Kenyan internationals Brian Mandela and Clifton Miheso were in action for their respective sides on Wednesday 24 August as the opening round of the 2016/2017 Premier Soccer League (PSL) came to a close.
While Miheso--who joined Golden Arrows in June--was handed his PSL debut in the second half replacing Nduduzo Sibiya in the 62nd minute at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg, Brian Mandela played the full 90 minutes as Maritzburg United edged Bloemfoentein 1-0 away from home. Kurt Lentjies was the hero for the Team of Choice at the Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium as his 51st minute goal ensured the visitors bagged maximum points.
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Miheso’s debut was one to forget as they received a 3-1 hiding at the hands of Orlando Pirates courtesy of a hatrick from Zimbabwean Tendai Ndoro which reduced Sibiya’s 61st minute goal to a mere consolation.
Following the Round One results, Maritzburg United is ranked fifth while Golden Arrows is 15th on the 16 team log. Ali Abondo’s Ajax Capetown is seventh after settling for a one all draw with Baroka. Free State Stars, who Joseph Okumu is set to join, is at position 11 without a win after losing 1-2 to Chippa United on Tuesday 23 August.