Saturday Sep 30, 2017. 22:17
Thamsanqa Gabuza was at the double as Orlando Pirates and Polokwane City played to a 2-2 draw in an Absa Premiership fixture at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday evening.
The burly forward with a 92nd minute equaliser to deny Rise and Shine all three points, after Pirates had initially taken the lead in the Limpopo province.
Harold Ndlovu had to be alert throughout the opening stanza to keep Pirates at arms length, after he came in as a late change for George Chigova who injured himself during warm-up.
Goalless at the break.
The opening goal finally came in the 51st minute as Gabuza finished off a swift move - tapping in Thembinkosi Lorch beautifully disguised pass.
City, though, would hit right back with an eight minute blitz. The hosts profiting from two defensive blunders by the visitors.
Wayne Sandilands guilty on the first occasion as his attempted clearance sparked a City attack. Rendani Ndou on hand to finish-off from close range to send the hosts into delirium.
Ramagalela handed Rise and Shine the lead in the 69th minute. City quick to pounce after Abbubaker Mobara coughed up possession in a dangerous area as the former Mamelodi Sundowns forward continued his good start to the season.
City, though, would be denied all three points as Gabuza completed his brace in stoppage time. The forward nodding home Musa Nyatama's hopeful pass into the area - as City remain 14th on the log stands. Pirates sit in fourth.
Polokwane City (0) 2 (Ndou 61' Ramagalela 69')
Orlando Pirates (0) 2 (Gabuza 51' 90+2')
Polokwane City: Ndlovu; Ravhuhali, Semenya, Tshilo, Maponyane, Ndou, Seabi, Maluleke (Mbonani 76'), Phiri, Ramagalela (Mngomezulu 83'), Tlolane (Musona 63')
Orlando Pirates: Sandilands; Nyauza, Mobara (Rakhale 83'), Jele, Dube, Makola, Nyatama, Maela, Qalinge (Morrison 77'), Lorch (Shonga 67'), Gabuza