CT City off the mark in the DStv Prem


Cape Town City registered their first win of the season in the DStv Premiership after overcoming Maritzburg United 1-0 on Wednesday evening.

Jethren Barr, Riyaaz Ismail and Jose Ali Meza were given their debuts by the Team of Choice, while City introduced Terrence Mashego for his first start.

City grabbed the lead on nine minutes after a low shot from Mduduzi Mdantsane rolled into the bottom-corner following poor defending from the hosts.

The Citizens were in for a second right after 20 minutes from a looping strike by Surprise Ralani, but the attempt came off the woodwork.

Maritzburg enjoyed little time on the ball as the first half began drifting away, with Mdantsane closing in on a brace from a threatening area but Barr collected.

The Team of Choice's confidence grew after the half-hour mark when City goalkeeper Peter Leeuwenburgh pulled off an excellent save to parry Keagan Buchanan’s free-kick.

It got worse for the hosts however on 43 minutes when Ismail was caught upending Craig Martin, forcing referee Luxolo Badi to hand him a straight dismissal.

The Team of Choice made a change after halftime, as Nazeer Allie came on for Sibusiso Hlubi with City unchanged from the first half.

Jan Olde Riekerink was thus forced to make a change on 54 minutes after a shoulder injury on Mdantsane ended his evening and replaced by Mpho Makola.

The Citizens gave Ghanaian new boy Prince Opoku his debut 68 minutes a week after his arrival, as Tashreeq Morris made way.

Maritzburg threatened the equaliser in the latter minutes, but Thabiso Kutumela’s free-kick went wide, as City picked up their first win of the season.

Confirmed line-up:

Maritzburg: Barr; Shandu, De Reuck, Ismael, Modise; Buchanan, Claasen; Hlubi, Kutumela, Tlolane; Meza.

Subs: Mpandle, Sanoka, Allie, Bhengu, Bongo Mbourou, Moseamedi, Hlongwane.

City: Leeuwenburgh; Mkhize, Mobara, Fielies, Mashego; Mokeke, Nodada, Mdantsane; Martin, Morris, Ralani.

Subs: Anderson, Potouridis, Makola, Gaxa, Roberts, Zulu, Opoku.