After trailing for more than 80 minutes of the match, Baroka scored 2 late goals to steal a draw against Orlando Pirates at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Linda Mntambo opened the scoring for the Buccaneers in the 39th minute and Kabelo Dlamini scored the second in the 52nd minute.
An own goal by Pirates captain Happy Jele in the 81st minute gave the hosts the much needed hope as they finally grabbed the equaliser in the 89th minute through captain, Gerald Phiri Junior.
Pirates coach Rhulani Mokwena couldn’t hide his disappointment for conceding 2 late goals.
“Disappointing of cours, it feels more like a defeat to be honest because we were leading 2-0…so disappointing. Obviously we made a couple of mistakes especially dealing with throw-ins but if you concede 2 goals you cannot say you have defensive problems especially the way we conceded those goals, it is what it is and unfortunately we conceded 2,” he said.
Meanwhile, Baroka coach Wedson Nyirenda feels the game was explosive as he had anticipated.
“An explosive game as we had predicted the whole week.
“I have been asked the question on how the game will be and I have always said it would be explosive because Pirates play a good game knowing what they want to do. First 15 minutes we were a better team but we lost it later because we got confused and at the end of the day we conceded a goal which we were not supposed to concede. But a good fighting spirit from my boys at the end,” said the Zambian.
Pirates are now 6th on the Absa Premiership log and 14 points behind log leaders Kaizer Chiefs, while Baroka are 11th with 14 points.
In the other afternoon clash, Black Leopards were held to a goalless draw by AmaZulu at Thohoyandou Stadium.
By Ofhani Munyai