A bus carrying players from Limpopo-based PSL club Polokwane City was involved in an accident on Monday. According to a report by the City Press, the players were on their way to training when their bus collided with a 4×4 bakkie.

No injuries were reported at the accident scene but the players were reportedly treated for trauma. Their training session was subsequently canceled on the day. The accident happened near the Polokwane City Centre on Marshall Street.

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The images showing a badly damaged bus and a heavily dented 4×4 bakkie have been doing the rounds on social media.

NOT THE FIRST POLOKWANE CITY BUS ACCIDENT

This is not the first time a Polokwane City bus has been involved in an accident. In 2012 the club lost four of its players while on their way from a League match at Oscar Mpetha Stadium in Turfloop.

Koketso Takalo [20], Robert Mphuthi [21], Moeketsi Nthete [23] and Sylvester Mpaketsane [27] all died during the horrific accident at Nobody, Mankweng. One of the players who were injured during the accident is Kopano Sekgobela, who is now wheelchair-bound.

In 2015, the club bus carrying the players was also involved in an accident after their PSL match against Bloemfontein Celtic in Polokwane.

Polokwane City team bus involved in an accident
Polokwane City FC Bus accident in 2015

The Bus was travelling to their base from the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium after beating Celtic 3-2. A driver of a private car allegedly caused the accident and his vehicle was badly damaged.

Rise and Shine are currently participating in the DStv Premiership following their promotion last season. This is their second stint in the elite league. They are currently in position 10 after winning two of their five opening league matches this season.

City have roped in Lehlohonolo Seema to work alongside Duncan Lechesa as a co-coaches. This is after Lechesa was in charge when they gained promotion last season.

Limpopo side Polokwane City have jumped to fourth position in the DStv Premiership following a 3-1 win over Cape Town Spurs at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday. It was also the second win for the side since their return to PSL top-flight football.

The goals came from new signings Oswin Appollis [brace] and Douglas Mapfumo in the second half.

POLOKWANE CITY WIN TO MOVE TO THE TOP-HALF POSITION

They are on six points, three below DStv Premiership log leaders and defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns.

The visitors were surprisingly the ones who dominated play in the early stages of the match. They nearly got the lead through last season’s top scorer Ashley Cupido but his shot missed the target by a small margin.

Douglas Mapfumo came close for Rise and Shine but his header from a corner in the 10th minute went wide.

GOAL 15′, 1-0

New signing Oswin Appollis opened the scoring for the home side with a stunning goal outside of the 18-era box.

A few minutes later, Mapfumo combined well with Simon Ramabu. But the shot from outside the box by Mafumo was easily saved by keeper Zama Dlamini.

Cupido wasted a glorious opportunity when his header hit the post just before the halftime break.

HALF-TIME BREAK, 1-0

Asenele Velebayi posed a few threats to the Polokwane City defences cutting from the right-hand side. But all his shots were not strong enough to secure an equaliser.

GOAL 61′, 2-0

Zimbabwean international Douglas Mapfumo scored the second for Polokwane City with a fine header in the 61st minute. It was also his first goal for the club since joining from Black Leopards.

Polokwane City secure second win of the DStv Premiership season at Peter Mokaba Stadium
Douglas Mapfumo

GOAL 78′, 3-0
Appollis scored his second of the match, a third for the home side after he went one-on-one with the Keeper.

But Spurs scored their consolation a minute later through substitute Khaya Mfecane

LINE-UPS:

Cape Town Spurs:
Zama Dlamini, Nazeer Allie, Siyanda Msani, Logan Brown, Michael Morton, Keagan Buchanan, Chumani Butsaka, Luvuyo Phewa, Therlo Moosa, Rushwin Dortley, Ashley Cupido.

BENCH: Neil Boshoff, Clayton Daniels, Asenele Velebayi, Khaya Mfecane, Colin Ryan, Cohen Stander, Liam Bern, Morne Nell.

Polokwane City:

Lindokuhle Mathebula, Thabang Matuludi, Tlou Nkwe, Bulelani Nikani, Lebohang Nkaki, Rodney Maphangule, Given Mashikinya, Simon Ramabu, Douglas Mapfumo, Bafana Nana, Oswin Appollis.

BENCH: Amos Mokwena, Baloyi Koketso, Luciano Van Heerden, Hlayisi Chauke, Lindokuhle Dhladhla, Stevens Goovadia, Baloyi Lucky, Obed Thuto, Langelihle Ndlovu. 

Acting MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya has congratulated Limpopo side Polokwane City FC for gaining automatic promotion to the DStv Premiership

Rise and Shine beat Pretoria Caillies 4-0 on Sunday at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium to confirm their return to the elite league. They were initially relegated to the Motsepe Foundation Championship three seasons ago. 

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Their promotion means Limpopo will now have three clubs in the PSL top division as of next season. But the number will also depend on how Marumo Gallants finish in the premiership. Gallants need to win their last match of the season against Swallows to save their status.  

MEC Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya congratulates Limpopo side Polokwane City
Polokwane City congratulated for returning to the DStv Premiership

MEC Lerule-Ramakhanya says the promotion of Polokwane City will also expand economic activities in the Province. 

RISE AND SHINE CONGRATULATED BY MEC MAVHUNGU LERULE-RAMAKHANYA

“This is a milestone for the team and the province as a whole. We are proud of the team and through this promotion. More social cohesion activities will come alive and it will also expand the economic activities of the City and the entire Province,” she said. 

MEC Lerule-Ramakhanya says as more teams from Limpopo gain promotion to the ultimate league in the country, young soccer stars will be encouraged to join soccer teams that ply their trade at the highest peak of competitions.

Polokwane City have gained promotion back into the DStv Premiership to make it three teams from Limpopo in top flight football. City sealed the promotion on the last day of the season after a 4-0 win against Pretoria Caillies at Old Peter Mokaba in Polokwane on Sunday.

Rise and Shine were relegated from the Premiership division at the end of the 2019/20 season. The club came into the last day of the season in position three behind Casric Stars and Cape Town Spurs. But both Spurs and Casric drew their respective matches which allowed City to go top of the log.

POLOKWANE CITY PROMOTED TO DSTV PREMIERSHIP

Club Chairman Johnny Mogaladi says the promotion is for all people of Limpopo.

“What I can promise the people of Limpopo is that I don’t want to be a yo-yo team. I don’t want to come back and go, no,” he told the media.
“But we need their support and encouragement. We need to build this team together, this team belongs to the people of Limpopo.

Limpopo side Polokwane City returns to DStv Premiership
Polokwane City celebrate their promotion


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“I am so excited right now, I don’t know whether I am coming or going. By the time the game was over I was hiding in the bathroom and People came and told me that the game was over. I was not worried about my team because I knew that we scored four goals,” added Mogaladi.


The club now joins Sekhukhune United and Marumo Gallants who play in the DStv Premiership league. Marumo still needs to fight for their status and will play Swallows in their last match of the season.

Pressure is piling up for Limpopo side Black Leopards to save their Motsepe Foundation Championship status. This comes as Lidoda Duvha lost their 11th game of the season and remains rooted at the bottom of the log. They went down 2-1 to Pretoria Callies at Thohoyandou Stadium.

If things remain the same, Leopards could lose their PSL status and in the process get relegation to the SAFA amateur structures.

BLACK LEOPARDS NOT CONVERTING THEIR CHANCES

“We are creating chances, but we are not scoring and we give away silly goals,” beyond Leopards coach Owen Da Gama.

Black Leopards owner David Thidiela
Black Leopards owner David Thidiela

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“Even last week, in the first half we were supposed to win 4-0 but we didn’t convert even if it’s an open goal. But we will continue to push. I am not someone who gives up. We will push until the end. We need 15 points from the last eight games, and we must get them.”

HOW OTHER LIMPOPO TEAMS ARE DOING IN MOTSEPE FOUNDATION CHAMPIONSHIP

POLOKWANE CITY

City are top of the log following a 2-0 win away to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila on Sunday. They are on 46 points, two points above their closest promotion contenders Cape Town Spurs. With eight matches to go, Rise and Shine could find themselves competing in the DStv Premiership once again. They are the only club from Limpopo currently in the top eight.

BAROKA FC

Bakgaga Ba Mphahele, competing in the first division following their relegation last season are at position nine. Their chances of gaining promotion or at least securing a promotion playoff spot are slim. This is as they are on 26 points from 11 matches.

MAGESI FC

Magesi bench during Motsepe Foundation Championship match in Limpopo
Magesi bench during Motsepe Foundation Championship match in Limpopo

Despite their excellent start to the season, Magesi are not yet safe from relegation. They are also on 26 points and sit on position 11. Two more wins can secure their safety from any danger. Their next league match is against Black Leopards on Tuesday, 14 March at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium.

VENDA FOOTBALL ACADEMY

VFA is another club that is not safe from facing the chop at the end of the season. They have already changed coaches three times this season with Joel Masutha currently at the helm. VFA are third from bottom, nine pints above Black Leopards.

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