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A Sunday afternoon of draws in the ABSA PSL

[Posted 20 Feb 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Musona marked his return from a  suspension with a goal in Chiefs" 2-2 draw away at Santos

All the ABSA Premier Soccer League week 21 matches ended in draws under the sunny South African Sunday afternoon.

The top two teams going into the weekend, log leaders Orlando Pirates and second placed Kaizer Chiefs were hoping to capitalise on each other's errors or bad luck before the much anticipated Soweto derby next weekend. In the end, both teams dropped points.

Santos 2-2 Kaizer Chiefs

Chiefs visited tough opponents Santos at the Athlone Stadium in Cape Town, hoping to do the difficult task of securing maximum points in the People's Choice's fortress. Despite dominating much of the match and deserving maximum points, Amakhosi found themselves behind their hosts in the 23rd minute through a Wana strike. The striker, who is making his PSL debut, took advantage of a sloppy marking Chiefs defence to round up Itumeleng Khune to open the scoring under the Mother city's sweatering summer heat.

Chiefs equalised through PSL leading goal scorer Knowledge Musona, who converted a penalty following a foul on Jimmy Tau inside the box.  Though Chiefs dominated the second half, it was Santos who went ahead in the 50th minute, when Basier took advantage of another lapse in concentration from the Chiefs defence. Sthembiso Ngcobo came on from the bench to restore parity with his first touch of the match which resulted in a goal in the 75th minute. The match ended 2-2. 

Chiefs move back to 2nd on the ABSA PSL log with 43 points and a goal difference of +15 goals, the same goal difference as log leaders Pirates'.

Orlando Pirates 1-1 Amazulu

Home team Orlando Pirates escaped a humiliating defeat with an equaliser from Happy Jele at the death, after falling behind hard-working visiting Amazulu at the Orlando Stadium on a Sunday afternoon.

Usuthu frustrated every intention by the Buccaneers to get three points and extend their lead at the top of the table. The Usuthu players fought for every ball, and matched their more illustrious opponents pound for pound, and were very unlucky to fail to hold onto an 87th minute strike by Lehlohonolo Majoro.

The Durban team was just seconds away from posting a famous 1-0 victory, when Jele pounced on a loose ball in the box to score in the 93rd minute, and break the hearts of Usuthu. Their efforts deserved a full set of points on an afternoon when they matched the log leaders in all departments.

Pirates remain top, and are very fortunate that Chiefs dropped points in Cape Town. Bucs maintain the 2 point lead at the top with 45 points now and a similar goal difference to that of Chiefs (+ 15 goals).

Golden Arrows 2-2 Moroka Swallows

Relegation battling Swallows twice surrendered a lead  at Chatsworth Stadium to end with only a single point, on an afternoon in Durban where their efforts deserved the three points on offer, and with such a result, they could have moved to just within a point of catching up with 3rd from the bottom Maritzburg United.

Keketso Mmotong had given the Dube Birds a dream start with a 1st minute goal to ignite hopes of a Swallows victory in the Birds' nest. But the home team had other ideas,  as Philane Shange headed in to give Arrows an equaliser in the 36th minute.

The Dube Birds were to restore their lead when Oscar Machapa, full of running the whole afternoon, flighted a cross which the ever alert and ever intelligent Siyabonga Nomvete headed in to put Swallows back in the lead at 2-1. Vusimuzi Vilakazi punished the Swallows defence for failing to deal with a simple delivery, and poked home a cross in the 79th minute to save the home team blushes, to make the scoreline 2-2 at the end.

Gordon Igesund's Birds were unlucky when Nomvete's effort could only crush against the upright pole in the 76th minute from a Tsutsulupa corner. On the other end, big Zambian striker Collins Mbesuma, playing like a 'born again' striker, threw his weight around and had a couple of efforts which narrowly missed target. The end result was a 2-2 draw. Football was a winner at the end of the day.  

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