Despite dominating most of the game, AmaTuks could only manage to secure their 15th draw of the campaign against a resilient Free State Stars side.
Anver Esterhuizen’s first-half header was cancelled out by a low drive from AmaTuks striker Mame Niang 14 minutes after the break.
The home side dominated the early exchanges, with Dipsy Selolwane and particularly Bongani Zungu frightening the Ea Lla Koto defence.
Zungu was a constant threat down the right flank in the early parts of the game. It was his cross from the right flank that led to the first bit of work for the officials in the sixth minute of the match, when Aubrey Ngoma seemed to be impeded by a Free State Stars defender inside the area, but the referee did not agree that it was a penalty.
Tuks skipper Selolwane forced a wonderful save from Kennedy Mweene just after that, when he pulled the trigger from just outside the area.
It was Stars who took the lead in the 29th minute, when Esterhuizen steered a powerful header past Washington Arubi from a Mbuyiselo Sambu cross from the right flank to give Ea Lla Koto the lead with their first attempt on goal.
AmaTuks pushed forward in search of the equaliser before the break, and Niang and Ngoma went close for the home side.
The Senegalese striker rose highest but could only manage to direct his header centimetres past Mweene’s goal in the 38th minute, before Ngoma’s shot straight at the Zambian from inside the area.
AmaTuks dominated the first stanza but it was the away side that went into the break a goal to the good. However, the hosts did not have to wait very long to score the equaliser after the interval.
Niang beat the offside trap before coolly slotting the ball past Mweene to net his eighth goal of the season in the 59th minute of the game.
Second half substitute Thokozani Sekotlong nearly grabbed the headlines in the 80th minute of the match, when his dipping effort from outside the area went just over the Ea Lla Koto captain’s crossbar.
Both sides went in search of the killer blow in the last 10 minutes of the match but both sides’ defences held firm.