Mpumalanga Black Aces held a wasteful Mamelodi Sundowns to a 1-1 draw at Mbombela Stadium on Wednesday in their Àbsa Premiership encounter. The league champions, who created opportunities but failed to covert all but one, should’ve scored from as early as the 10th minute. Hlompho Kekana found himself in familiar territory after rushing onto a cut back from Khama Billiat.
Kekana proceded to fire wide. Six minutes later Teko Modise attempted his trademark long range effort from 35 yards out which he missed. On the 20th minute Billiat found himself inside the box with the ball at his feet, but he missed the target from his effort.
Aces, who didn’t pose much threat, tested Denis Onyango for the first time in the 32nd minute. Onyango produced a sublime save as a result. Seven minutes later the Brazilians were awarded a dodgy penalty after the referee was convinced that Kekana was brought down in the box.
Modise went on to take advantage of the spot kick. Almost directly after the restart, Onyekachi Okonkwo stepped up and put Amazayoni level two minutes from half-time. He struck the ball from outside the 18-yard box after Onyango had cleared a cross.
The score stood at 1-1 at half-time. In the second half the game went back and forth as both teams missed opportunities to pull ahead. Billiat and Collins Mbesuma missed some notable chances throughout the half. A moment of confusion in the 90th minute almost cost the Mpumalanga side a point after the referee had allowed a goal but then overturned his decision letting the teams share the spoils.