Polokwane City has surprisingly let go of experienced players Mpho Makola and Joseph Mhlongo, this is according to various reports.

Both Makola [37] and Mhlongo [32] played a huge role in seeing the Limpopo-based club return to the DStv premiership. The club had also confirmed that they would be keeping the pair.

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But in a surprise turn of events, both Makola and Mhlongo have since left. Mhlongo played in 11 games for the club while Makola featured in eight matches.

Polokwane City are yet to officially confirm the departure of the pair. The club recently signed Given Mashikinya from Sekhukhune United as well as Oswin Appollis from Pretoria Callies. Veteran midfielder Lucky Baloyi is also set to remain at the club.

Mpho Makola and Joseph Mhlongo chased away at Polokwane City
Joseph Mhlongo

Mpho Makola and Joseph Mhlongo Dismissed

Polokwane City Chief Operations Officer Tincy Tema had earlier told the media that the club has offloaded about 10 players. But he has indicated that Mpho Makola and Joseph Mhlongo would be kept.

City gained automatic promotion to the premier division in May after overtaking Casric Stars and Cape Town Spurs on the final day. They finished top of the Motsepe Foundation Championship with 57 points.

Rise and Shine subsequently walked away with R 5 million in prize money. 

By Khotso Ramalatswa

A former Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana midfielder has joined a leading Limpopo Motsepe Foundation Championship side Polokwane City. 

Mpho Makola who recently parted ways with Cape Town City had been training with Rise and Shine for the past few days. 

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The 36-year-old was released by the citizens after head coach Eric Tinkler indicated he was no longer part of his plans. Makola has struggled with game time at the club in recent times.

This is despite signing a new one-year deal at the beginning of the season. He featured nine times in the DStv Premiership for City this season.

Makola made his debut for Polokwane City during the 1-0 defeat by Caric Stars at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday. 

“His experience will help us,” said coach Duncan Lechesa. 

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“He came to make us play and only came this week but he will get there. The fitness level is not that great. He will give us another 70 minutes over the weekend and let’s see how it goes,” he said. 

Wednesday’s results mean Rise and Shine are now second on the log behind Cape Town Spurs.

Both teams are left with seven matches to play with Spurs leading with just a point. Casric are also now on 46 points equal on points with Polokwane City. 

By Khotso Ramalatswa