Mere hands Stars win

Platinum Stars’ bid for a place in the Absa premiership top eight is back on course after a slender 1-0 victory over AmaZulu in their rain-hit clash at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Wednesday.

The match was halted at halftime for over an hour as torrential rain made play impossible, but after the long break Vuyo Mere slotted a penalty to give Dikwena the win.

That moves Stars up to seventh – ahead of Usuthu – and ends a run of three straight defeats for the North West side.

The first opening of the game fell to Siphelele Mthembu, whose header from a Solomon Mathe centre was over the bar.

Mthembu then turned provider as he teed-up Robert Ng’ambi. But the Malawi international could only fire wide.

Vuyo Mere and Sibusiso Hadebe (twice) then had opportunities to score but spurned them and the teams went into the break at 0-0.

The rain led to a lengthy delay and it seemed at one point as though the game would not restart, but eventually it cleared and play could continue.

The breakthrough came for the home side 10 minutes after the restart when Carlington Nyadombo was adjudged to have handballed in the area and skipper Mere stepped up to convert the spot-kick.

There was little in the way of goal-mouth action after that, but Stars continued to control the game and the half-chances fell their way, though they failed to convert any.

Next up for Dikwena is a home meeting with Lamontville Golden Arrows on Saturday, while AmaZulu are at home to University of Pretoria on Sunday.

Platinum Stars (0) 1 (Mere 55’pen)

AmaZulu 0

Platinum Stars: Mpontshane, Mere, Gumede, Semenya, Mpeta, Mhlongo, Mathe, Hadebe (Makudubela 90’), Ng’ambi, Nyanda (Tshabalala 84’), S Mthembu

AmaZulu: Zikalala, Macala, Hlanti, Nyadombo, Teyise, G Dlamini (Nguzana 85’), Arwuah, A Dlamini, Gamildien (Shabalala 66’), Mthiyane (Manqana 67’), Ndulula