Stars out to surprise City

Polokwane City players are ready for the match against Baroka at the eter Mokaba Sports Complex on Saturday. Photo: Archive

LIMPOPO – Gauteng-based African All Stars Chairman, Atwell Sijadu, says although his team “is a bunch of amateurs”, they want to surprise Polokwane City in their Nedbank Cup match to be played in the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium this evening.

Sijadu said they lost 2-0 against Polokwane City last year during the Nedbank Cup, but this time they mean business.

“We produce quality players. Last year Rise & Shine bought Tebogo Mngomezulu and Lawrence Malatjie from us. We are competing in the ABC Motsepe league in Gauteng. Now we have four players that will be terrorising City’s defense,” he said

“We are a team on the rise with the ambition of not just becoming a household name in South Africa, but all across the continent. We missed out on promotion to the National First Division by a whisker last season when we lost our final round-robin match to Mbombela United in Kimberley. We have put those two disappointments behind us and have now completed one of our aims, which is to make a mark in the last 32 of the Nedbank Cup.”

The team is currently coached by former Orlando Pirates and Bloemfontein Celtic player, Sidwell Maboe.

“We have managed to maintain about 95% of the squad from last season, so they have all gained from those experiences and become better players for it,” said Sijadu.

Polokwane City team manager, Bernard Molekwa, said they know their opponents and have played against them last year in the very same competition. It will be the second time we play against African All Stars this evening.

“We take each and every team seriously, there is no small team, so our preparations for the match have gone well and we are looking forward to proceed to the next round of the Nedbank Cup,” said Molekwa.
Black Leopards and Magesi FC failed to qualify for the Nedbank Cup this season.

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Nyambeni Mandiwana
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