Impressive Polokwane Sink 'Downs At Loftus
Absa Premiership Starting XI: Mameodi Sundowns v Polokwane City 22 August 2017
Result: Mamelodi Sundowns 1-2 Polokwane City
Date: 22 August 2017
Venue: Loftus Stadium
Rodney Ramagalela came back to haunt his former side, as he netted a brace to help Polokwane City claim a 2-1 win over Mamelodi Sundowns.
Sundowns enjoyed most of the possession in the early stages, but it was Polokwane who had the first real opening when Ramagalela fired a low effort inches wide of the upright.
The hosts should have broken the deadlock after 18 minutes when Percy Tau raced to byline before picking out Thokazani Sekotlong, who failed to connect with only George Chigova to beat.
Sekotlong was proving wasteful infront of goal, as the Sundowns striker squandered another two chances after 27 minutes.
The hosts were made to rue those missed chances as Polokwane took the lead in the 36th minute when Ramagalela slotted past Denis Onyango, following a poor clearance from Oupa Manyisa.
Sundowns ended the half as the stronger side despite falling behind, but they were unable to level matters before the break.
There was a lively tempo the start of the second half, and the hosts were awarded a penalty 10 minutes into the second half. George Lebese stepped up and made no mistake from 12-yards out, 1-1.
Rise and Shine looked to hit back and they were eventually rewarded in the 69th minute as Ramagalela turned Motjeka Madisha before firing home with a superb volley from 25-yards out.
Pitso Mosimane responded by introducing Yannick Zakri and Anthony Laffor for Sekotlong and Lebse in the 73rd minute.
With Sundowns pushing for an equaliser, Polokwane opted for fresher legs as Puleng Tlonane replaced Ramagalela before Fares Hachi came on for Manyisa in the 86th minute.
The Brazilians pushed everything forward in the closing stages in search of an equalising goal.
However, Rise and Shine managed to see off the late surge from Sundowns to claim their first win of the season.
Here's how they line up:
Sundowns: 14. Onyango, 29. Soumahoro, 32. Madisha, 27. Morena, 4. Langerman, 7. Manyisa (Hachi 88'), 8. Kekana, 22. Tau, 37. Sekotlong (Zakri 73'), 18. Zwane, 17. Lebese (Laffor 73').
Polokwane: 40. Chigova, 2. Semenya, 24. Hlongwane, 23. Mbonani, 4. Tshilo, 21. Seabi, 16. Mngomezulu, 17. Ramagalela (Tlolane 82'), 14. Manaka, 8. Maluleke, 15. Klaas.