Polokwane City won their first match of the 2023/24 DStv Premiership after beating Stellenbosch 1-0 at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Limpopo on Wednesday. It was a game of two halves as the Visitors dominated proceedings in the first half while Polokwane came out a better side in the second stanza. 

A penalty shout by Stellenbosch players after what looked like a foul on Iqraam Rayners in the sixth minute fell on deaf ears. The referee waved play on. But Stellies still looked a more organised side with good combinations in the middle of the park.

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A big chance for the hosts came in the 25th minute after a mix-up between Ismaël Olivier Touré and Keeper Sage Stephens. But the visitors got away with the silly defending. 

Polokwane City nearly scored in the 26th minute but his acrobatic bicycle kick went sideways. Striker Douglas Mapfumo impressed for City in the first half and was a handful to the Stellies defense. Moments later visitors were saved by the post after a shot by Bulelani Nikani in the 18 area box. 

POLOKWANE CITY SECURE WIN OVER STELLENBOSCH

But the goal finally came in the 35th for Polokwane City via an own goal by Toure. 

The match went to the halftime break at 1-0 in favour of Polokwane City. Nyakala Raphadu who was playing in a second match for Polokwane came close to scoring. But his shot hit the bar in the 54th minute.

Substitute Anicet Oura nearly scored a stunner for Stellenboisch but his shot from outside the penalty shot hit the post. Rayners came close moments later when his shot from close range was saved by Polokwane keeper Lindokuhle Mathebula. 

Stellenbosch missed a glorious opportunity to equalise when Colley Salifu shot from close range went over the bar five minutes from time, much to the dismay of his Stellies teammates. 

The match ended 1-0 in favour of Polokwane City who secured their first win of the DStv Premiership season.

Stellenbosch has announced the signing of winger Kgaogelo Sekgota after his exit from Kaizer Chiefs, the club confirmed on Saturday morning. 

The Bafana Bafana international midfielder joined Steve Barker’s troops on an undisclosed long-term deal. This is after the termination of his contract by Chiefs, where he still had a year on his initial contract. 

The 26-year-old has been linked with the Winelands side for some time, as well as his former club, Moroka Swallows after what seemed as an unsuccessful stint at Amakhosi. 

STELLENBOSCH SIGN KGAOGELO SEKGOTA 

After having lost some key of their players, including the Argentinian star, Júnior Mendieta, Stellenbosch have embarked on an overhaul of their attacking options as they brought Sekgota into their set-up. 

Stellenbosch has announced the signing of winger Kgaogelo Sekgota from Kaizer Chiefs
Kgaogelo Sekgota

Upon Sekgota’s arrival at the club, coach Barker has described him as one of the outstanding attacking players.

“Sekgota is a massive signing for us. He’s a player who we earmarked a while back to try and get into the club, so we are delighted that he has now signed with us,” Barker told the club’s media department. 

“He’s an exciting attacking player who has a good pedigree, having represented his country. Who also has the ability to go past players, to create opportunities for his teammates, and to score goals himself.

“We are looking for a massive impact from him and hope to help him get his career back to where it belongs, which is right at the top end of the game.”

NOT AN IDEAL STAY AT KAIZER CHIEFS 

The speedy attacker had joined the Glamour boys at the beginning of the 2021/22 DStv Premiership season. Sekgota made 50 appearances, scoring only one goal for the Soweto giants in his two-year stay. 

Stellenbosch will host the Sea Robbers at the Danie Craven Stadium tonight. The match is scheduled for 20h00. Sekgota is also likely to make a match-day squad in the Stellies’ opener against the Buccaneers. This is despite joining the team just few days before the season begins.

By Clifton Mabasa 

The dates, venues, and times of this season’s Nedbank Cup semifinals have been confirmed, following the weekend’s action in the quarter-finals. It will be one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Sekhukhune United or Stellenbosch FC taking home the prize.

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In a very much anticipated clash, 13 times winners Amakhosi will host the Buccaneers in the Soweto Derby in the first semi-final on Saturday, 06 May 2023.

That game is set for 15h00 and, as is customary, it will be played at FNB Stadium. The second semi-final will be between Stellenbosch and Sekhukhune United and will take place at the Danie Craven Stadium on Sunday, 07 May.

Nedbank Cup semifinal dates and venues confirmed
Nedbank Cup semifinal dates and venues confirmed

DATES AND VENUES FULL DETAILS:

Sat, 6 May

Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates

FNB Stadium

15h00

Sun, 7 May

Stellenbosch FC vs Sekhukhune United

Danie Craven Stadium

18h00

Stellenbosch fought back from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw with Mamelodi Sundowns in a DStv Premiership clash at Danie Craven Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Stellies created plenty of chances in the wet conditions but found themselves trailing to Cassius Mailula‘s opener with just 13 minutes left on the clock. However, Iqraam Rayners scored for the third game in succession when he converted from the penalty spot three minutes from time.

MAMELODI SUNDOWNS DROP POINTS AGAINST STELLENBOSCH  

This was the first time that Mamelodi Sundowns dropped points in 16 matches.

Stellenbosch were seeking only their second-ever top-flight win over Mamelodi Sundowns. Sundowns came into the clash on the back of a 15-match winning streak in the league stretching back to 7 September 2022.

OTHER DSTV PREMIERSHIP RESULTS ON SUNDAY

SuperSport United maintained their grip on second place after they beat Golden Arrows 2-1 at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium on Sunday evening.

Zakhele Lepasa scored his first goals for the club in each half to secure back-to-back wins in the league. Gavin Hunt’s side maintained the five-point gap to Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.

Abafana Bes’thende lost for the fourth time in six matches. They remain four points clear of the relegation zone in 12th position.

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Marumo Gallants remain rooted to the foot of the table after they played out to a goalless draw with TS Galaxy at the Free State Stadium.

AmaZulu FC produced a strong second-half performance in their 2-0 win over Chippa United at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. The win elevated Usuthu to the eighth spot on the league standings.

There will be no DStv Premiership fixtures at least until 14 march. This is due to the Nedbank Cup last 16 round starting this week.

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Zambian giants Zesco United have completed the signing of former Stellenbosch midfielder Nathan Sinkala on a one-and-half year deal.

The 2012 CAF African Cup of Nation’s winner will feature for the club until the end of the 2023/24 season. 

NATHAN SINKALA JOINS ZESCO UNITED 

Sinkala joins Zesco barely a month after signing a short-term deal with Israeli second tier side Sport Club Kfar Kasem.

He has been keeping fit with Zambian Super League side Green Buffaloes after he was released by the Israeli side.

DEEMED SURPLUS TO REQUIREMENTS AT STELLENBOSCH 

Stellenbosch parted ways with Sinkala after his two and half year’s contract was not renewed at the end of 2021/2022 campaign. 

The 32-year-old has also featured in the French and Swiss top flight with Sochaux and Grasshopper. He has also played for TP Mazembe in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

The experienced midfielder has won multiple club titles with DRC giants including CAF Champions League and back to back Confederation Cup.

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By Robert Matakanye

Marumo Gallants have secured the services of the former Stellenbosch FC striker Judas Moseamedi on a six-month deal.

Moseamedi joins Bahlabane ba Ntwa as a free agent after parting ways with the Stellies during the FIFA World Cup break.

Moseamedi joined the Western Cape based outfit at the beginning of the 2021/22 season. He made 32 appearances while scoring six goals.    

The 28-year-old struggled for game- time at Stellies this season as he only made six appearances for the club. He came on as a substitute in all the six matches he played failing to make any real contribution.

The burly striker trained with Richards Bay and Maritzburg United this month after his Stellenbosch exit. But nothing came out of the trials with the two KZN clubs.

JUDAS MOSEAMEDI EXCITED ABOUT MARUMO DEAL

“I feel very excited to be part of Marumo Gallants family,” Moseamedi told the club’s media department.

“I am looking forward to making my debut for the club. So that I can help the team to score more goals,” he said.

“I think we have to support each other and if we can support each other, we can be able to score important goals and give it our all to the team and make our supporters happy.”

MARUO HOIPING TO EXTEND MOSEAMEDI CONTRACT

In a statement on Wednesday, the club said the contract is valid for a six-month period subject for renewal at the end of the season.

“Marumo Gallants F. C. is delighted to secure the services of the former Stellenbosch F. C striker Judas Moseamedi.

“The Limpopo born goal poacher could not hide his excitement after penning down a six-month contract with Bahlabane ba Ntwa which is subject to renewal at the end of the season, we wish him all the best and hope he will be a great asset to the team” the club tweeted.

Marumo will be next in action when they visit AmaZulu on Saturday, 21 January at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

By Robert Matakanye

Sekhukhune United made it three wins out of three in the DStv Premiership after a 1-0 win against Stellenbosch at the Danie Craven Stadium on Saturday evening.

As the first five minutes rolled on, Stellies and Sekhukhune struggled to find any form of passing rhythm in looking to control the game early on.

The visitors took the game to Stellenbosch FC, holding around 59 per cent ball possession. While no goal scoring chances were created during this time, it was Sekhukhune who were the more progressive outfit.

With 20 minutes played, Sekhukhune began creating scoring opportunities, with Mncube finding joy on the right-hand flank. The home team were reduced to playing on the counter attack as a result of Sekhukhune’s progression into the opposition half.

OHIZU SHINES FOR SEKHUKHUNE UNITED 

Babina Noko’s thrust paid off in the 33rd minute and took the lead courtesy of a headed goal by Ohizu. In making way down the Stellenbosch left wing, Sekhukhune went the direct route and whipped the ball into the area as the Nigerian striker headed the ball home.

Sekhukhune went into the break with wind in their sails, with Ohizu’s header in the 33rd minute separating the two sides at halftime.

Babina Noko appeared to have been comfortable in surrounding possession.

Stellenbosch pressed on for an equaliser as the hour mark approached, however, Sekhukhune remained solid when resetting into defensive positions.

STELLIES FAIL ON COME BACK ATTEMPT

Steve Barker’s side produced waves of attacks during the closing stages of the match. Babina Noko were happy to sit back on the edge of their area. Sekhukhune suffered a scare in the 84th minute when the referee pointed to the spot in awarding Stellenbosch a penalty. In stepping up to the spot, Mendieta’s effort flew over the crossbar.

Nonetheless, Sekhukhune United left the Danie Craven Stadium as victors, recording their third DStv Premiership victory on the trot.

DStv Premiership side Maritzburg United have completed the signing of former Stellenbosch FC defender Rafiq De Goede.

De Goede parted ways with Stellies during the World Cup break in December.

The centre back made 10 appearances across all competitions before the World Cup break.

“Maritzburg United Football Club is delighted to announce the new addition of De Goede. The former @StellenboschFC skipper’s athleticism makes him a quick and physical Centre Back.,” the club announced on Wednesday.

Rafiq de Goede unveiled by Maritzburg
de Goede unveiled by Maritzburg

RAFIQ DE GOEDE BISS LOSS TO STELLIES

The 29-year-old helped Stellenbosch to qualify for MTN 8 last season for the first time in club history and also captained the side several times.

The Team of Choice next game is against Marumo Gallants in the DStv Premiership on Saturday 7 January at Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

By Robert Matakanye