City’s close shave with rel­e­ga­tion

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The early years

Polok­wane City first gained pro­mo­tion to the PSL’s top di­vi­sion in May 2011 in what was called Coastal Stream. The Rise and Shine own­ers had bought the sta­tus of Port El­iz­a­beth-based Bay United in 2010

The swift re­turn

In May 2013 City were back in the PSL af­ter spend­ing one sea­son in the Na­tional First Di­vi­sion fol­low­ing their rel­e­ga­tion in 2011-12 sea­son. They have never been rel­e­gated since

Es­caped rel­e­ga­tion

Rise and Shine es­caped rel­e­ga­tion via the na­tional play-offs in May 2014 with First Di­vi­sion clubs Black Leop­ards and Mi­lano United, af­ter fin­ish­ing in 15th spot in their sec­ond full sea­son at the PSL

Promis­ing run

2014-15 was a bet­ter sea­son for City as they fin­ished in 12th spot on the PSL log, only to take a step back the fol­low­ing sea­son when they fin­ished in 13th

Best ever sea­son

The 2016-17 sea­son was City’s best cam­paign by far as they fin­ished in sixth and qual­i­fied for the MTN8 for the very first time. City were, how­ever, to go back to their rel­e­ga­tion-fight­ing mode last sea­son, bat­tling until they fin­ished 12th

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