Cape Town - Polokwane City
claimed a 3-1 come-from-behind victory over relegation strugglers Black
Leopards in a Limpopo derby played at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday
Rise and Shine move in to fifth place with the victory, only four
points behind leaders Orlando Pirates, having played the same number of
games. Meanwhile, Leopards are in 12th position on the standings but sit
only a point above the relegation zone.
Leopards had the first decent opportunity of the game. Lefa Hlongwane
was played through down the right-hand side and went for goal from a
tight angle but his effort was well saved by the legs of City goalkeeper
Soon after, Leopards came close again and it was Hlongwane again as
his glancing header from a well-delivered corner went inches wide of the
City began to see a bit more of the ball after a couple of early
scares. Jabulani Maluleke found space on the overlap down the right-hand
side and hit a sweetly-struck volley which grazed the crossbar in the
Lefa Hlongwane was having a good game for Leopards and his clever
back-heel looked to have released Mwape Musonda through on goal but he
was not quick enough off the mark in getting to the ball with Chigova
gobbling up possession.
In the 20th minute, City striker Mohammed Anas had an opportunity to
get his shot away from a promising position but he took one touch too
many. Soon after, Musonda headed narrowly over for the visitors from a
Marks Munyai delivery.
Leopards took the lead in the 26th minute. Lefa Hlongwane whipped in a
dangerous cross from the left-hand side which was expertly headed down
in to the bottom left-hand corner by Musonda with Chigova having no
The visitors deserved their lead, having dominated possession and
territory and playing the better football of the two sides. In the 33rd
minute, Jean Munganga ran on to an excellent through ball from
goalkeeper King Ndlovu, but his attempted chip of Chigova, who was off
his line, sailed a couple of metres over the crossbar.
The hosts almost got back on level terms in the 38th minute. Bongile
Booi did well to evade his marker and cut the ball back across the box
but Anas missed the target when he should have scored.
Soon after, Salulani Phiri's blistering long-range effort went a
whisker wide of the right-hand upright. City swung the momentum of the
game back in their favour in the latter stages of the first-half and
were rewarded with an equalizer on the stroke of half-time. Booi played
the ball in to the feet of Puleng Tlolane, who opened up his body and
curled the ball brilliantly in to the top left-hand corner past the
outstretched fingertips of the diving Ndlovu.
Five minutes after the break, Leopards were caught napping by a
quickly-taken City free-kick as Booi played in Mpho Mvelase, whose
snapshot sneaked in to the bottom right-hand corner for a 2-1 lead.
Soon after, Josef Vukuzic's side almost had a third. Anas's strike
was parried away by Ndlovu and Booi's follow-up header came back off the
Although Wise and Shine had dominated the second half, conceding
seemed to spring Lidoda Duvha in to life. In the 58th minute, Musonda's
attempted shot deflected kindly in to the path of Joseph Mhlongo, whose
volley hit the side netting with the keeper beaten.
Leopards were searching for an equalizer while the hosts seemed to
content to sit back and absorb the pressure. Musonda and Karabo Tshepe
blazed efforts over the bar in quick succession, sending out a warning
In the 70th minute, Dylan Kerr's side came within inches of finding
an equalizer when Lefa Hlongwane's curling free-kick came back off the
crossbar when it looked destined for the top left-hand corner.
But the hosts scored their third against the run of play with ten
minutes to go. With Leopards pushing men forward in search of an
equalizer, Rise and Shine sprung the counter-attack, with Anas playing
in Maluleke before the latter returned the favour, playing the ball back
to Anas, who had a simple tap-in in to an empty net to seal the three