Polokwane City Football Club has been in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) for a few seasons since they gained promotion from the National First Division (NFD). The team is based in Polokwane alongside the new comers Baroka football Club. Polokwane City has managed to establish themselves as a team that will be staying in the elite league for a long time. The team comprises of talented youngsters who are working very hard to cement their positions in the starting lineup of the team. The team finished the 2015/16 season in position 10 and they will be going out for a better position than the last one in the new PSL season starting on the 23rd August 2016. The team has strengths and weaknesses, so let us look at those based on their previous participation in the league and cup competitions.
Polokwane City’s strengths are in their goalkeeper, defenders, central midfielders, wingers and strikers. Their goalkeeper Chigova is one of the top performers in the team. The man has managed to stop clear goals against opponents. He is very good on aerial balls and when it comes to position himself, he is the best in the PSL. Although his defense has exposed him a lot of times, Chigova has managed to stop clear scoring opportunities of opponents.
In defense, the team has Nyadombo, Tshilo, Semenya, Mbonambi, Phungwayo, and Hlongwane, to select from. In most games, the team uses Mbonambi and Tshilo in central defense, Hlongwane in left back and Phungwayo in right back position. These 4 guys are very solid when it comes to their defending roles.
Their central midfielders, Jabulani Maluleke and Cole Alexander was one of the best in the league. With Cole Alexander now playing for Supersport United, the position will be contested by Manaka and Seabi. The team has all the talented midfielders to win them a trophy in the PSL.
Their wingers, Jembula, Ngobe, Matjila and Mavundla are all capable of providing scoring opportunities to their strikers. Mostly the team uses Ngobe on the left and Jembula on the right, with Mavundla and Matjila awaiting for a chance on the bench.
Their strikers, Thobani Mncwango, Pule Tloloane and Esau Kanyenda has scored goals for the team. These strikers causes a lot of confusion in a lot of teams they face as they can score from anything that is in the box. Tloloane and Mncwango can score from outside the 18 area as well.
The team’s weaknesses are in their defending style when under attack and their lack of energy to last for the entire 90 minutes. In most games, the team has been caught without enough numbers at the back when they lost possession in the midfield. The problem lies with the movement of their left and right backs without the ball. They also fail to come back in time to close the space they left when moving forward unnecessarily.
The team also lack enough energy for the entire 90 minutes. In most cases when they are tired, they just kick the ball forward without realizing that the ball will be back again in a minute or two, which makes them use too much energy trying to mark the ball which they easily give away.
Solution to their weaknesses
The team has just signed a new coach Luc Eymael. The team needs players who have flair in the middle of the park and also the additional wingers who will be able to attack for the entire 90 minutes. To add more goals, the team has added Rodney Ramagalela to their striking force.