabena, Zulu and Makudubela all
netted from the spot to help win 5-4.
will meet Bloemfontein Celtic or Mpumalanga Black Aces in the final. That match
was scheduled to get underway straight after the first semi-final.