Port Elizabeth – A goal eight minutes from time by Jabulani Maluleke has rescued a point for Polokwane City as they played to a 1-1 draw against Chippa United in a PSL match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Wednesday night.
Mhlengi Cele opened the scoring for Chippa in the 53rd minute before a stunning free-kick from Maluleke levelled matters to see the two teams share the spoils.
The draw sees Polokwane in ninth place on the table with 26 points from 21 games while Chippa are in 11th place with 24 points from the same number of games.
The first half saw both sides playing attacking football, but their finishing in front of goal was poor.
Chippa’s first attempt on goal came in the 11th minute when James Okwuosa met a good cross into the box, but saw his header go inches wide of the goal.
Polokwane tried their luck from distance in the 22nd minute, but Maxwell Molala fired narrowly over the crossbar.
The best chance of the half fell to the home side in the 39th minute when some swift play saw William Twala in space just inside the box, but his shot was superbly saved by Modiri Marumo.
The second half saw Chippa start positively and they took the lead eight minutes after the restart.
Some swift play by George Akpabio saw him play the ball to Mhlengi Cele in space 16-yards out and he fired into the corner of the net, 1-0.
Polokwane took charge of the game after that, but struggled to find their way past a stubborn Chippa defence.
Still, the away side persisted and found the equaliser in the 82nd minute thanks to a superb 24-yard free-kick strike from Jabulani Maluleke, 1-1.
Neither side could find the winner in the dying minutes as the game ended all-square.
Chippa United (0) 1 (Cele 53’)
Polokwane City (0) 1 (J. Maluleke 82’)
Chippa United: Mbongeni Mzimela, Ruben Cloete (Sipho Mtule 86’), Andile Mbenyane, Gert Barends, James Okwousa, Eric Chipeta, William Thwala, Manti Moholo, Thamsanqa Sangweni (Siyabonga Zulu 46’), Mhlengi Cele, Ugonna Uzochukwu (George Akpabio 46’).
Polokwane City: Modiri Marumo, Tshepo Tema (Bhekuthambo Mema 63’), Rendani Ndou (Thobani Mncwango 46’), Joseph Musonda, Cole Alexander, Lebogang Motumi, Maxwell Molala, Dodam Dogere, Tokelo Langa, Jabulani Maluleke, Esau Kanyenda (Puleng Tlolane 75’).