Absa Premiership

Dikwena clinch Maize Challenge

2015-07-13 08:17
Eleazar Rodgers (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Eleazar Rodgers came from the bench to win the Bokone Bophirima Maize Challenge for Platinum Stars with a well taken header to hand Dikwena a 1-0 over Mpumalanga Black Aces in the final played at Moruleng Stadium.

The home team saw a lot of action with Masibusane Zongo in the thick of things, though they struggled to break Aces defence in search of goals.

It was Dikwena all the way during the opening exchanges of the match, but they failed to test AmaZayoni goalkeeper, Shu-Aib Walters, who was given the nod ahead of the other two goalkeepers.

AmaZayoni on the other hand were playing very deep and did not seem to be in a hurry to get goals.

They did however have a shot on goal with James Bell having an effort from outside the box, but failing to find the target.

Bell was later taken off and replaced by Bethuel Tukane, who seemed to bring some energy into Aces, as Muhsin Ertugral’s side played more attacking football towards the end of the first half.

The closest that Stars came to scoring was through Ndumiso Mabena in the 30th minute, though he headed a Gift Sithole’s cross wide.

Mabena was handed another chance from a long ball played by Tintswalo Tshabalala, but the striker failed to connect with the ball properly, as his effort went wide.

The game headed into the interval goalless.

The second half started at a slow pace and both teams struggled to create clear goal-scoring chances.

Lack of goals saw Dikwena bringing in Mduduzi Nyanda and Sibusiso Msomi and the duo seemed to breathe some life into Cavin Johnson’s side.

Nyanda then came very close to breaking the deadlock following a moment of brilliance, but missed the target.

The first goal of the match finally came as substitute Eleazar Rodgers, out-jumped the Aces defenders to put his team ahead with a well taken header from Gift Sithole’s cross in the 76th minute.

Ertugral reacted by bringing in experienced campaigners Collins Mbesuma and Aubrey Ngoma  on, with a hope to get back to the game, but Dikwena held on to win the match 1-0 and clinch the Maize challenge, despite a late flurry from Aces.

Read more on:    platinum stars  |  psl  |  eleazar rodgers  |  soccer


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019
AmaZulu v Orlando Pirates, King Zwelithini Stadium 19:30
Mamelodi Sundowns v Cape Town City, Lucas Moripe Stadium 19:30
Saturday, 24 August 2019
Golden Arrows v Chippa United, Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium 15:00
Black Leopards v Highlands Park, Thohoyandou Stadium 15:00
Kaizer Chiefs v SuperSport United, FNB Stadium 18:00
Sunday, 25 August 2019
Stellenbosch v Maritzburg United, Athlone Stadium 15:00
Baroka FC v Bloemfontein Celtic, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

And the 2019/20 Absa Premiership champions will be ... ?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.