Mhango gives Celtic draw

Maritzburg United and Bloemfontein Celtic played to a 1-1 draw in their Absa Premiership clash at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Team of Choice opened the scoring through Thokozani Sekotlong early in the second half, while Phunya Sele Sele struck back with less than a quarter hour to play through Frank Mhango, who has scored in the last three successive league matches for the Bloemfontein side.

Maritzburg had the first shot in anger, with Orlando Smeekes trying his hand from long range in the fifth minute and forcing Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignymeb into punching the ball over the crossbar.

Three minutes later the visitors’ Musa Nyatama tested Shu-Aib Walters from long range, while shortly thereafter Clayton Daniels put an effort wide of the target from a corner kick.

Both sides produced plenty of efforts at goal in the first half, though perhaps the best arrived in the 28th minute when Kurt Lentjies shot direct from a free kick and forced Tignyemb into a good parrying save.

After a first half in which neither side could find the back of the net, it took just over a minute of the second stanza for Maritzburg to break the deadlock. Bhongolwethu Jayiya crossed from a free kick and Thokozani Sekotlong powered home a header to make it 1-0.

Celtic looked for a quick reply and soon turned to attacking substitutions, sending on Lerato Lamola and Lyle Lakay from their bench, but they had to wait until the 77th minute to draw level, with Frank Mhango sending a right footed shot beyond the reach of Walters after good set-up work by Nyatama.

Maritzburg United (0) 1 (Sekotlong 47’)
Bloemfontein Celtic (0) 1 (Mhango 77’)

United: Walters, Evans, D. Booysen, M. Booysen, Cloete, Jayiya, Morton, De Jongh (Hartog 63’), Lentjies (Mandaza 76’), Smeekes, Sekotlong (Isaacks 88’)

Celtic: Tignyemb, Ndengane, Bilankulu, Daniels, Mahoa (Lamola 55’), Mogorosi, Nyatama (Nkausu 81’), Gabonamong, Buchanan (Lakay 71’), Mhango, Letlabika