Chiefs went into the half-time break trailing 1-0 after Nduduzo
Sibiya's 34th-minute goal had given Steve Komphela's men the lead
against the run of play, but the hosts continued to plug away in the
second half and eventually rescued a draw when Kgotso Moleko headed home
at the near post in the 77th minute.
The hosts, aiming to avenge their 2-1 defeat to Arrows in December
last year, started the encounter on the front foot as they went in
search of an early goal.
However, Amakhosi failed to make their chances count, with Dumisani
Zuma and Philani Zulu combining well in the second minute of play, only
for the latter to fire a powerful effort into the side netting.
Chiefs continued to pile forward as Zuma saw his goalbound effort
saved by Max Mbaeva in the third minute, before Reeve Fosler fired over
the bar after pouncing on a loose ball.
After a brief lull in play, Chiefs again went close to claiming the
lead in the 28th minute, but Zuma's piledriver from outside the box
smashed into the crossbar.
They were made to rue that missed chance just five minutes later as
Arrows claimed the lead following some delightful link-up play. Knox
Mutizwa backheeled the ball into the path of Nduduzo Sibiya, who fired a
curling, first-time shot into the corner from just inside the box.
Chiefs redoubled their efforts after falling behind, but they went
into the half-time break with no goals to show for the efforts as Mbaeva
denied both Zulu and Bernard Parker in the closing minutes.
The home side started the second half as they had started the first,
but again saw an almost certain goal denied by a combination of Mbaeva
and the crossbar following a goalmouth scramble in the 49th minute.
Arrows offered very little in the way of attacking threat but showed
real tenacity and determination in defence to limit the attacking threat
of Zuma, Parker and Hendrick Ekstein.
But with Chiefs enjoying plenty of ball possession in front of
boisterous home crowd, it was only a matter of time before the hosts got
the breakthrough they were looking for.
The 77th-minute equaliser was taken in clinical fashion as Kgotso
Moleko popped up at the near post to head the ball past Mbaeva and into
the back of the net.
Chiefs kept knocking on the door and very nearly grabbed the lead
four minutes later as Daniel Cardoso headed just wide from George
Maluleka's pinpoint corner kick.
Try as they might, however, Chiefs were unable to breach a stubborn
Arrows defence for a second time on the night as they were forced to
settle for a share of the spoils.