Stars leave it late
Mogakolodi Ngele came off the bench score a winner at the death as Platinum Stars return back to winning ways in the expense of relegation candidates Free State Stars at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday.
The Botswana international is now on nine goals, and joint top goal scorer at the club with Namibian striker Henrico Botes. Dikwena will now move to fifth place on the log with 26 points after 16 matches.
“I am happy that we scored because we didn’t look like scoring today and in the first half it was worse as we didn’t even manage at least one shot on target. But in the second half we came back better and we scored which was crucial for us today. Hard luck to FS Stars, I know how it feels on the danger zone,” Platinum Stars coach Allen Freese told SuperSport TV after the match
Free State Stars were unlucky as their goal from Mongezi Bobe in the 84th minute was ruled out due to an offside, and the another loss for Ea Lla Koto means they missed out on moving three points clear of Golden Arrows, who are bottom of the log, and they now level on points with the Durban based side on 13 points but they have played a game less compared to the rock bottom side.
Elsewhere on Sunday afternoon, Bloemfontein Celtic recorded their second straight win when they beat off-form University of Pretoria 2-0 at the Free State Stadium. Phunya Sele Sele also got the revenge over AmaTuks, who beat them by same score in the reverse fixture last year September.
Keagan Buchanan and Gabadinho Mhango netted in the opening half and the visitors didn’t show any signs of coming back as Bloemfontein Celtic dominated the proceedings in the closing half.
A win takes Ernest Middendorp’s troops on the 9th place with 22 points after 16 matches, and right on track for the top half finish. AmaTuks on the other hand, are flirting with relegation as they are placed 12th on the log with 17 points after 18 matches, and they are five points away from the drop zone.