Arrows into top spot after stalemate

Premiership

Golden Arrows moved into the top eight following a 1-1 draw against Polokwane City in the Absa Premiership on Sunday.

Arrows coach Steve Komphela continued with Sifiso Mlungwana ingoal and started Lerato Lamola up front alongside Knox Mutizwa.

Rise and Shine were behind in the first eight minutes when poor defending invited Mutizwa who had the easy of finishes from inside the six-yard area.

Arrows lived on the edge following the midway mark, as Kabelo Mahlasela like Mashumba hoofed over a golden chance in the area following a nicely worked tee-up.

Themba Chauke gave Mlungwana a big welcome to the top flight with a powerful strike outside the area, but the effort was met with an equally stunning save following 26 minutes.

Momentum though stayed with Rise and Shine following halftime, as Walter Musona’s free-kick forced Mlungwana into a flying save from the near post.

Steve Komphela made a change after the 60th minute as he sacrificed Lindokuhle Mtshali for Thabani Zuke.

Arrows were denied a second towards the final quarter after Lerato Lamola ran onto Mutizwa’s through ball, but Chigova narrowed the angle to pull off a point-blank save.

Rise and Shine eventually drew level when Mohammed Anas reacted quickly to a loose ball off a rebound in the area to smash past Mlungwana on the 70th minute.

Abafana Besthende were denied a late winner when Zuke’s shot brought Chigova to a fine stop with Mutizwa hitting the woodwork from a free-kick later on, as the two sides shared the spoils.

Teams:

Polokwane: Chigova, Mvelase, Hlongwane, Hlatshwayo, Nthatheni, Chauke, Musona, Phiri, Mashumba, J. Maluleke, Mashlasela

Subs: Chibwe, W. Maluleke, Manaka, Puleng, Nene, Mohammed, Mokiti.

Arrows: Mlungwana, S.Dube, Sibisi, Mathiane, Nkombelo, Shitolo, Phiri, Mtshali, Makhubela, Lamola, Mutizwa.

Subs: N.Gumede, L.Dube, Lunga, Venter, Sibiya, Zuke, Khwela.

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