Cape Town City FC off to perfect start

The new PSL side beat Polokwane City at Cape Town Stadium to top the league standings.

FILE: Cape Town City FC logo. Picture: Carl Lewis/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town City FC got off to the perfect start in their maiden PSL season after beating Polokwane City 2-0 at the Cape Town Stadium.

Goals in either half by Bongolethu Jayiya and Aubrey Ngoma sealed the victory for the side formerly known as Mpumalanga Black Aces.

With the win in their inaugural match, City went to the top of the table after being the only side to keep a clean sheet on the night where three other matches took place.

City coach Eric Tinkler said Jayiya's strike on the stroke of half time was decisive as the attacking midfielder showed composure and skill before firing the ball into the top corner.

"I felt in that, in the first half that we would get that opportunity and fortunately enough, we got it just before half-time and it is a good time to score. That builds the morale and builds the confidence and it obviously works the opposite for the opposition."

Tinkler believes the second half performance was inferior to that of the first, feeling they were "more comfortable on the ball" at the beginning of the match.

He did however praise the impact of club captain Lebogang Manyama off the bench in the second stanza. "He gave us a little stability when we needed it, just that little creativity that gave us that second wind."

Manyama was crucial in Ngoma's goal which sealed the win after some lovely interplay between the pair that saw the latter coolly slot home past the 'keeper to double their lead.

City now look forward to another match at home against Soweto Giants Kaizer Chiefs on Friday.

Tinkler is confident that his players will give a better account of themselves in their MTN 8 clash against the Amakhosi.

"I definitely go into that game without any butterflies. Playing against Chiefs is the game you worry about the least because you know what's going to pitch up from your players on the day," said Tinkler.

After Chiefs lost their opening league match against Wits last night, he knows the club as well as coach Steve Komphela will be under pressure from the outset.