Johannesburg - A
late goal from substitute Thabo Moloi secured a 1-1 draw for Free State Stars
against Kaizer Chiefs in an Absa Premiership encounter at the Peter Mokaba
Stadium on Wednesday.
Mphela came off the bench to net his first goal in an Amakhosi jersey, but the
Bafana Bafana marksman was outdone by relatively unknown Thabo Moloi who
levelled matters seven minutes from time to ease Stars’ fears of automatic
hosts pushed forward from the onset as they looked for an early opener to settle
any nerves inside the Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Mathoho headed over from a corner-kick in the seventh minute before Abdul Basit
went close at the other end for the visitors.
best chance of the half fell to Bernard Parker in the 27th minute. Siphiwe
Tshabalala made storming run into the penalty-box before laying it off to his
Bafana Bafana teammate, who could find no way past Ayanda Mtshali from close
as they might, Chiefs failed to unlock a robust Stars back-line in the opening
Mphela found the opener in the 68th minute.
ball bounced off the crossbar and into the path of 'Killer', who nodded in from
close range to register his first goal since swapping Chloorkop for
immediately went in search of the equaliser and found it through youngster
Thabo Moloi in the 83rd minute.
Nomandela's low cross evaded three Chiefs defenders before finding Moloi, who
prodded in from close range to break Amakhosi hearts.
now trail log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns by four points knowing that if the
Brazilians manage to trump Tshwane rivals SuperSport United next week Pitso
Mosimane's men will be crowned the new Absa Premiership champions.