Dikwena earn fighting draw
Robert Ng'ambi (Backpage)
Polokwane - Platinum Stars have fought back to draw 2-2 with Polokwane
City in their Premier League game at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium, on
The MTN8 and Telkom Knockout Cup winners found
themselves trailing by two goals after 26 minutes, with crackerjack 22
year-old striker Puleng Tlolane scoring both times as Polokwane City
began with a bang and looked like causing a major upset.
Tlolane, demonstrated his mettle as early as the fourth
minute when he burst through a static, seemingly complacent Stars'
defence and opened the score with an opportunist goal.
Tlolane completed his brace with a second in the 26th minute of the encounter, as City raced to a two goal lead.
The beckoning three points would have been invaluable
for 13th-placed City as they battle to steer clear of the relegation
zone, but Stars had other ideas and gradually gained a dominant grip on
Skilled Malawi international midfielder Robert Ng'ambi
gave Stars a deserved goal in the 41st minute after receiving the ball
from a long throw-in, and the second half belonged almost entirely to
the clinical Rustenburg-based combination.
While Stars dominated possession during the second
period while probing continually for an equaliser, they had to wait
until the 84th minute before making the score 2-2.
Sphelele Mthembu's shot was cleared off the line, but
Tintswalo Tshabalala snapped up the rebound and made no mistake while
securing the equaliser.
In all, Stars had 13 shots at goal, with five of them
on target, while City made telling use by scoring twice from the only
attempts they had on target in the first half.
While it was a relatively easy night for recent Bafana
Bafana squad member Siyabonga Mpontshane in the Stars' goal, Modiri
Marumo was kept busy throughout in doing a good job to keep the probing
Stars' strikers at bay.
Stars coach Allan Freese again surprised by leaving
players of the calibre of Mthembu and Botswana international Mogakolodi
Ngele on the bench at the outset, with the Rustenburg side looking a
more skilled and potent combination when they came on in the second
"We made a great start and had a great chance of gaining three invaluable points," said City coach Boebie Solomons.
"But a draw against a team of Stars' calibre is not a
bad result at the end, and one point will help us ease away from the
relegation zone in any case."