Cape Town - Baroka FC claimed a 1-0 smash-and-grab victory over Limpopo
rivals Polokwane City in a Nedbank Cup Round of 32 encounter at Peter Mokaba
Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Substitute Prince Nxumalo scored the all-important goal in
the 73rd minute with Bakgaga progressing despite having fewer of the
Polokwane City began in energetic fashion, taking the game
to their opponents and should have been in front after ten minutes.
Puleng Tlolane brought a fine save out of Elvis Chipezeze,
who had to dive low to his left to keep out the Rise and Shine midfielder's
fizzing grass-cutter in the opening exchanges.
And then Bongile Booi's cross from the right-hand side to
the near post was unluckily directed on the post and wide from Rise and Shine
striker Mohammed Anas in the ninth minute, with the visitors enjoying a lucky
In the 23rd minute, Bakgaga had their best opportunity of
the game thus far. Thamsanqa Masiya cut inside from the left-hand side and
struck the ball fiercely at goal but it rose narrowly over the bar.
With five minutes to go before the interval, Anas laid the
ball of kindly to Tlolane on the edge of the box, who hit the ball with the
outside of his foot but it curled just wide of the right-hand upright.
On the stroke of half-time, Baroka defender Denwin Farmer
gave the ball away but made a superb recovery, stretching every sinew of his
body to make a last-ditch block on Anas' shot.
Anas was taken off at half-time having been unable to shake
off an injury sustained early in the first half and replaced by Charlton
Booi came close on the hour-mark when he struck the ball
with the outside of his foot but it spun narrowly wide of the left-hand
Bakgaga took the lead against the run of play in the 73rd
minute when Nxumalo, who came on for Masiya in the 57th minute, kneed the ball
home from Gerald Phiri Jr's corner.
Dylan Kerr's side were looking to put the game to bed.
Nxumalo fed the ball into the feet of Ivan Mahangwahaya, who struck the ball
fiercely but it was wide of the left-hand upright.
Mashumba had a glorious opportunity to take the game to
extra time when he was unmarked in the box but could only direct his header
wide of the target as Bakgaga claimed the bragging rights in the provincial
derby but more importantly progressed to the last 16.
- TeamTalk Media