Hendrick Ekstein of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Bongile Booi of Polokwane City during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Polokwane City and Kaizer Chiefs at Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 23 February 2019 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Saturday Feb 23, 2019. 17:42
Polokwane City and Kaizer Chiefs drew 1-1 in an Absa Premiership match at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
As a result, Rise and Shine remained eighth on the league table, while Amakhosi moved up to sixth spot.
The encounter got off to a lively start as Chiefs were awarded a penalty when Nicholas Motloung was adjudged to have handled the ball in the Polokwane box.
Daniel Cardoso then stepped up and he converted from the spot-kick to make it 1-0 to Chiefs in the 14th - scoring his third goal in as many matches.
However, the lead only lasted for six minutes as Rise and Shine levelled matters through hard-working attacker Walter Musona.
The Zimbabwean attacker scored with a powerful long-range shot to make it 1-1 - silencing the Amakhosi fans inside the stadium.
Chiefs tried to respond with a goal, but they could not get their shots on target as Siphelele Ntshangase fired wide from a set-piece.
Hendrick Ekstein then failed to score from close range and the two teams were locked at 1-1 at the interval following a lively first-half.
Rise and Shine were able to contain Amakhosi in the first 10 minutes of the second half and German coach Ernst Middendorp decided to make a change.
The Chiefs gaffer pulled out Philani Zulu and he introduced Ramahlwe Mphahlele four minutes before the hour-mark.
Amakhosi had a chance to restore their lead in the 70th minute, but Sibusiso Mbonani made a crucial clearance before Dumisani Zuma could shoot at goal.
Chiefs piled pressure on Polokwane in the closing stages of the game, but goalkeeper George Chigova produced a great save to deny Zuma - ensuring that the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
Polokwane (1) 1 (Musona 20')
Chiefs (1) (Cardoso 14')
Polokwane: Chigova, Mvelase, Hlongwane, Mbonani, Motloung, Seabi, Phiri, Musona (Manaka 80'), Maluleke, Mashumba (Mngomezulu 66'), Booi (Anas 84').
Chiefs: Akpeyi, Moleko, Hadebe, Cardoso, Ntyiya-Ntiya (Moon 82'), Ntshangase, Maluleka, Ekstein (Zuma 46'), Zulu (Mphahlele 56'), Parker, Billiat.