Vuyani Ntanga from Bloemfontein Celtic FC
Sunday Apr 17, 2016. 17:02
An 86th minute goal from Vuyani Ntanga saw Bloemfontein Celtic salvage a 1-1 draw against the University of Pretoria in an Absa Premiership match at the Dr Molemela Stadium on Sunday.
The Phunya Sele Sele managed to steal a point from the jaws of defeat with the late goal that sees them move further away from the relegation zone.
The draw sees Celtic up to 12th on the table with 27 points from 25 matches.
The draw, on the other hand, for Tuks sees them still hovering dangerous close to the relegation zone.
Tuks are only one place and one point outside of the relegation zone with 21 points from 25 matches.
Celtic had the first real shot on goal in the 12th minute, but Thapelo Morena was superbly denied by the Tuks keeper.
A minute later the action was at the other end of the park with Atusaye Nyondo trying his luck from range, but this time the Celtic keeper made a good save.
That gave Tuks the confidence to attack and they began to pile pressure on the Celtic goal, but for the most part the home side’s defence held firm.
That was until the dying seconds of the opening half when a cross from the right flank by Getaneh Kebede was touched into the path of Thabo Nemukondeni i and he finished with aplomb from 14-yards out, 1-0.
Tuks continued to play some nice passing football and should have found their second goal just after the hour mark, but some poor finishing from Lennox Bacela saw him fail to convert in front of goal.
The miss proved costly as Celtic levelled matters in the 86th minute after superb 24-yard free-kick from Vuyani Ntanga found the top corner of the net, 1-1.
Bacela nearly stole victory in the 90th minute for Tuks, but the striker was superbly denied in a one-on-one situation with goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb earning his side a share of the spoils.
Bloemfontein Celtic (0) 1 (Ntanga 86’)
University of Pretoria (1) 1 (Nemukondeni 45’)
Celtic: Tignyemb, Jooste, Lubisi, Ndengane, Letlabika, Phalane (Nyatama 44’), Lakay (Ntanga 76’), Morena, Abdoul, Matuka, Zuma (Lamola 52’).
Tuks: Coetsee, Jaure,Mwedihanga, Mthethwa, Sibande, Nemukondeni (Zwane 78’), Maruping, Getaneh (Chikohwa 55’), Mnyamane (Ketjijere 68’), Nyondo, Bacela.