Malawian veteran striker Esau Kanyenda registered a double on Wednesday night to guide Polokwane City to an emphatic 5-2 beating of Free State Stars whose assistant coach is compatriot Kinnah Phiri.
The South Africa Premiership match was played at Charles Mopeli Stadium. Kanyenda was joined on the score-sheet by Puleng Tlolane’s brace for City with another goal from Jabulani Maluleke.
Moeketsi Sekola struck twice for Stars who are coached by another ex-Flames mentor Tom Saintfiet. The result saw City rise to 12th on the 15-member table with 10 points, a point behind Stars.
, reports that Tlolane beat Stars goalkeeper Ayanda Mtshali with a left-footed shot to make it 1-0 only for Sekola to equalise a minute later.
Polokwane reclaimed the lead 13 minutes into the second-half, with Kanyenda heading home from a cross to make it 2-1. Maluleke made it 3-1 to City by scoring direct from a free-kick in the 61st minute. Two minutes later, Kanyenda turned home a cross to make it 4-1.
Stars were thrown a lifeline when Sekola netted from the penalty spot in the 65th minute. Tlolane scored his second, this time from the penalty spot, to wrap up the scoring at 5-2.
In other matches played in South Africa on Wednesday, there were no places in Bloemfontein Celtic starting lineup for Limbikani Mzava and Frank ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango as they drew 0-0 with Maritzburg United at the Harry Gwala Stadium.
Still in the rainbow nation, Atusaye Nyondo came in on the 90th minute for two-goal hero Geoffrey Massa as University of Pretoria thumped Ajax Cape Town 3-0 on Wednesday. Robin Ngalande did not play for Ajax.