Polokwane, Wits play out thrilling draw

Polokwane’s four-match unbeaten run was put to test, while Wits looked to get back to winning ways to increase their lead over Orlando Pirates.

City failed to get their noses in front after 14 minutes when from a corner Mohammed Anas failed to blast home the loose ball, before Gift Motupa beat a cluster of defenders on the byline to send a cross-cum shot flying across the face of goal.

Rise and Shine shone after the midway stage when Bongile Booi’s glancing header crept in off the left-hand post and into the net following an in-swinging free-kick from Jabulani Maluleke.

The latter produced his magic yet again with a high-swinging cross off a free-kick finding Tshepo Seabi, who rose to nod beyond the reach of Darren Keet five minutes later.

The Students revived their stall in blistering fashion after Motupa reduced the deficit ten minutes to halftime from a stunning range.

That prepared the visitors for the equaliser, and Motupa received the memorandum by levelling the playing field with a free-header following Deon Hotto’s corner two minutes later.

On the hour mark, Poor defending from Simphiwe Hlongwane allowed Thulani Hlatshwayo to fire the Clever Boys in front for the first time in the game.

Following his introduction for his debut, Charlton Mashumba almost caught Keet off guard with a glancing header that forced the shot-stopper to make an instinctive save with 20 minutes remaining.

In trademark fashion, Maluleke restored parity for Polokwane after his 30-yard free-kick hit the top of the left-hand post en-route to the net to end off an enthralling contest in Polokwane.


Polokwane: Chigova, Kalake, Mbonani, Hlongwane, Seabi, Nkili, Phiri, Booi, Anas, Maluleke, Musona.

Subs: Tlolane,  Manaka, W.Maluleke, Sikhosana, Mphambaniso, Phali, Mashumba

Wits: Keet, Mere, Nonyane, Hlatshwayo,Hlanti, Monare, Alexander, Motupa, Hotto, Pelembe, Majoro.

Subs: Goss, Mkhwanazi, Ritchie, Mhango, Claasen, Domingo, Murray.