Cape Town - Platinum
Stars suffered a second successive Absa Premiership defeat as they fell 1-0 at
the hands of Polokwane City at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday.
result sees Dikwena fall eight points behind league leaders Bidvest Wits (who
beat Golden Arrows 3-2 at home), while Rise and Shine move into mid-table after
claiming a second straight victory.
started the brighter of the two sides and opened the scoring just nine minutes
into the match, with Sphesihle Nzimande converting from Jabu Maluleke’s assist
to make it 1-0 to the hosts.
was very lively in the opening quarter of the match, having a few more efforts
which threatened to add to Rise and Shine’s advantage but failed to find the
managed sporadic attacks in the opening half hour, but on 27 minutes they came
close to restoring parity when Bongi Ntuli fired a fine effort on goal, only
for Polokwane goalkeeper George Chigova to make an excellent save.
away side gradually began to assert themselves as the half wore on and Robert
Ng'ambi headed just over the crossbar from Tintswalo Tshabalala’s cross a
couple of minutes before the half time break.
made a change at the start of the second, sending on Tlou Segolela in place of
Sibusiso Hadebe, while just past the hour mark they threw on Eleazar Rodgers in
place of Letladi Madubanya in an effort to further boost their attack.
it was Polokwane who almost found a second goal in the 66th minute
when a corner kick saw Sibusiso Mbonani presented with a shooting chance, but
his effort was tipped over the crossbar by Mbongeni Mzimela.
teams created scoring opportunities in what remained of the match, but they
were unable to find the back of the net leaving the game to end 1-0 in favour
of Rise and Shine.
victory takes City to 12 points from 11 matches and propels them into ninth
position on the log. Dikwena, meanwhile, remain in fourth place on 18 points
from 10 matches.