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Celtic Hand Polokwane Eighth Straight Loss

Absa Premiership

Result: Polokwane City 0-1 Bloemfontein Celtic

Date: 30 November 2019

Venue: Old Peter Mokaba Stadium

Polokwane City suffered an eighth straight defeat in all competitions following a 1-0 loss to Bloemfontein Celtic in the Absa Premiership on Saturday afternoon.

Rise and Shine made three changes to the side that lost to Orlando Pirates on Tuesday as Vusimuzi Vilakazi, Kenneth Nthatheni and Edgar Manaka came to the fold, while Siwelele kept the same starting line-up that was held to a goalless stalemate by Cape Town City.

Polokwane almost got the opener in the first minute of the match after Charlton Mashumba was denied by goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane before Ndumiso Mabena went close for Phunya Sele Sele seven minutes later with a header that crashed against crossbar.

Although chances were few and far between after that, Bernard Molekwa's charges showed urgency to break the deadlock in the latter phase of the first stanza and they came close in first-half stoppage time as Nicolas Motloung's glancing header sailed inches wide of the upright.

The second half came to life after the hour-mark, with Nthatheni hitting the crossbar with a header for City while Mabena's header at the other end with 20 minutes remaining was swallowed up by goalkeper Mwenya Chibwe from close range.

Second-half substitute Victor Letsoalo finally found the breakthrough for Celtic with eight minutes remaining after slotting a low shot past Chibwe after through ball from Mabena,.

Celtic pushed for more goals as Letsoalo almost got the second goal for the visitors with a curling strike from the edge of the box, but Chibwe made a superb save.

In the end, one goal was enough to secure the spoils for Celtic, who extend their unbeaten run to four matches.

Here's how they line up:

Polokwane: 40. Chibwe, 28. Nthatheni, 24. Hlongwane, 4. Nene, 27. Motloung, 14. Manaka, 9. Mashumba, 8. J. Maluleke, 16. Mngomezulu, 20. Phiri, 11. Hlubi.

Subs: 1. Chigova, 3. Anas, 5. Sikhondze, 32. Buthelezi, 25 W. Maluleke, 6. Chauke, 33. Nku.

Celtic: 16. Mabokgwane, 18. Mashikinya, 26. Ngobeni, 35. Baloyi, 15. Pdumidzai, 50. Masuku, 13. Luthuli, 9. Sera, 3. Mahashe, 8. Phalane.

Subs: 32. Mpoto, 19. Matjila, 21. Letsoalo, 2. Tani, 28. Khasipe, 12. Meama, 7. Maloisane.


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