Bongi Ntuli of Platinum Stars challenged by Sibusiso Mbonani of Polokwane City during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Polokwane City and Platinum Stars at the Old Peter Stadium, South Africa on 19 April 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Saturday May 27, 2017. 17:37
Platinum Stars claimed a 1-0 win over SuperSport United in their last match of their 2016/17 Absa Premiership campaign on Saturday afternoon at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.
Dikwena netted through striker Bonginkosi Ntuli, but the win was not enough for them to reach the MTN Cup in 2018 as they are placed at number nine on the log with 37 points.
It was a quiet start in the Capital City, but Vuyo Mere nearly handed the visitors the lead when his long range effort went inches wide in the tenth minute.
For Stuart Baxter's men, it took them time to settle down in the encounter and to create goalscoring chances.
However, it was Thabo Mnyamane whose attempt went wide failing to produce a save from Stars goalkeeper Stephen Hoffman in the 28th minute.
With chances few and far between in the encounter, Mere led by example as he unleashed a powerful shot which was swallowed by United stopper Ronwen Williams in the 36th minute.
It was 0-0 at half time.
Two minutes into the second half Ntuli broke the deadlock for Dikwena as he finished from close range with a beautiful left footed shot, 1-0.
The Tshwane giants put more numbers forward as they tried to grab an equaliser, but Hoffman and his defence stood firm at the back.
United's best chance came in the 84th minute when substitute Aubrey Modiba forced the Dikwena keeper to produce a fine save.
As they continued their attack, United dominated the Rustenburg-based side and Reneilwe Letshlonyane broke free in the 92nd minute only to see his effort going wide.
For United, the defeat means they finish their campaign at number five on the log table with 48 points from 30 league matches.
SuperSport United: (0) 1
Platinum Stars: (0) 1 (Ntuli 47')
SuperSport United: SuperSport: Williams, Boxall, Daniels, Gould, Bhasera, Furman, Letsholonyane, Masango (Phala 46'), Mnyamane, Grobler (Modiba 46'), Brockie (Nkhatha 76')
Platinum Stars: Hoffman, Sithole, Zulu, Mere (Khunou 76'), Mwedihanga, De Jongh, Mkhabela, Phiri Jnr, Nale (Tshabalala 85'), Ntuli, Shilongo (Gwabeni 79')