AmaZulu, Free State Stars draw


Duncan Lechesa handed Ea Lla Koto a first half lead before Siyabonga Mkhwanazi leveled matters midway through the second half.

The visitors enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges, with striker Jimmy Kauleza shooting over from inside the area in the sixth minute.

Sifiso Vilakazi also wasted a good chance to hand Stars the lead three minutes later when he shot wide from inside the area.

The hosts were awarded a dubious penalty in the 15th minute when Stars’ keeper Kennedy Mweene was adjudged to have fouled Dumisani Ngwenya inside the area, but justice prevailed when Mweene tipped John Moshoeu’s spot-kick onto the post and the danger was cleared.

Ea Lla Koto took the lead in the 32nd minute when skipper Lechesa headed home after Matome Madimabe headed James Matola’s cross back across the face of goal.

The score remained 1-0 at the break.

Free State Stars continued pushing forward in the second half, with Kauleza sending a header over the crossbar in the opening minutes.

Kauleza sent another shot over the bar in the 65th minute, and the visitors were made to rue their wastefulness in front of goal in the 72nd minute when substitute Mkhwanazi scored with a low shot from inside the area following a good pass by Thabo Mabaso.

Both sides pushed forward in search of an equaliser, but it was not to be, with a draw the fair result on the day.