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Arrows coach Manqoba Mngqithi will be disappointed with a home draw

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Posted: 22 November 2008 Time: 17:36

Golden Arrows remain the only unbeaten team in the Absa Premiership, but they will be disappointed at having been held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Bloemfontein Celtic at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The league leaders opened the scoring early on through Philani Shange, but Phunya Sele Sele pulled level within the first half thanks to Ugandan forward Geoffrey Sserunkuma.

Celtic threatened early on, with Kleinbooi Taaibos and Fischer Kondowe driving their long range efforts off target within the first ten minutes.

However, Arrows opened the scoring in the 11th minute, with Shange finding the back of the net from close range after good work by Njabulo Manqana to provide a cross for the attacking midfielder.

Kagiso Senamela almost doubled the advantage just a few minutes later with a curling effort from 25 yards, but the attacker saw his shot fly over the crossbar.

Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb denied Shange a second goal with a superb save in the 21st minute, parrying the Arrows player's shot to safety.

Richard Henyekane, the Absa Premiership's co-leading goal scorer, was closely marked by the Phunya Sele Sele defence and he rarely had the space or time in which to get a sight of goal.

In the 34th minute the Arrows striker tried to fire off a shot, but Cyrille Mubiala was having none of it, bravely blocking the effort.

Celtic drew level in the 37th minute, Sserunkuma providing a fantastic finish to Solomon Mathe's assist and giving Abafana Bes'thende 'keeper Helton Da Rocha no chance.

The teams were locked at 1-1 heading into the interval, and judging by the way Arrows started the second half, they must have given some harsh words by coach Manqoba Mngqithi.

Bravilian striker Italo Da Silva blazed over from 12 yards out in the 48th minute and Tignyemb was called into action when Henyekane tried to curl a shot inside the far post in the 52nd.

Da Silva soon made way for the creative talents of Abia Nale, though the playmaker could find no way to unlock the resilient Celtic rearguard.

The visitors had a couple of late shots at goal as they tried to burgle all three points, with Mathe, Kondowe and Thabo Nthethe all shooting off target, but they failed to add to the score.

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