All 3 strikers were on target as AmaTuks beat Polokwane City 5-1 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. A brace each from Massa and Mnyamane plus a solitary strike from Nyondo gave AmaTuks a much deserved win.
As with the previous encounters between the two sides, City were quickest out of the blocks, with Jabu Maluleke getting in the first shot of the match which flew wide of the AmaTuks goals and in the 10th minute. Puleng Tlolane’s attempt also went wide.
Two minutes after that scare Atusaye scored with a header but the referee disallowed the goal, citing Nyondo for an infringement on Molala.
In the 26th minute City won a free kick 6 yards outside the penalty area forcing a save from Arubi, who parried the ball over the crossbar.
In the 34th minute Nyondo won a free kick 10 yards outside the penalty area, Visser spilled Massa’s shot but recovered before the AmaTuks attackers could reach the ball
The rain came down harder making conditions difficult for both sides. The half time break came with no goals from either side.
The half time talks seemed to do the trick as the second half started like a house on fire. It was the visitors who drew first blood. With only 3 minutes into the second half AmaTuks launched a counter attack and Visser was able to block the initial shot at goal but could do nothing about the follow up shot from Mnyamane, who gave AmaTuks the 1-0 lead.
The goal seemed to spur the home side into action as they went probing for the equaliser and were rewarded for their sustained pressure when a loose ball fell to Alexander Cole who hit a first time volley to beat Arubi and find the equalizer in the 55th minute.
In the 63rd minute Ketjijere took matters into his own hands and dribbled past 2 City defenders to create a clear shot at goal but Visser was able to block his shot and concede a corner. Minutes later City had AmaTuks scrambling at the back and Arubi was called into action to save Esau Kanyenda’s diving header from an accurate cross from Joseph Musonda.
In the 75th minute Matsi wrestled for the ball with the defender and was able to pass to Mnyamane in the penalty box who then found Nyondo who took the shot at goal. The ball went past Visser but got stuck in the puddle of water at the goalmouth and only just snuck over the goal line to give AmaTuks a 2-1 lead.
Immediately after City restarted play AmaTuks won the ball and launched another attack. The ball found Massa on the right who dribbled past the defender and poked the ball past Visser. Again the ball was caught by the water and just managed to cross the goal line to extend AmaTuks’ lead.
With 6 minutes left on the clock AmaTuks’ Ugandan striker again beat the defender and the keeper to extend the lead to 4-1.
Mnyamane was not to be outdone and in the dying minutes of the match he received a pass from Ntombayithethi. The strike brought the ball down and rifled a shot past Visser and take the scoreline to 5-1.
The win matches AmaTuks’ best ever performance in the Premiership, back in 2012 when they beat Ajax Cape Town.
The three points see AmaTuks move to 10th on the log table, three points behind Polokwane City who remain in ninth position. Massa is now joint top goal scorer with Polokwane City’s Puleng Tlolane on seven goals.
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