POLOKWANE 4: Seven years on…

Today marks exactly 7 years since four Polokwane City players were killed in a road accident while travelling from a League match at the University of Limpopo.

Khomotso Mpakatesane, Moeketsi Nthete, Mojalefa Mphuthi and Koketso Takalo were all travelling on a bus that was hit by an allegedly drunk driver in Nobody, Mankweng.

The bus in which they were travelling in had 22 passengers consisting of 19 players and 3 coaching staff members.

One of the players, Kopano Sekgobela, who was left paralysed due to the accident says he has accepted and made peace with the fact that his career was cut short, but hopes he can walk again.

Kopano Sekgobela is owner and coach of Dinoko FC, an amateur club.

“After what happened now it’s 7 years later and I am recovering well my brother,” Sekgobela told FARPost.co.za on Monday.

“It was a little bit difficult because of a lot of things at the beginning but I am recovering well that’s why I am not stressed about anything because I have accepted that I am injured and God will help me to one day walk again and I believe that I will walk again so I really don’t have a problem.”

Sekgobela says although he was hurt and bitter at the club in the beginning, he has now healed and wish them well.

“To be honest I like the team, I like the players and I don’t have a problem with anyone at Polokwane City, we can’t change what happened. It was painful in the beginning even now I can tell you that there has never been any contact from the club, but life goes on,” he added.

The 29-year-old is now owner and coach of Dinoko FC who play in the Burgersfort Local Football Association (LFA) League.

Sekgobela during happier times at Polokwane City.

By Ofhani Munyai

Molekwa always ready to step in

Polokwane City caretaker coach Bernard Molekwa insists he is always willing and available to take the hot seat as and when the team needs him.

Molekwa has taken over at Rise and Shine until the end of the season following the departure of Serbian mentor, Zlatko Krmpotic.

Krmpotic was fired last week after a 5-game winless streak conceding 12 goals which includes an embarrassing 5-3 defeat by Cape Town City.

Molekwa who has been with the team since their promotion to the Absa Premiership in 2013 says he is always keen on serving on whatever capacity the team ask him to serve.

Polokwane City’s Bernard Molekwa.

“At the moment the club asked me to be in charge of the first team until further notice. I do not have a problem with that as long as the club asked me to perfume a certain job then I am available to do that,” said the man nicknamed Taxi.

Molekwa has also played down the sudden slump which saw them drop from 1st position in their first 6 games to 10th after 11 games.

“It is a concern to us especially the 5 goals that we conceded against City because it was the first time conceding such a number of goals and that made a big difference.

“But we will work hard in terms of improving as a team defensively and attacking wise. It means since we are not winning then we are not scoring more goals than the opponents, so we need to improve both defensively and attacking,” said Molekwa.

Rise and Shine face a tough battle next as they take on Orlando Pirates after the FIFA break.

City have collected 13 points from their 11 matches compared to the 18 points they collected after the same number of games last season.

By Ofhani Munyai

Polokwane City fire coach!!!

Limpopo side Polokwane City have confirmed the departure of head coach, Zlatko Krmpotic.

This comes after Rise and Shine suffered five straight defeats, including a Telkom Knockout exit.

Polokwane City lost 5-3 to Cape Town City in their last match in the Western Cape on Wednesday.

One Source confirmed to FARPost.co.za about the Krmpotic’s departure.

“Yes, they fired him, and Bernard Molekwa will be in charge of the team on Saturday against Baroka. There were signs that he is about to leave because it was tense in the last few weeks between him and the management.”

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa and Ofhani Munyai

Cityzens win big after Benni’s departure

Cape Town City produced five goals against Polokwane City on Wednesday night, proving that there’s life after their former coach Benni McCarthy.

Kermit Eramus netted a brace to guide the Cityzens to a 5-2 victory over the Limpopo side.

New Cape Town City coach Jan Riekerink was an interested spectator.

Since McCarthy was dismissed because of poor results, City were guided by caretaker coach, Vasili Manousakis.

New City coach Jan Riekerink, who was announced earlier in the day, watched from the stands as he awaits his work permit.

Charlton Mashumba replied with a rare PSL hattrick, but it wasn’t enough to get the visitors anything from the tie.

Meanwhile, Kaizer Chiefs’ Dumsani Zuma is the toast of town after netting a brace in Chiefs’ 2-0 win over Chippa United.

Dumsani Zuma was warmly received by the fans in Port Elizabeth and in return, he scored a brace.

LEAGUE RESULTS

Cape Town City 5 (Erasmus x2, Mthembu, Makola, Edimlson) Polokwane City 3 (Mashumba x3)

Baroka 0-0 Mamelodi Sundowns

Chippa United 0-2 Chiefs (Zuma x2)

AmaZulu 2 (Ntuli x2) Stellenbosch 0

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

Goals galore at MDC

The Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC) produced a whopping 27 goals in just eight matches over the weekend.

Kaizer Chiefs were the big scorers with five goals against a hapless Chippa United side.

This match at Dobsonville Stadium saw seven goals being scored, with Chiefs winning 5-2.

Rahim Milazi netted a brace for Amakhosi and not to be outdone, Lebohang Lesako also helped himself to a double.

Elsewhere, Chiefs’ rivals Orlando Pirates overcame Polokwane City by a 2-0 scoreline.

Sifiso Luthuli and Simo Bophela were on the scoresheet for the Buccaneers.

Below are the results from the weekend’s action, as well as the log.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

Citizens v Amakhosi in TKO

Cape Town City will host Kaizer Chiefs in the opening round of this year’s Telkom Knockout.

The draw was conducted at SuperSport TV studios in Randburg this afternoon.

The Citizens taking on Amakhosi is probably the pick of the round, but defending champions Baroka also have a tough clash away to SuperSport United.

The tournament kicks off on October 18 and the League will release the full fixtures (dates and venues) soon.

Here is the full draw…

Maritzburg United v Bidvest Wits

Cape Town City v Kaizer Chiefs

Highlands Park v Black Leopards

Mamelodi Sundowns v AmaZulu

SuperSport United v Baroka

Golden Arrows v Polokwane City

Orlando Pirates v Stellenbosch

Chippa United v Bloemfomtein Celtic

*The first mentioned teams are playing at home.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

Polokwane keeper says no to Bafana

Polokwane City goalkeeper Cyril Chibwe has explained his decision to choose the Zambian national team over Bafana Bafana.

Chibwe has been called up to the Chipolopolo squad for their friendly international matches.

Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki made a revelation on Monday that the 26-year-old keeper was contacted for a call up to Bafana for the Nelson Mandela Challenge against Mali in Port Elizabeth on Sunday but declined.

“We made a small research on Cyril Chibwe from Polokwane City. He is a South African – he was born in the North West, so we sent a call up to him to join us for this camp but unfortunately he will be playing for his father’s country which is Zambia,” Ntseki confirmed.

But the keeper who was born to a South African mother says the decision to choose Zambia was to honour his father who was a footballer but never represented the national team.

“My father was a football player in Zambia but never got to represent the national team. So, I am fulfilling not only his dream but mine as well to represent Zambia. It was a decision that I made on my own and discussed with family before accepting (the call-up from Zambia),” Chibwe tells FARPost.co.za.

“Yes, I was contacted by a SAFA representative, letting me know of the call up for Bafana Bafana.

“But I explained my situation as I had already been in contact with representatives in Zambia regarding representing the Chipolopolo team,” Chibwe adds.

His Father, Paul, played as a centre-back for Strike Rovers and later Nchanga Rangers (Zambia) in 1985 before joining Umtata Bush Bucks in South Africa in 1989.

MTN8 RECAP: Best performing players

Following the conclusion of the MTN8 with SuperSport United taking the trophy home, FARPost provides you with the list of all the players that won Man of the Match awards from the quarterfinals to the final.
 
Quarterfinals
 
Mohamed Anas (CT v Plk)
Peter Shalulile (Bucs v Highlands)
Themba Zwane (Downs v Celtic)
Sipho Mbule (Wits v SSU)
 
Semifinals
 
Thela Ngobeni (Plk v Highlands)
Dean Furman (Downs v SSU)
George Chigova (Highlands v Plk)
Bongani Khumalo (SSU v Downs)
 
Final
 
Thamsanqa Gabuza (SSU v Highlands)