Baroka held by Chiefs in Polokwane
Posted: 14 August 2018 Time: 17:54
Baroka FC and Kaizer Chiefs shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw in an Absa Premiership encounter in Polokwane.
Chiefs started promisingly when Khama Billiat nearly connected with a chip delivery from Siphelele Ntshangase on six minutes.
A cross from Ramahlwe Mphahlele two minutes later almost picked out a teammate, but the delivery in the skipped off the clutches of any front-men.
Bakgaga’s first goal-mouth attempt found Mduduzi Mdantsane aiming to pick out Itumeleng Khune from afar, but the attempt went horribly wide in the end.
A topsy-turvy battle ensued approaching the half-an-hour mark, with both teams struggling to create any meaningful openings.
The Amakhosi attempted to slip in Leonardo Castro, but the high-defensive line caught him offside after 25 minutes.
Out of nowhere, Baroka took the lead after a long ball caught Siyabonga Ngezana and Daniel Cardoso off guard forcing the latter to divert to his own net after 36 minutes.
Returning to the starting eleven, Siphiwe Tshabalala was offered time and space on the ball and his incisiveness played freed Castro through goal but the Colombian missed from close range.
Ngezana made amends for his earlier error after connecting with Tshabalala’s free-kick to nudge the ball into an empty net after it bounced on the goal-line on the stroke of halftime.
Baroka nearly regained the ascendancy at the start of the second half, but Mpho Kgaswane was denied by the upright from 12-yards out.
The Amakhosi responded through Gustavo Paez, but a goal-line clearance prohibited him from obtaining his first goal this season.
Talent Chawapihwa was on the end of a delightful move, but indecisiveness in front of goal saw him miss the opportunity to get on the score-sheet.
It was becoming a frantic encounter, as both sides went full throttle at one other. Castro was denied back-to-back goals with another goal-line clearance from a sturdy Bakgaga rear-guard.
The Limpopo side were smelling blood as there appeared a few grey areas to exploit which with a bit of fortune, nearly paid dividends for them.
Zimbabwean Ringo Chavaviro was inches from grabbing his first for his new club, but for some reason the ball swayed off goal beyond an on-rushing Itumeleng Khune.
Following a slow spell of play at the midway point, the game sprung to life late on and Baroka nearly found the winner but poor finishing albeit misfortune denied them.
HOME: Baroka FC
Coach: Wedson Nyirenda
AWAY: Kaizer Chiefs
Coach: Giovanni Solinas