Thursday, 15 April 2021 17:30

Staff Reporter.

Baroka FC came back to hold Kaizer Chiefs to a 1-1 draw in the DStv Premiership match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

The draw saw Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele climb up to 11th place on the league standings, while Amakhosi remained on the ninth spot - a point behind eighth-placed TS Galaxy.

Chiefs made only one change from their draw with Horoya in the CAF Champions League, with Samir Nurkovic returning to the line-up after his suspension while shot-stopper Daniel Akpeyi did not make the squad.

Nurkovic collided with Baroka goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke twice and the referee Velaphi Sicelo waved play on after the Chiefs striker was brought down in the box.

Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele took control of the match after the half-hour mark with Goodman Mosele unleashing a snap shot that missed the target and Gerald Phiri placed his header wide of the target.

Chiefs did threaten just before half-time when Daniel Cardoso played a dangerous ball across the face of goal and the score was 0-0 at the interval.

Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele were the better side in the opening proceedings of the second-half, but it was Amakhosi, who broke the deadlock after some good work by Khama Billiat.

The Zimbabwe international played a backheel pass to Lebogang Manyama, who rounded Masuluke, before finding the back of the net to hand Chiefs a 1-0 lead two minutes before the hour-mark.

Baroka coach Matsimela Thoka introduced Joslin Kamatuka and Tshidiso Patjie as the Limpopo-based side looked to grab the equalising goal inside the final 16 minutes of the game.

Kamatuka did make an impact on the game in the 81st minute when he grabbed an assist as his cross found Evidence Makgopa, who fired past Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune to make it 1-1.

Chiefs had a chance to snatch a late winning goal in stoppage time, but Billiat's effort was blocked by Masuluke and ultimately, the match ended in a 1-1 stalemate.

Confirmed line ups:

Baroka: Masuluke, Mphahlele, Sibiya, Makume, Gebhardt, Mosele, Masiya (Kamatuka 74'), Phiri Jr (Patjie 74'), Makgopa, Monama, Mbulu (Kambala 90'+1)

Chiefs: Khune, Frosler, Cardoso, Mathoho, Ngezana, Blom, Ngcobo (Mashiana 71'), Parker, Manyama (Kambole 70'), Billiat, Nurkovic (Katsande 83').