Polokwane City fight back to hold Kaizer Chiefs

Polokwane City fight back to hold Kaizer Chiefs
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

by Austin Ditlhobolo

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.

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