Johannesburg - South African Premiership leaders Baroka scored one minute from time
to grab a 2-2 draw with Platinum Stars on Sunday in a top-versus-bottom
clash that did not go according to expectations.
twice in northern city Polokwane with a goal from Malawi star Robert
Ng'ambi three minutes from time seemingly setting the visitors up for
only a second league win in 12 outings.
But another Malawian,
Robin Ngalande, pounced on a loose ball just outside the box and struck a
sweet looping half-volley into the net to earn Baroka a point.
Baroka remain at the summit, Platinum vacated bottom place thanks to
the draw, moving above defending champions Wits on goal difference.
Lehlohonolo Masalesa gave Platinum a 1-0 half-time advantage that was cancelled by substitute Mpho Kgaswane on 58 minutes.
Pirates ground out a 1-0 win at Bloemfontein Celtic through a
close-range poke from Musa Nyatama to rise six places to second, one
point below the leaders.
One-time Celtic midfielder Nyatama
followed an international football practice of not celebrating a goal
scored against a former club.
The hard-earned victory was particularly sweet as the Soweto Buccaneers last won in central city Bloemfontein nine years ago.
have 19 points after 12 rounds, Pirates 18, Golden Arrows and Cape Town
City 17, and Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs, Chippa United and Celtic
With just three points separating the top eight clubs, this
is the most hotly contested Premiership title race since its 1996
CAF Confederation Cup runners-up SuperSport United are
also potential title contenders provided they successfully overcome a
fixture backlog caused by African commitments.
Wits occupying last
place is a shock as they went on a pre-season buying spree with former
Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar and Egypt striker Amr Gamal among the