Former Bafana Bafana Skipper and all time top goal-scorer Benni McCarthy had his first win as head coach.
Cape Town City were forced into a pre-match change as Thabo Nodada replaced Teko Modise, who has suffered a slight injury in the warm-up, in the starting line-up.
Benni McCarthy registered his first win as a head coach as Cape Town City downed Polokwane City in their MTN 8 quarterfinal at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.
Lehlohonolo Majoro found himself in a good area in the first minute, and had a shot at goal but his near-post effort went into the side-netting instead.
After a quarter of an hour, Majoro again did well this time breaking the Polokwane City offside trap, but his shot was straight at the on-rushing George Chigova.
A quick counter-attack saw Puleng Tlolane break through the Citizens’ defense, forcing Shuaib Walters into a low save at his near-post.
Majoro had the ball in the back of the net after a tantalising low cross from Lyle Lakay in the 26th minute, but the linesman made a tight call for off-side.
Sibusiso Mbonani made a serious blunder with under 10 minutes to go in the first half, sending a header over Chigova and into his own net after good pressure from a Cape Town City corner.
10 minutes into the second stanza Majoro did well to lose his marker before firing an effort goalward, but Chigova easily blocked the low effort without needing to move.
At the other end, Tlolane and Jabu Maluleke exchanged a neat one-two to break into rge home side’s box, but the former’s shot was straight at Walters.
Shortly after the hour-mark, Thapelo Tshila made an excellent block with his hands, which referee Daniel Bennett was completely oblivious to, to deny Lebogang Manyama’s goalbound effort.
Ayanda Patosi then came on for his debut in the 66th minute, and almost made his mark immediately as his dipping shot narrowly went wide of the target.
With just over 20 minutes to go, the visitors were kept on their toes inside their box as Manyama’s effort was blocked and Patosi’s rebound shot save by Chigova, before Lakay sent the third consecutive effort wide of the mark.
Majoro had an excellent chance to get off the mark this season as Manyama’s run through the middle opened up space for him to the left, but his effort from inside the box was poorly hit straight at Chigova.
Benni McCarthy has named his first line-up as head coach of City, handing Teko Modise and Lyle Lakay their debuts in what looks like a 4-3-3 formation.
McCarthy has kept the backline similar to last season, with Robyn Johannes and Tshepo Gumede partnering in the heart of defence, while Thamsanqa Mkhize and Edmilson Dove cover the full-back positions.
Up front, Lehlohonolo Majoro leads the attack with skipper Lebogang Manyama just behind him, while Lakay and Sibusiso Masina occupy the flanks.
Modise joins Roland Putsche in central midfield, with the latter likely to stay back to allow the former to play a box-to-box role.
Rise and Shine coach Bernard Molekwa has made just one change to his side that beat City 4-2 in their final league game of last season, with Salulani Phiri coming in for Sipho Jembula, who has joined Bloemfontein Celtic.
The experience of Rodney Ramagalele and Jabulani Maluleke will be trying to locate Puleng Tlolane up front, to try and give their side the advantage.
New signing Wiseman Maluleke, who recently joined from Jomo Cosmos, has been named on the bench.