Late Dikwena strike stun Bucs |
A late strike by substitute Thobani Kunene was enough to hand Platinum Stars a draw against Orlando Pirates at Orlando stadium in Soweto.
The visitors dominated the first half and made their intentions clear with every attacked they marshaled against Pirates defenders. Former Pirates player Ndumiso Mabena was the first one to strike in the 4th minute only for Brighton Mhlongo to deny the striker a goal.
The game was contested in the middle of the park with Vuyo Mere, Solomon Mathe and Ryan De Jongh battling it out with Issa Sarr, Mpho Makola and Oupa Manyisa. The game went to half time with the score at 0 all with Platinum Stars enjoying ball position.
Orlando Pirates came into the second half with an aim to score and started playing their normal football. Ertugral introduced Thabiso Kutumela for Bernard Morrison and the player made his presence felt as he made runs that started troubling the Stars defense and should have scored but saw his shot go wide off the post after a neat interchange with Mpho Makola. Pirates went ahead just after the 70th mark after Thabiso Kutumela made up for the first attempt as he blasted his shot wide to beat Dikwena goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela in the far corner to put the Buccaneers ahead. Pirates started to dominate the park but dealt a blow when Abbubaker Mobara sustained a shoulder injury that saw Muhsin Ertugral being forced to substitute him for Edwin Gymah.
Platinum Stars final substitute Thobani Kunene who came in for Henrico Botes made an impact as soon as he went into the field after playing with Ndumiso Mabena and who shot from outside 30 yards only for man of the match Brighton Mhlongo to pull a beautiful save that won Dikwena a corner. Ndumiso Mabena set piece found Kunene who capitalized on Gymah error after missing the header to beating Mhlongo with a header to level the score. The match ended a at 1 all with Pirates fans stunned at home losing four points at home in two games, leaving the Buccaneers in position 2 on the log.
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