ON August 18 last year Walter Musona and Jabulani Maluleke each scored in the 36th and 70th minted respectively to give Polokwane City a deserved 2-0 victory over traditional arch-rivals, Baroka FC in their 2018/19 Absa Premiership opening match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, Writes NAKAMPE LEKWADU
Almost seven month later, the battle for Limpopo’ supremacy and pride will continue when the two sides face each other in the second round of a much anticipated Limpopo derby second which is expected to divide Limpopo’s crazy football fans. The match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium this Sunday (March 3) is at 3.30pm
Still fresh from their hard earned 2-1 victory over SuperSport United with goals by Mduduzi Mdantsane and Thato Madigoe who scored what has been described by many as a contending Goal of the Year, Baroka (12th on the log with 21 points) need nothing other than a win at all cost against City in this match if they are serious about avoiding relegation or playing in the demanding play-offs.
Up the Bakgaga as the Telkom Knockout champions are commonly known are aware that a loss in this match could see them drop to the 15th position should their fellow relegation candidates such as Black Leopards (13th on the log with 21 points), Chippa United (14th with 20 points) and Free State Stars (15th with 19 points) win their respective matches.
Rise and Shine who have been blowing hots and cold on the other hand will be looking forward to collect the maximum points in order to maintain their position in the top eight brackets. Their last match saw them earn a valuable point at home against the equally on and off side Kaizer Chiefs who have become the shadow of former-self.
Their leading goal-scorer, Musona (Walter) will be also looking forward to this game to add his goal tally to cement his position as current Absa Premiership leading goal-scorer.
City’s performance has drastically dropped after being relegated from the third position on the log where they have been operating for quite sometimes to the 8th position with 29 points from 20 matches. Victory on Sunday with two goals to nothing for Baroka could see them move one step up on the log to the 7th positions, but that is if their closest rivals, Bloemfontein Celtic lose their match away to log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.
The rest of Absa Premiership fixtures this weekend are:
Tonight (Friday, March 1): Maritzburg United v AmaZulu (Harry Gwala, 8pm)
Saturday, March 2: Mamelodi Sundowns v Bloemfontein Celtic (Loftus), Kaizer Chiefs v Highlands Park (FNB, 6pm), Free State Stars v Black Leopards (Goble Park, 6pm), BidVest Wits v Cape Town City (BidVest, 8.15pm), Golden Arrowns v Orlando Pirates (Sugar Ray Xulu, 8.15pm)
Sunday, March 3: Polokwane City v Baroka (Peter Mokaba, 3.30pm) and Chippa United v SuperSport United (Sisa Dukashe, 3.30pm)