Baroka halt City's winning run


Baroka FC came from behind to force a 1-1 draw against Cape Town City in the DStv Premiership on Sunday afternoon.

The Citizens named the same starting eleven for the third game running, while Baroka gave a debut to Joslin Kamatuka with Manuel Kambala unavailable.

A set-back on the side of City 12 minutes in saw captain Thabo Nodada removed following a collision and Mpho Makola introduced from the bench.

The first shot in anger came from the host a little before the midway mark through Goodman Mosele, as the Citizens failed to cover their defensive lines.

This soon fired up the aforementioned side, who quickly went on the attack with a cross-cum shot from a tight angle by Fagrie Lakay nearly resulting in an own-goal.

City piled more pressure on the host when a low strike from close-range by Makola towards the half-hour mark stung the gloves of Baroka goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke.

Jan Olde Riekerink’s side found their reward five minutes into the second half after Bradley Ralani darted in-field to slam a pass from Mduduzi Mdantsane into the bottom-corner.

Bakgaga Ba Ga Mphahlele remained on the back-foot midway in the second half after a flying save from Masuluke plugged Makola’s free-kick from the top-corner.

Matsimela Thoka’s men began to push the Citizens back and levelled matters 15 minutes from time after Terrence Mashego helped Richard Mbulu’s cross into his own net.

City should’ve regained the lead through Ralani who after rounding Masuluke from a penetrative pass, fired against the side-netting from a tight angle.

With time running out, Baroka nearly stole all the points as a free-kick from Gerald Phiri Junior clipped the crossbar with a header from Evidence Makgopa flying over as it ended all square.

Confirmed line-ups:

Baroka: Masuluke, Farmer, Makume, Mphahele, Gebhardt, Kamatuka, Shozi, Mosele,  Masiya, Mgaga, Makgopa.

Subs: Chipezeze, Monama, Mahlanoko, Mbulu, Mogale, Phiri Jr, Kgoetyane, Seema, Patjie.

City: Leeuwenburgh, Martin, Fielies, Cupido, Mashego, Mokeke, Nodada, Mdantsane, Ralani,  Lakay, Shonga.

Subs: Anderson, Mkhie, Kewuti, Morris,  Makola, Zulu, Potouridis.