Register Login Scores


Resurgent Stellenbosch Claim Third Straight Win

Absa Premiership

Result: Stellenbosch 1-0 Polokwane City

Date: 24 January 2020

Venue: Cape Town Stadium

Stellenbosch continued their climb up the Absa Premiership table after claiming a third successive victory on Saturday afternoon.

View The PSL Table

Stellies boss Steve Barker named an unchanged side while Polokwane made two changes, as Mohammed Anas and Edgar Manaka came to the fore.

The Western Cape side were in high spirits after clinching back-to-back wins over Highlands Park and Baroka while Rise and Shine were winless in their last three outings after being held by Golden Arrows the last time out.

The sides could not carve out clear openings in the early exchanges and the first real opportunity fell to City in the 28th minute after Kabelo Mahlasela sent Manaka through on goal but Stellies shot-stopper Lee Langerveldt came out to avert danger.

The game came to life after that, as Marc Van Heerden nearly broke the deadlock five minutes later with a long range strike that was tippped over the bar by Rise and Shine goalkeeper George Chigova.

The hosts eventually found the breakthrough on the stroke of half-time courtesy of Ovidy Karuru, who tapped home from close range after Chigova parried Iqraam Rayners' cross into the winger's path.

The match opened up in the early exchanges of the second stanza and Stellies had a chance to double their lead on the hour-mark after Nyiko Mobbie picked out Wassem Isaacs, who chipped his effort over the bar.

Clinton Larsen needed firepower upfront with 20 minutes remaining as he brought on striker Charlton Mashumba for Manaka while five minutes later Barker introduced Jarrod Moroole for Isaacs.

Mashumba almost made an instant impact minutes after coming on as he brought Stellies goalkeeper Lee Langeveldt to action on two occassions but the shot-stopper was on top of his game as he denied City the equaliser.

In the end, Barker's troops were able to hold on for another three-point haul to up to eighth spot.

Here's how they lined up:

Stellenbosch: 35. Langeveldt, 42. Mobbie, 13. Van Heerden, 5. Mthethwa, 16. Johannes, 12. Scott, 8. Matsi, 29. Moon, 17. Karuru, 10. Rayners, 21. Isaacs.

Subs: 31. De Jong, 18. Skelem, 7. Van Rooyen, 7. Moroole, 3. Ndlovu, 20. Robertson, 15. Bergman.

Polokwane: 1. Chigova, 2. Mvelase, 24. Hlongwane, 23. Hlatshwaup 28. Nthatheni, 6. Chauke, 15. Musona, 20. Phiri, 3. Anas, 14. Manaka, 13. Mahlahsela.

Subs: 50. Phali, 18. Maluleke, 26. Nkili, 10. Tlolane, 4. Nene, 8. J.Maluleke, 9. Mashumba.


Top 5

8 Of Chiefs' Most Embarrassing Defeats In The Premiership

129 Sep 20, 2021 03:29 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

12 Players Who Still Don't Have Clubs

10 Sep 02, 2021 12:30 PM in International

Motshwari Arrest Latest: Police Update On Bucs Star

80 Sep 21, 2021 01:09 PM in Orlando Pirates

R10m Offer For Shonga?  

8 Sep 26, 2021 11:57 AM in PSL

10 Players Who Copied Ronaldo's Trademark Celebration

1 Sep 24, 2021 05:35 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

What Ronaldo’s Son Said When He Met Messi

4 Sep 23, 2021 12:30 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

Ex-Bucs Coach Reveals 'Verbal Agreement' With Al Ahly

17 Sep 26, 2021 01:27 PM in African Football

Excited ODG In Support Of New Bafana Philosophy

9 Sep 24, 2021 02:02 PM in Bafana

Irked Mbele Refuses To Comment on Mhango Nightclub Reports

35 Sep 20, 2021 04:22 PM in Orlando Pirates

The Highest-Paid African Stars In The EPL

21 Feb 02, 2021 07:14 PM in English Premier League

Breaking: Crisis Talks At Swallows!

14 Sep 20, 2021 03:34 PM in Siyagobhoza

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

25 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

Baxter Blasted For Apologising

124 Sep 21, 2021 07:10 AM in Kaizer Chiefs