Absa Premiership

Ekstein gives Chiefs share of points

2016-09-14 21:54
Hendrick Ekstein (Supplied)

Cape Town - Despite netting an early goal through Robert Ng'ambi, Platinum Stars allowed Kaizer Chiefs to come back and settle for a 1-1 draw in their Absa Premiership tie at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday night.

The draw leaves Steve Komphela's men sitting at position 12 on the log table with one point from two matches.

Although Amakhosi were favourites to win this one at home, they were nearly punished when Sibusiso Msomi's shot went wide in the opening five minutes with only Itumeleng Khune to beat.

However, it was Ndumiso Mabena who nearly punished the Bafana Bafana goalkeeper towards the 15th minute as Khune was caught out of his line and Erick Mathoho cleared the danger.

In the 21st minute, Robert Ng'ambi broke the deadlock when he received a wonderful pass from Mabena on the right flank.

The Malawian unleashed a rocket to beat Khune on his top corner, but the ball didn't cross the line after bouncing off the cross bar despite the referee allowing it to stand, giving Dikwena the lead.

With three minutes to go, Mbongeni Mzimela denied Amakhosi the equaliser when he saved Edmore Chirambadare's attempt on the right with his teammates calling for the ball in the box.

In the second stanza, both sides changed the gears showing urgency moving forward, despite no clear cut chances created to show for it.

With 18 minutes to go, Hendrick Ekstein levelled the matters when he finished a cross from Mathoho on the right flank, with the midfielder finishing from close range.

In the dying minutes, Dikwena sat back allowing Chiefs to attack, but Amakhosi failed to score a winner.

Cavin Johnson's outfit now have four points from their two matches so far and occupy the fourth place on the log table.


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