Bloemfontein Celtic and Amazulu played to a thrilling 1-all draw in an Absa Premiership match played at the Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium in Mangaung, near Bloemfontein on Sunday afternoon, with the hosts likely to feel hard done by in not collecting all three points on offer.
The Free State side should well have been two or three goals to the good by half-time, but brave goalkeeping by Amazulu’s Siyabonga Mbatha, denied the likes of Deon Hotto, Jacky Motshegwa and Ndumiso Mabena.
It was Motshegwa who put Phuna Sele Sele ahead in the 81st minute when he collected a pass from Hotto, before unleashing a left-footed power shot from the edge of the penalty area that angled wide of Mbatha and into the far corner of the Usuthy goal-net.
Fresh from their 2-1 league win Ajax Cape Town in mid-week, Amazulu battled to settle in the game, but managed to get a share of the points, when defender Michael Morton fed the ball through to striker Mhengi Cele who placed the ball wide of Celtic No 1 Patrick Tignyemb.
Amazulu would have left the stadium the happier side after their defence did well to concede only the one goal, as they battled to mark Mabena in particular, whose running off the ball saw him drifting to various attacking areas on the park.
Celtic, now in 9th spot on the league table on 33 points from 26 matches will turn their attention to their next commitment which is a derby league clash with Free State Stars in Bethlehem on Saturday.
With 32 points from 26 games and occupying 11th place on the log, Amazulu will be hoping to put further space between them and the relegation tussle below, when they host title-chasing Orlando Pirates on Sunday. – African News Agency (ANA)