Makgopa frustrates Chiefs
BAROKA FC continued to Kaizer Chiefs hoodo team yesterday as they produced a late equalizer to deny Amakhosi the chance to move into the top eight at the Peter Mokaba Stadium yesterday afternoon.
If Chiefs had won last night’s game, they would have bumped off TS Galaxy which is sitting on the eight spot in the log.
Amakhosi, who are fresh off progressing through to the next round of the CAF Champions League, showed that confidence when they took the lead through Lebogang Manyama shortly after half-time.
The former Cape Town City star combined brilliantly with Khama Billiat as the pair enjoyed a delightful interchange of passes inside the Baroka box before Manyama calmly finished off the move to put Chiefs ahead.
The goal was actually against the run of play after the home team had a couple of near misses before the break. Richard Mbulu went close when he headed a free-kick from Gerald
Phiri Jr just past the top corner.
Goodman Mosele also had an opportunity for Bakgaga Ba Ga Mphahlele, while Phiri Jr went close himself.
Baroka, though, were not to be denied and continued to put pressure on Itumeleng Khune’s goal.
The pressure eventually paid off when Evidence Makgopa levelled matters for the home team with 10 minutes remaining. Makgopa has got a call up to be in the Under-23 national squad.
Gavin Hunt’s charges went in search of a late winner, but had to settle for a share of the points to remain on the fringes of the top eight teams in the league.
They have now gone for five straight league games without tasting defeat and nine unbeaten matches across all competitions.
It will be remembered that last season it was Baroka who frustrated Chiefs in the last game of the league and eventually lost it to Sundowns on the last day of the Premiership calendar. Baroka also denied Chiefs a spot in the Nedbank Cup in 2011, while still campaigning in the ABC Motsepe League. Chiefs always struggle against this Polokwane side.