Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs played to a 1-1 draw in their semi-final first leg of the MTN8 at the Free State Stadium on Sunday. Helder Pelembe scored the first goal of the game in the first half and Bernard Parker netted for the Phefeni Glamour Boys in the second stanza to set up an intriguing second leg at the FNB Stadium. Chiefs were dominated throughout the first period, yet they were unable to produce any goals to show for it.
In the sixth minute Siphiwe Tshabalala had a chance at goal but laid the ball straight at Siwelele goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb. In the 34th minute, Pelembe scored the first goal of the game. He scored a spectacular goal from outside the box with three Amakhosi defenders in front of him.
Bevan Fransman fouled inside the box affording the opposing team with a penalty and a chance to equalise. The spot kick was taken by Parker who shot wide to guarantee a 1-0 lead at the break for Phunya Sele Sele. Siboniso Gaxa did well in the 56th minute when he delivered a cross to Reneilwe Letsholonyane who headed just over the cross bar.
Parker had a chance to redeem himself in the 62nd minute when Tshabalala found George Lebese with a long ball. Lebese headed it back into space only for the ball to land perfectly in Parker’s direction and the hitman scored with a sublime strike from outside the box. In the 86th minute George Maluleka tried a long range shot with power but it was off target .
The last chance for Steve Komphela’s charges came in the 88th minute when Tshabalala did well on the right flank and turned to his left to deliver a quality cross which found Siphelel Mthembu who headed it just wide. Komphela and Clinton Larsen shook hands knowing they will meet again next weekend to determine one of the tournament’s finalists.