Polokwane City Retain Absa Premiership Status

Polokwane City beat Black Leopards 2-1 to ensure their stay in the Absa Premiership for next season in a tight encounter at Giyani Stadium on Sunday.  Two first half goals from Sipho Jembula and Vukile Mgqibisa were enough to seal the deal for Rise and Shine while Leopards’ consolation goal came through Leonard Ntshangase.  It was a tight encounter that saw one red card and Leopards hitting the woodwork four times.

However the first opportunity fell for Polokwane when Jembula nodded a goal from the free kick two minutes into the game.  It was Jembula once again in the 13th minute who almost doubled after a great interchange of passes with Jabulani Maluleke but keeper Jacob Mokhasi was up to standard to deny him.  City continued putting pressure on Lidoda Duvha and eventually won a spot kick following Kenneth Owusu’s foul play to Maluleke and Mgqibisa converted to make it 2-0.

From then onwards it was Leopards who kept pushing forward with nothing to lose but everything to gain.  Owusu’s header came off the bar after Modiri Marumo was denied by Abubakar Mamuni.  In the second half the National First Division club continued pressing foward with a nice string of passes that seemes to be troubling the Rise and Shine.  Bafana Sibeko was unfortunate in the early in the second half with his free kick hitting the crossbar.

Minutes later after a nice string of passes Mumuni was denied by woodwork following a stunning short from just outside the box.  The consolation goal finally came through the strike of Ntshangase in the 79th minute but it was too little too late.  City collected maximum points although they only needed one point to ensure their top flight survival.