Polokwane City vs. Mamelodi Sundowns Match Report
The home side started like a well-oiled machine, with the likes of Alexandra Cole and Jabu Maluleka setting the tone. Polokwane showed glimpses of tike-teak football, very Kostadin Papics kind of game. The down notable downfall was the rush to move the ball around, which mostly ending up not successful since the pace of the game was not coherently gelling with their teammates.
This lack of chemistry led to Sundowns taking full advantage. Sundowns showed calmness when in possession of the ball and very comfortable in passing the ball around. Hence Teko Modise, Themba Zwane and Elias Pelembe took full advantage with their natural skill and pace.
Due to the mere fact that the middle of Polokwane was not stable, a gap was opened in the defense who were made to look unsure of the job. Therefore the first goal with Modise showing his class passing three player and eventually passing to Pelembe who practically defined the “click, click bang “with a single pass to Malajila, giving Sundowns the lead on the 35th minute.
Malajila returned the favor by unselfishly passing the ball to Zwane who proved his worth for Bafana by coolly finishing the ball, with the goal keeper going opposite direction. This totally killed Polokwane’s esteem, as they turned into a headless chicken, defense not marking tightly and midfield still not successfully completing their touches in penetrating Sundowns.
Modise proved to be a thorn for Polokwane as he orchestrating attacks, which eventually was smoothly supported by Kekana, who provided with a classy aerial pass to Modise who kept navigation to the goal post sealing the victory for Sundowns on 73rd minute.
One notably sub for Polokwane who could have been a thorn to Sundowns was Monama. Though Sundowns won the match but their left hand defense needs some microscope, this is so as Polokwane was penetrating it more than the right side. This is what Pitso also testified to at the beginning of the sea on as the side to fix but shows that nothing has been done.
With the quality player like Masinamela there, maybe coach can use the Telkom game to test his fitness, since Langerman is not an outright defender or fullback.
As for Polokwane there is still a lot to fix ,there is still time for them to regroup and prepare for January transfer to fix their much panel beating, I trust Papic who can make the team a formidable force to reckon and most importantly avoid relegation.
Concluding Sundowns mustn’t brag too much as Polokwane was a skeleton or rather did not bring their A game at least producing chances or attacks. Yes they got the three point when it mattered most as coach Pitso alluded to the mere fact of their overall performance which was a 5/10.This shows that Pitso believes his side could have done far better than this performance.
With that said Polokwane must fix their machine before it too late or else de javu of last season with be their nightmare or worse be their grave. We would like to commend the players for making it a worthwhile for fans to fill up the stadiums by producing goals!!!
For the love of the PSL!!! Please Score Love, so we fans can show love by filling up the stadiums.