Cape Town - Platinum
Stars conceded a late goal to be held to a 1-1 draw by strugglers Maritzburg
United in an Absa Premiership match at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday.
Mere put Dikwena ahead late on and they looked on course to return to winning
form, but the Team of Choice struck back just before the end of regulation time
through Brian Onyango to ensure they were spared a ninth defeat in the space of
a quiet opening quarter of the match – with the players clearly pacing
themselves in the fierce afternoon heat – Stars nearly claimed the lead in the
23rd minute through Tintswalo Tshabalala, who saw his free kick
deflected just wide of the target.
over 10 minutes later Dikwena created the best chance of the half when a long
ball over the top of the defence put Bongi Ntuli in on goal but the striker was
unable to beat goalkeeper Tawfeeq Salie, who did well to come quickly off his
line and close the angle.
41 minutes Maritzburg left-back Philani Zulu provided a wonderful piece of
skill to wrong-foot Vuyo Mere before delivering a peach of a cross to an
unmarked Mohamed Anas in the middle of the box, but the Ghanaian striker wasted
the chance by heading over the crossbar.
injury time before the interval, Khulegani Madondo had a great chance to break
the deadlock when and out-of-position Salie was unable to clear the ball
convincingly, but the midfielder put a looping header wide of Maritzburg’s
bossed most of the second half, but found scoring chance hard to come by.
Maritzburg saw less of the ball, but they were the first to really threaten a
goal after the break, with Kurt Lentjies firing a fine shot on target direct
from a free kick in the 70th minute, but Bouna Coundoul was on hand
to make a fine save.