Polokwane denies Aces three points

Polokwane City came back to settle for a point when they played to a 2-2 draw against Mpumalanga Black Aces on Wednesday night at Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Collins Mbesuma and Lehlohonolo Nonyane were on target for the Jacob Sakala’s men, while Puleng Tlolane and Thobani Mncwango ensured both sides shared the spoils.

The draw leaves AmaZayoni at position 11 with 31 points on the Absa Premiership standings, while Rise and Shine remain at the 9th spot with 34 points.

Both sides began the match on a high as they both play attacking football, but it was the hosts who started to probe for questions to Jackson Mabokgwane through Tlolane, however, the keeper held onto the ball.

In the 16th minute, Tlolane managed to find an opener when he grabbed a goal with his right foot assisted by Roger Majafa.

In the 25th minute, Kostadin Papic’s men continued to push forward in search of a second goal but the Bafana Bafana keeper proved to be a stopper when he parried Majafa’s attempt.

However, five minutes later AmaZayoni’s experienced forward Mbesuma found the net when he converted an assist from his former Golden Arrows teammate Thanduyise Khuboni.

With four minutes to go to the interval, the visitors bounced back to bag the second goal through Nonyane when he slotted the ball into the net with his left foot assisted by Abia Nale.

The second stanza resumed and the hosts came with a plan to push forward and that was evident when Cole Alexander unleashed a shot, but Mabokgwane safely made a save.

With 20 minutes to go, Onyekachi Okonkwo managed to break free in the midfield and took a shot but Modiri Marumo was equal to the task and made a brilliant save.

In the 79th minute, substitute Thobani Mncwango pulled one back for the Citizens when he received an assist from his skipper, Jabu Maluleke, and he easily slotted home with a left footed finish.

Although there wasn’t much action and clear cut chances in the dying minutes of the tie, the result meant both sides settled for a point.

Polokwane City (1) 2 (Tlolane 16’, Mncwango 79’)

Mpumalanga Black Aces (2) 2 (Mbesuma 30’, Nonyane 41’)

Polokwane City: Marumo, Dhladhla, Lichaba, Tema, Motumi, Maluleke, Alexander, Langa, Majafa (Jembula 69’), Kanyenda (Mncwango 59’), Tlolane

Mpumalanga Black Aces: Mabokgwane, Kobola, Gyimah, Ngalo, Nonyane, Okonkwo (Nahayo 76’), Khuboni, Ngoma, Nale (Jayiya 45’), Masina, Mbesuma