Cape Town City: The comeback kings

On quite a few occasions this season, City have bounced back in the second half and it’s put the Citizens in a good position in the title race, as they currently sit in third place, a point behind leaders Orlando Pirates and second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns.

Here looks at the times City have bounced back on occasions when it looked like they would lose, in the process proving to be comeback kings. 

Free State Stars 2 City 2

City were 2-1 down when the clock struck 90 minutes against Ea Lla Koto back in August. Goals from Bangali Keita and Goodman Dlamini had cancelled out Matthew Rusike’s fifth minute opener, but Olivier Kwizera scored an own goal five minutes into second half stoppage to hand City a valuable point on the road.  

Orlando Pirates 2 City 2

City found themselves 2-0 down against the Buccaneers within the first 16 minutes, conceding goals that were scored by Augustine Mulenga and Innocent Maela. It then became the Ayanda Patosi show in the second half, as the now former Citizens player bagged a brace to secure a point for the the visitors. 

City 3 Bloemfontein Celtic 2

Ndumiso Mabena and Given Mashikinya gave Phunya Sele Sele a surprise 2-0 lead at Cape Town Stadium when the two sides met in December, but City were not down and out. They came out for the second stanza with renewed vigour, registering one of the best comebacks you’ll ever see in the PSL. Siphelele Mthembu pulled one back a minute before the hour mark and then Surprise Ralani scored a brace in two minutes to complete the comeback. 

Bidvest Wits 2 Cape Town City 3

Yet again City found themselves two goals down at half-time in this clash during the past weekend. Thulani Hlatshwayo and Gift Motupa found the back of the net for the Clever Boys. It took City just two minutes to find the back of the net in the second half through Kermit Erasmus and six minutes later they were back on level terms when Ralani struck. Riyaad Norodien scored the winner in the 68th minute.

City 2 Mamelodi Sundowns 1

City were a goal down at half-time against Sundowns on Wednesday, after Lebohang Maboe had given the visitors the lead. In the second half they showed great fighting spirit, thanks to two good goals from Erasmus and new signing Chris David. It was a game that showed City cannot be ruled out of winning the title this season.