Polokwane City secure narrow win over Maritzburg United

Polokwane City secure narrow win over Maritzburg United
Edgar Manaka of Polokwane City challenged by Teboho Mokoena of Supersport United during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Supersport United and Polokwane City at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Atteridgeville South Africa on 23 January 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 27, 2018. 17:48

Polokwane City beat Maritzburg United 1-0 in an Absa Premiership match at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

As a result, Rise and Shine moved to third place on the league table, while the Team of Choice remained 13th on the standings.

Rise and Shine were hoping to record their second successive victory in the league after beating Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 away a fortnight ago.

While the Team of Choice were keen to return to winning ways in the league having drawn 0-0 with Cape Town City at home two weeks ago.

Maritzburg's attack was led by Mohau Mokate, who had netted as they beat Highlands Pak in the Telkom Knockout Cup clash last weekend.

The hard-running striker was tightly marked by Simphiwe Hlongwane, who has established himself as a key defender for the hosts this season.

Last season's Absa Premiership Golden Boot winner Rodney Ramagalela was working tirelessly for Polokwane upfront.

Polokwane and Maritzburg were unable to convert the few goalscoring opportunities that they created in the first-half.

The score was 0-0 at the interval in the city of Polokwane.

Polokwane head coach Jozef Vukusic made the first chance of the game six minutes after the restart.

Charles Baloyi, who was once on the books Platinum Stars, replaced Sammy Seabi as the hosts looked to break the deadlock.

The hosts did open the scoring two minutes after the hour-mark through hard-working midfielder Edgar Manaka.

Jabulani Maluleke set-up Manaka, who hit the back of the net to make it 1-0 to Polokwane - beating Maritzburg goalkeeper Richard Ofori.

Maritzburg coach Fadlu Davids responded by introducing Keletso Makgalwa, who is on loan at the Team of Choice from Mamelodi Sundowns.

However, the Rise and Shine defence which was marshaled by Hlongwane was able to contain the Team of Choice in the closing stages of the game.

Ultimately, Polokwane ran out 1-0 winners over Maritzburg on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

Polokwane (0) 1 (Manaka 62')
Maritzburg (0) 0

Polokwane: Ndlovu, Nkili, Mngomezulu, Hlongwane, Motloung (Mbonani 79'), Seabi (Baloyi 61'), Manaka, Maluleke, Phiri, 17. Ramagalela, 15. Musona (Booi 65').

Maritzburg: Ofori, Sanoka, Xulu, Shandu, Figariedo (Makgalwa 67'), De Reuck (Tlhone 88'), Allie, Makaringe, Zakri, Ndlovu, Mokate (Fileccia 81').



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