Polokwane City’s survival hopes suffered a major blow after they played out to a 1-1 draw against Highlands Park at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Following a goalless first half, ‘Rise and Shine’ broke the deadlock in the 65th minute after a cross by Mpho Mvelase came off Highlands’ defender Limbikani Mzava and went into the back of the net.
‘The Lion of the North’ levelled matters nine minutes later through Peter Shalulile, who glanced home a header from a corner by Lindokuhle Mbatha.
Polokwane are tied on 24 points with bottom place AmaZulu but Limpopo side has a superior goal difference with three matches remaining.
Highlands moved up to seventh place on the log standings with 34 points from 27 matches.
“Well look I am disappointed, but it is understandable that the boys, everybody is going through the same situation, the boys were tired,” said Owen Da Gama after the game.
“It is 14 months since we started with our pre-season and it is important that we try and manage these players as best as possible, give others an opportunity, get fresher legs and see how far we can go,” added the Highlands’ coach.
Highlands’ next assignment is a clash against Maritzburg United on Saturday, 29 August, while Polokwane will tackle Bloemfontein Celtic on Sunday, 30 August.
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