The Absa Premiership encounter between Polokwane City and Kaizer Chiefs ended 1-1 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday night after a dominant midfield performance by Rise and Shine. The City of Stars welcomed the teams at a near capacity venue as the two teams prepared to battle it out for the three points. It was end–to-end action in the first half as both teams tried to assert themselves with the visitors looking the more dangerous of the two teams despite the home team edging possession.
George Lebese, Tsepo Masilela and Bernard Parker were wreaking havoc down the left wing for Amakhosi as they delivered cross after cross into the box. In the 30th minute it was the Parker’s free kick that found its way through to Eric Mathoho as the defender scrambled the ball into the back of the net. The first half ended 1-0 to Steve Komphela’s men.
The second period looked a different game as Kosta Papic’s men dominated the middle of the park with good combination play. The Chiefs defence looked unsettled and in the 62nd minute Randy Ngobe’s shot hit the cross bar before Puleng Tlolane finished off the move with a cracker into the top right hand corner of Itumeleng Khune’s goal. Jabu Maluleke continued to boss the midfield for the visitors while Sibusiso Mbonani continued to organise their defence.
Despite City’s dominance, it was the Sowetans who would come closest to stealing the points in the 88th minute as a ball into the box found Willard Katsande unmarked at the far post but the Zimbabwean headed wide. The game ended in a stalemate as a man of the match performance by Jabu Maluleke earned his team a draw against the 2014/15 league champions. Polokwane move above the University Of Pretoria into sixth place after they were beaten 4-0 by Chippa United.
Polokwane City: Konopi, Tema, Masenamela, Mbonani, Nyadombo, Nene, Jacobs, Maluleke, Ngobe, Tlolane, Ndou
Kaizer Chiefs: Khune, Gaxa, Mathoho, Xulu, Masilela, Katsande, Tshabalala, Parker, Letsholonyane, Lebese, Mthembu