PSL : Its a Limpopo Derby, Polokwane City, Baroka showdown
Polokwane City and Baroka FC will open their league campaign with a highly anticipated derby clash at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday afternoon.Kick-off is at 15:00pm
Rise and Shine recorded their best top-flight season to date last term – despite parting ways with Luc Eymael in what proved to be a bitter divorce – the club marshalled on to record an impressive sixth placed finish.
Bernard Molekwa has been intrusted with taking over the reins and he will be hoping that the club will continue fighting above their weight-class in the new season.
As for neighbours Baroka, their first season in the Absa Premiership did not go as planned with the club booking their place in the top-flight for another season following a three-way PSL promotion/relegation playoff win over Stellenbosch FC and Black Leopards.
Kgoloko Thobejane looks set to start the season on the bench having played musical chairs with the position throughout the course of the previous campaign. Bakgaga have significantly strengthened their squad in the off-season and have also welcomed Kaizer Chiefs legend Doctor Khumalo as the club’s Technical Director.
Polokwane and Baroka have met in just two previous league matches, both of which took place last season. The teams drew 2-2 in the first half of the campaign (the home match for Baroka), while the return game (in which City were hosts) ended in a goalless stalemate.