Mpumalanga Black Aces played to a 1-1 draw with the University Of Pretoria in the Absa Premiership match played at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Saturday. AmaTuks started well enough, and would have felt aggrieved that Jackson Mabokgwane was only shown yellow for a professional foul on Atusaye Nyondo. From the resultant free-kick, Getaneh Kebede flicked his header from Thabo Mnyamane’s set-piece but it flew inches over.
Nyondo was impressive and almost teed up Kebede on 20 minutes, but for a timely intervention by Eddie Ngalo. Aces almost opened the scoring on 25 minutes when Ashraf Hendricks made a late run into the box from a corner-kick, but his header was narrowly over. Vuyisile Ntombayithethi headed over at the other end soon after, but Aces eventually scored the opener on the half-hour mark, from a predictable ource.
Then Colins Mbesuma picked the ball up outside the area and ran towards goal, using his strength to hold off a defender before slotting past Trystan Coetsee. Amazayoni were not done and the Tuks goalie reacted well to keep out Ngalo’s powerful header shortly afterwards, before Sibusiso Mthethwa took the ball off Mbesuma’s toe when the Zambian striker looked set to double the score. Shaun Bartlett’s boys pushed hard for an equaliser after the break, with Mnyamane nearly providing that on 56 minutes only for his header to graze the crossbar.
Mbesuma could have had his second on the hour mark but having rounded the goalkeeper, he opted to cut back and cross rather than attempt the shot from a tight angle, and the moment was lost. Mpho Maruping thundered a shot from distance inches wide in the dying seconds, but Tuks eventually found the equaliser that their play so fully deserved, with Nyondo brilliantly heading home Thabo Mosadi’s cross to ensure a deadlock in Nelspruit.