Chiefs throw away lead to draw

Goals from Tshepo Bulu and Mokete Tsotetsi looked to have given Chiefs a vital three points as they led 2-0 after 83 minutes, but Luis Renteria scored a penalty for the visitors, before 20-year-old Bradley Grobler scored a brilliant equaliser in the final minute.

Grobler found acres of space on the right after four minutes, but couldn’t lay on the pass for an on-rushing Henrico Botes and the Chiefs defence cleared.

And two minutes later the home side were ahead with a well-worked goal. David Mathebula played in Nigerian striker Zito Ogbonna, who unselfishly laid the ball square for Bulu to score with a neat side-footed effort.

The Amakhosi were playing some good stuff in the opening 20 minutes and Obgonna again broke lose on the left, charging to the by-line, before crossing low for Mathebula at the back post, whose ‘fresh-air’ shot was not only embarrassing, but a waste of a glorious chance.

Siphiwe Tshabalala went close with a deft lob over Tapuwa Kapini that had the beating of the Platinum Stars goalkeeper, but not the crossbar and it went fractionally over.

Onismor Bhasera did well to get to a long ball ahead of Kapini on the left and managed to cross for Mathebula at the back post on 48 minutes. With the goalkeeper scrambling to get back into position, the Chiefs midfielder blasted the ball against the crossbar.

But Chiefs did deservedly get a second goal just a minute later. Tshabalala’s cross from the left was deflected on its way to goal and fell kindly for Tsotetsi, whose initial shot was blocked by Kapini, but the big centreback was on hand to fire home the rebound.

It should have been 3-0 to Chiefs with 15 minutes remaining when Bhasera crossed, only for Reneilwe Letsholonyane to completely miss his shot, and Mathebula to power the follow-up against teammate Bulu with the goal gaping.

And then the fight-back began. Stars were awarded a penalty on 80 minutes when Tinashe Nengomasha brought down substitute Renteria, who picked himself up to score and set up a grandstand finish.

Chiefs were made to pay for their earlier wastefulness in front of goal when Grobler picked up the ball on the right, cut inside and fired in a low drive that game Ithumeleng Khune no chance in the home goal.

Simba Marumo even had a chance to win it for Stars when he found space in the box in injury time, but the experienced striker took the chance early when he might have taken an extra touch and fired wide.

Amakhosi resume their Absa Premiership campaign with an away trip to Mamelodi Sundowns on January 11, while Stars play host to bottom club Bloemfontein Celtic a day earlier.