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Citizens claim victory over Dikwena

Cape Town City moved just behind Premiership league leaders, Mamelodi Sundowns, when they defeated struggling Platinum Stars in Saturday's clash in the North West Province.

  • Platinum Stars 0 Cape Town City 1 
  • Akosah-Bempah goes close
  • Mkhize hits woodwork
  • Ng'ambi heads wide for hosts 
  • Putsche gets winner

Match summary 

City had the better of the chances in the first half with Nana Akosah-Bempah and Thamsanqa Mkhize going close. Robert Ng'ambi came very close to the first goal in the second half for the hosts.

However, Roland Putsche struck home to get the winning goal as Dinaledi were left fruitless in their attempts to recover from their situation.

Match report     

Cape Town City were the dominant side in the opening stages although they were unable to create clear openings in what was a tight opening 20 minutes. However, soon after Lyle Lakay showed good skill and vision as he picked out Akosah-Bempah who fired over from close range in the 22nd minute.

Roger de Sa's men were cautious in the final third and rarely threatened in what was a disappointing opening period for the hosts. It remained a game devoid of quality in the final third and ended 0-0 at the break.

After the interval, the Citizens were inches away from claiming the lead. When a cross came into the box, 29-year-old midfielder Thamsanqa Mkhize saw his effort rattle the woodwork with goalkeeper Dino Visser beaten. 

Nonetheless, Dikwena almost stole the lead after Vuyo Mere's free-kick found the often prolific Ng'ambi, who somehow headed inches wide of the target with Sage Stephens beaten.

The home team pushed for an opener and made a change as Manti Mekoa came in for the ineffectual Lehlogonolo Masalesa in the centre of the park.

With that said, the in-form Citizens sealed the points in the 82nd minute as Austrian midfielder Putsche was in the right place at the right time to give coach Benni McCarthy's men the points at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Phokeng. Edmilson claimed the assist.