Free State Stars hold Platinum Stars

Free State Stars hold Platinum Stars
Edward Manqele of Free State Stars

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Oct 21, 2017. 22:25

Free State Stars held Platinum Stars to a 1-1 draw in an Absa Premiership match at the Goble Park Stadium on Saturday night.

Despite drawing at home, Ea Lla Koto remain seventh on the league table, while Dikwena also remain 16th on the log.

Dikwena, who were the visitors were able to contain Ea Lla Koto in the first 20 minutes of the encounter.

The visitors were awarded a penalty in the 33rd minute and Bonginkosi Ntuli converted to make it 1-0 to Dikwena.

This was the striker's second goal in as many league games having also scored against Orlando Pirates in midweek.

However, Ea Lla Koto were able to apply some pressure on the Dikwena defence and they equalized through Edward Manqele.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns forward, who was also making it two goals in two league games, scored in the 43rd minute.

The score was 1-1 between Free State Stars and Platinum Stars at the interval in Bethlehem.

Ea Lla Koto's goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangare was called into action nine minutes after the restart and he denied Dikwena midfielder Thobani Kunene.

The home side's defence was frustrating Dikwena, who introduced Brian Mwila, a Zambian striker, in the 69th minute.

However, marksman was tightly marked by the Ea Lla Koto defence which was marshalled by Guinean defender Bangaly Keita.

The two sides launched attacks in the closing stages, but they could not score a late goal and the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

FS Stars (1) 1 (Manqele 43')
P Stars (1) 1 (Ntuli 33')

FS Stars: Sangare, Masehe, Mobbie (Mashego 13'), Keita, Phungwayo, Mbhele, Potsane, Vilakazi (G.Dlamini 56'), Manqele (Mahamutsa 74'), Jantjie, Anas.

P Stars: Visser, De Jongh, Zulu, Sithole, Mwedihanga, Mere, Mkhabela, Ng'ambi, Otladisa (Kunene 49'), Msomi (Mwila 69'), Ntuli (Matlakala 88').



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