Polokwane Stun Sundowns

Goals through Sammy Seabi, Walter Musona and Rodney Ramagalela ensured Polokwane City came back to stun Mamelodi Sundowns as they won 3-2 in the Absa Premiership on Saturday afternoon at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Sundowns found the back of the net through George Lebese and Oupa Manyisa, but was not enough for them to win.

As early as the third minute, Sundowns had a bright start and Lebese converted a powerful low cross from Hlompho Kekana to slot it home.

Polokwane showed quality touches in Sundowns’ half, but could not break down the Sundowns defence in the 10th minute.

However, Pitso Mosimane’s men launched a quick counter attack and Percy Tau saw his well-drilled shot going straight to goalkeeper George Chigova a minute later.

Midfielder Manyisa would be denied by Chigova in the 14th minute when he received a brilliant pass from Tau and it was blocked for a corner.

Four minutes later, it was the Brazilians who ran riot over Rise and Shine as Tau broke free towards the penalty area, yet his shot was punched away by Chigova, who conceded another corner.

Just after the 21st minute, Ramagalela used his pace and made an entry in Sundowns’ box, but he rushed his effort and was blocked by Motjeka Madisha.

In the final minutes of the opening half, Bernard Molekwa’s men improved on their attack and Thabiso Semenya failed to hit the target from a promising position in the box.

With the Tshwane side heading to the tunnel leading 1-0, Chigova continued to deny the visitors as he collected Kekana’s long-range shot in the 52nd minute.

However, City would bounce back when Seabi converted Jabulani Maluleke’s wonderful free kick and the defender’s header beat Denis Onyango to make it 1-1.

With the former African champions stunned, Manyisa’s back pass was intercepted by Musona, who was alert to beat the oncoming Onyango to make it 2-1 a minute later.

Sundowns showed resilience and Manyisa rectified his error and made it 2-2 when he beat an offside trap to convert Tau’s defence-splitting pass.

However exactly with 10 minutes to go, Ramagalela bagged City’s third goal after receiving a great pass from the Maluleke to unleash a shot, giving Onyango no chance.

The Citizens were boosted after regaining their lead as they dominated the final five minutes of the thrilling encounter.

Despite the loss, Sundowns remain on top of the log table with 28 points from 15 league games and will hope to bounce back against Ajax Cape Town in their midweek game.

Polokwane City (0) 3 (Seabi 58’, Musona 59’, Ramagalela 80’)

Mamelodi Sundowns (1) 2 (Lebese 3’, Manyisa 64’)

Polokwane: Chigova, Semenya, Hlongwane, Maponyane, Mbonani, Seabi, Ramagalela, Phiri (Vilakazi 54’), Ndou, Maluleke, Musona (Booi 78’)

Sundowns: Onyango, Langerman, Madisha, Nascimento, Ngcongca (S. Zwane 46’), Manyisa, Kekana (Zakri 88’), Mabunda, Lebese (Laffor 46’), T. Zwane, Tau

7 Responses
  1. Shando

    I am still reeling from our loss against Polokwane city, and I know this might be viewed differently but I am not going to reward mediocrity by singing after our such a dismal loss. I chose to keep quite and not criticize.

    I will sing, in instances where I believe that the team were putting out a good fight but not what I witnesses.

    I believe that we are over confident and make silly mistakes and team punish us dearly, and it is not only the players but the technical team as well. Reason being that you use two defenders that have never played for almost a year and expect to win a game against a strike force of the likes of Ramagalela…I am not sure if you attribute this to over confidence or what…

    Nevertheless, let’s hope everybody is aware of how important it is to get back to winning ways as we have lost two games in a row, and that is not how champions are made hey!!!

  2. Peter

    I dont’ have confidence in this matchday squad of today… Langerman was the main culprit that made us lose together with Tau and Mabunda…. Pitso has run out of ideas. Where is Mohomi?? [Pitso is irritating and I wish the supporters show their anger a little so that they wake up like the last time we went on to win the league… the truth is Pitso’s favouritism has costed us a lot… Tau will play the whole 90 mins even though he fucks up all the time.

  3. Moripi

    Eish, I think I spoke to soon about the website. Looks like they’ve only changed the look, but keeping it updated with latest information, still the same.

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