Cape Town - Golden Arrows’ unbeaten run in the Absa Premiership
was brought to an end as they were defeated 1-0 at the Princess Magogo Stadium
by Platinum Stars on Wednesday night.
Dikwena goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela was the
decisive figure in the match, saving and scoring from the penalty spot in the
second half to see the visitors win and Abafana Bes’thende lose – both for the
first time since the opening round of the season.
Stars created some good early chances to take the
lead, with Henrico Botes shooting wide in the sixth minute, before Luvolwethu
Mpeta had a shot on target from a free kick and forced Max Mbaeva into a fine
Arrows shuffled their pack just past the midway
point of the first half when they introduced attacker Kudawashe Mahachi in
place of Vuyani Ntanga, and the substitute didn’t take long to make an impact
as he set up Musa Bilankulu for a shot wide of target.
Bilankulu had the last effort at goal in the first
half following a corner kick from Wayde Jooste, but Mbongeni Mzimela punched
his effort clear to ensure the teams went into the break with the match locked
The teams exchanged chances early in the second
half, but Arrows were rocked when they were reduced to 10 men following the
dismissal of midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi. The former Bafana Bafana picked up
yellow cards in the 47th and 54th minutes to earn his expulsion.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, Abafana
Bes’thende won themselves a penalty just after the hour mark when Stars
defender Siphiwe Mnguni handled the ball in the 18-yard area. Clifton Miheso
took on the responsibility of the spot kick, but saw his effort well saved by
The Dikwena goalkeeper then went from penalty
stopper to penalty scorer, converting from the spot at the other end of the
field in the 69th minute to put the visitors 1-0 up, with Mbaeva
having brought down Ndumiso Mabena to concede the spot kick.
Mzimela continued to be in the middle of the
action, making two fine saves in the 76th and 79th
minutes to deny Sandile Dlamini and Jooste respectively as 10-man Arrows sought
a way back into the contest.
But any hope Arrows had of achieving that goal
went up in smoke when they had another man sent off in the dying minutes –
Nkanyiso Mngwengwe was shown