By Sports Focus Reporter
Happy Jele scored right at the death to seal a 1-1 draw for Orlando Pirates in their Absa Premiership match against AmaZulu at the Orlando Stadium on Sunday afternoon and extend the log leaders’ unbeaten run to 13 matches.
An 87th minute goal from Lehlohonolo Majoro seemed to have set Usuthu on the way to a stunning smash-and-grab win in Soweto, but Jele’s late heroics ensured that the match ended all square.
The Buccaneers remain on top the log for another week, on 45 points, while title rivals Kaizer Chiefs and Ajax Cape Town are just two points back after their respective results over the weekend.
Chiefs also had to come from behind – twice – to force a draw at Santos. In a game played at a pulsating form at a packed Athlone Stadium, Chiefs enjoyed more chances at goals but it was Santos who scored first, against the run of play.
Vuyisile Wana scored his fifth goal since Santos in January from the lower ranks, scoring in the 23rd from a Salmaan King pass. He easily rounded Itumeleng Khune and slotted into the empty net.
After the goal Chiefs upped the pressure on the People’s Team’s goal and were rewarded for their efforts after they were awarded a penalty in the 35th minute after Ricardo Skippers accidentally tripped Jimmy Tau in the box. Knowledge Musona coolly slotted the ball home to level scores and find his 11th goal of the season.
The first half ended 1-1.
The start of the second 45 saw Chiefs come out firing and they almost found the lead three minutes after the restart. Siphiwe Tshabalala whipped in an inviting free-kick and Motaung Jnr rose highest to head the ball goalwards, but Motsoeneng produce another good save.
Then, for the second time in the match, Santos scored against the run of play in the 52nd minute. Jurie Basie found the goal when he clinically headed home a left wing cross, 2-1.
Thereafter, Chiefs virtually camped in the Santos half and it was only a matter of time before they found the equaliser for the second time. The goal did eventually come in the 75th minute and was scored by substitute Sthembiso Ngcobo.
Tshabalala whipped in a cross from the left and Ngcobo, with his first touch in the game, headed the ball past a stranded keeper.
Santos (1) 2 (Wana 23’, Basie 52’)
Kaizer Chiefs (1) 2 (Musona 38’ pen, Ngcobo 75’)
Santos: Motsoeneng (Langeveldt 63’), Macala, W Arendse, Mponda, Skippers, Basie (Barends 87’), Mafoko, Otieno, King, Camara (Scott 73’), Wana
Chiefs: Khune, Tau, Sweswe, Nahayo, Masanamela, Dladla (Ngcobo 73’), Nengomasha, Letsholonyane (Ncanana 76’), Tshabalala, Motaung Jnr (Lewis 89’), Musona