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Dikwena up to third

Platinum Stars beat Black Leopards

Posted: 7 November 2012 Time: 09:46 pm

Platinum Stars continued their fine season with a 1-0 win away to Black Leopards on Wednesday evening.

The game had been under threat 30 minutes in when a violent hail storm forced the players from the pitch, by which time Stars already led through Henrico Botes.

But the game was able to continue and Dikwena’s excellent recent form that has now seen them take 13 points from the last 15 available continued as they climbed up to third in the Premiership table.

Stars started the brighter and were ahead inside six minutes - Vuyo Mere’s cross was converted by Botes, his second of the season.

There followed shots at either end from Mahlatse Maake for Leopards and Mogakolodi Ngele for Stars, but both efforts drifted wide.

A ferocious hail storm sent the players scuttling from the field just past the half-hour mark and will have instilled a sense of déjà vu in Lidoda Duvha, who have already had one match abandoned this season due to hail against Kaizer Chiefs.

It was touch-and-go whether the play would be able to resume, but mercifully the weather lifted and they were able to get back on the park.

Soon after the restart of player, Mongezi Bobe crashed a free-kick against the crossbar as Stars rode their luck a little for the remainder of the half.

The second period was a disappointment, with neither side able to create much in front of goal.

Siyabonga Mpontshane made a fine stop from Raymond Monama and that was as good as it got for Leopards.

New coach Ian Palmer will have plenty to think about as he plots a way to move Lidoda Duvha away from the relegation zone. His next assignment will be away at Ajax Cape Town on Sunday, while Stars are at home to Bidvest Wits the day before.

HOME: Black Leopards

  • 35 Posnett Omony
  • 5 Harry Nyirenda
  • 17 Ernort Dzaga
  • 22 Moses Kwena
    68 mins - Brian Abbas Amidu
  • 6 Mongezi Bobe
  • 8 Mahlatse Maake
    46 mins - Siphamandla Sangweni
  • 10 Michael Nkambule
  • 16 Siphamandla Sithole
  • 33 Tiyani Mabunda
  • 38 Raymond Monama
  • 25 Rodney Ramagalela
    77 mins - Edgar Manaka

AWAY: Platinum Stars

  • 23 Siyabonga Mpontshane
  • 2 Vuyo Mere
  • 3 Elias Ngwepe
  • 12 Enocent Mkhabela
  • 20 Benson Mhlongo
  • 27 Tshepo Gumede
  • 3 Sibusiso Msomi
  • 11 Mogakolodi Ngele
    64 mins - Robert Ng'ambi
  • 13 Thuso Phala
  • 14 Tintswalo Tshabalala
    80 mins - Solomon Mathe
  • 21 Henrico Botes
    90 mins - Patrick Malokase

Previous comments on this story...

Mosixty
posted: 10:29 pm
Their muti man tried to get the game postponed since they were trailing but failed
Miyelani19861208
posted: 07:03 am
Whats with black leopards and this natural influences on the game when they are loosing, they did the same with chiefs
abd issa
posted: 08:17 am
team with the ugliest jersey in psl!
Makgoane
posted: 09:38 am
Even Mushasha and Mulimisi could not stop Dikwena...tltltltltlt
Lacoste_AM-A-Khosi
posted: 09:38 am
Well done to Dikwena and the mentor Mr Johnson. Very calm and collected manager he is. Its good to see teams fighting like dikwena, FSS, BloemCeltic, they are not here to make up numbers
High Definition aka HD
posted: 03:26 pm
Leopards ba bofile, Period. But not as strong and Tortoise Chiefs...
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