In-form Sekhukhune add to Stellies' woes

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STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 14: Victor Letsoalo of Sekhukhune United FC and Lasse Sobiech of Stellenbosch FC during the DStv Premiership match between Stellenbosch FC and Sekhukhune United at Danie Craven Stadium on January 14, 2023 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)
STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 14: Victor Letsoalo of Sekhukhune United FC and Lasse Sobiech of Stellenbosch FC during the DStv Premiership match between Stellenbosch FC and Sekhukhune United at Danie Craven Stadium on January 14, 2023 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

Sekhukhune United jumped to seventh spot on the DStv Premiership table with a 1-0 victory over Stellenbosch FC on Saturday evening.

Sihle Ndluli, German Lasse Sobiech, Solomon Letsoenyo and Ibraheem Jabaar were recalled to Stellies line-up, but one change for Sekhukhune saw Given Mashikinya handed a start.

A set-piece in a dangerous area by Jayden Adams nearly gifted the Maroons the perfect start to the match, but the visitors cleared their lines.

Though quick thinking on the ball from the visitors in Vusimuzi Mncube opened up a strike towards target for Chibuike Ohizu, but the Nigerian forward went wide.

However, the Nigerian sharp-shooter made amends ten minutes to halftime when he finished off from a well-taken move with the Maroons caught out.

Stellenbosch's Sobiech was unable to continue following a knock, with Athenkosi Mcaba brought on as the replacement four minutes before the break.

With Sinethemba Mngomezulu and Antonio Van Wyk on for the host at the resumption, the arrivals sparked urgency where Devon Titus went close from a rasping header around target.

Sekhukhune, though, threatened for a second goal soon after the resumption from a teasing drive by Sammy Seabi off Roderick Kabwe’s cross, but the midfielder went wide of target.

Resolute bit of defending from Babina Noko though late on saw former Kaizer Chiefs defender Daniel Cardoso charge out and thwarted a tap-in attempt by the Maroons.

The Maroons were given a golden chance to go level minutes to the end in the way of a spot-kick, but Junior Mendieta wasn’t able to beat Badra Ali Sangare after firing, as Truter's troops walked away with the spoils.

Confirmed line-ups:

Stellenbosch: Stephens, Makhanya, Sobiech, Van Rooyen, Mthethwa, Mendieta, Letsoenyo, Jabaar, Adams, Titus, Nduli

Subs: Langeveldt, Mcaba, Mgaga, Khunyedi, Boji, Andries, Sibande, Van Wyk, Mngomezulu

Sekhukhune United: Sangare, Mobbie, Zulu, Cardoso, Gyimah, Mashikinya, Ohizu, Kabwe, Mncube, Seabi, Letsoalo

Subs: Nsabata, Mahlangu, Ntiya-Ntiya, Mahashe, Leepile, Mokhabi, Masiya, Mokwena, Mabasa

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