Polokwane City claim comfortable Nedbank Cup win

by Graeme Jackson

Wed March 08, 21:40

Polokwane City have joined Mamelodi Sundowns in the next round of the Nedbank Cup after claiming a 3-1 win over African All Stars on Wednesday night.

Rise and Shine barely had to get out of second gear to win at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium, with goals from Puleng Tlolane, Saulani Phiri and Walter Musona ensuring safe passage into the last 16.

All Stars gave a fine account of themselves in the first half, though predictably it was the PSL side who looked the more polished and potent outfit.

Rise and Shine duly broke the deadlock just past the midway point of the first half when some nifty work from former All Stars player Vusimuzi Mngomezulu set up Puleng Tlolane to score with a fine shot from the ‘D’ of the penalty area.

Tlolane was continuing his fine form against the ABC Motsepe League side, having scored the two goals against them when City won a Nedbank Cup last 32 tie 2-0 a year ago.

All Stars also needed goalkeeper Tebogo Dhlamini to make a couple of notable saves in the remainder of the first 45 minutes to keep his side in the contest up to half time.

The first chance of the second half went the way of the lower league side in the 54th minute, with Bheki Shabangu getting on the end of a good cross from the right flank, only to send his effort wide of the near post.

On 70 minutes they came within inches of an equaliser. Substitute Sthembiso Hlophe struck a superb shot onto the underside of the crossbar, while Regional Mhlanga’s follow-up header from the rebound (which was flagged offside) was well saved by George Chigova.

The near-miss seemed to scare Polokwane into a reaction and they doubled their lead in the 72nd minute through a superb long-range strike by Zambian Saulani Phiri – his first since joining Rise and Shine in the January transfer window.

The home side’s scoring was wrapped up in the 86th minute when substitute Walter Musona – the younger brother of Knowledge Musona – rounded goalkeeper Dhlamini and tapped in for 3-0 against a tiring opponent.

All Stars claimed a consolation goal in the final minute of regulation time, with Mohau Motaung converting a penalty.

Polokwane City (1) 3 (Tlolane 24’, Phiri 72’, Musona 86’)
African All Stars (0) 1 (Motaung 90’ pen)

City: Chigova, Semenya, Tshilo, Mbonani, Hlongwane (Maluleke 60’), Mngomezulu (Jembula 73’), Phiri, Vilakazi, Klaas, Tlolane, Ndou (Musona 82’)

Stars: Dhlamini, Khalishwayo, Mtsweni, Motaung, Hadebe, Shabangu, Mmuso, Gumede (Hlophe 55’), Mhlanga, Kgope (Filander 82’), Tshikweta (Mbamba 63’)

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