Ngobese rescues Thanda
Posted: 1 March 2008 Time: 18:08
A late goal from Emmanuel 'Scara' Ngobese denied Free State Stars all three points, as they drew 2-2 with Thanda Royal Zulu in their Absa Premiership match played at Goble Park on Saturday afternoon.
The former Kaizer Chiefs man scored with just a minute of regulation time left to help Amabhubesi recover from two goals down to claim a 2-2 draw with their high-flying opponents.
Diyo Sibisi handed Stars the lead just before the half-hour mark, heading home from Siyabonga Mdluli's cross in the 28th minute to put the hosts 1-0 up.
And three minutes later they doubled their advantage, as Sthembiso Ngcobo scored from close range with his left foot to put Ea Lla Koto well in control of the match.
Thanda, however, hit straight back. Bennet Mnguni got on the end of Clement Mazibuko's cross and headed past Kennedy Mweene to make it 2-1 in the 33rd minute.
After three goals in the space of five minutes, both teams looked to settle down and consolidate their respective positions, leaving Stars a goal ahead at the break.
Ea Lla Koto's Moses Mbuyane and Amabhubesi's Ahmed Mohammed both brought out good saves from their opponents' goalkeepers early in the second half, but the supporters at Princess Magogo had to wait until the 89th minute for the next goal.
Ngobese got on the end of Ryan Botha's cross and fired home his first goal for Thanda to secure what could be a vital point for the Absa Premiership rookies.