POLOKWANE CITY REMAIN IN PSL
By: Lungelo Ngcamu
Polokwane City have kept their place in the Absa Premiership after a 2-1 victory over fellow Limpopo side Black Leopards at the Giyani Stadium on Sunday.
The first half goals from Sipho Jembula and Vukile Mgqibisa were enough to see them playing in the PSL next season.
Lidoda Duhva conceded an early goal in first three minutes. Jembula scored from a well taken free kick by Gabalagwe Moyana. Moyana got a chance to extend the lead but his shot was denied by Jacob Mokhasie.
Polokwane showed their intentions early as they looked threatening whenever they had the ball. That led them scoring two goals in first stanza. Jembula and Jabulani Maluleke were a threat to Lidoda Duhva’s backline. Eventually they would score again, this time from the spot.
Mgqibisa netted the second goal in 27th minute after Jembula was fouled in 18 area box by Kenneth Owusu.
Leopards were forced to make changes in first half when Mokhasie suffered an injury after having a great save from Jembula’s third attempt.
Mokhasie’s replacement, Bafana Sibeko’s free kick was denied by cross bar as Leopards were trying to reduce the score. Kostadin Papic’s men dominated almost the entire game.
In 78th minute, Siphelele Ntshangase netted the only goal for Leopards. Fiver minutes later, pressure from Leopards saw Sandile Sibande getting his second yellow card to an early shower.
Polokwane coach, Bobbie Solomons, said after the game: “We’ve been working very hard throughout the week preparing for this match. And I think not to allow Leopards to play balls behind us in a first half did help us to punish them early.”
“According to me, we should have buried Black Leopards in first 30 minutes of the game but some chances were not converted into goals. I’m happy that we survived and I’m looking forward for the next season preparations,” Solomons added.
Leopards coach, Kostadin Papic said that they played well but they were unlucky.
“Mistakes always cost us, it cost us in last match, but in my opinion we played better today and we were best team. We did not convert chances. Unfortunately it’s not our time, maybe next time,” said Papic.
Meanwhile PSC CEO, Brand de Villiers congratulated Polokwani for keeping their place in the top flight football.
“I would like to congratulate Polokwane City chairman, technical staff, players and supporters for winning the Promotion Play-offs thus ensuring that they will be competing in the Absa Premiership 2014/15 season,” said de Villiers.
“I must also applaud Black Leopards and Milano United for putting spirited performances during the Promotion Play-offs.”