JOHANNESBURG – Bidvest Wits fought back to claim a point in a 1-1 draw with relegation-threatened Polokwane City on Sunday.
The result leaves Polokwane on 31 points – three above the drop zone with three matches to play this season – with defending champions Wits on 33 points and also not yet safe.
The Johannesburg club made a bright start at their home ground, and it was visiting keeper George Chigova who made the first save of the afternoon when he kept out Vincent Pule’s 10th-minute effort.
Rise and Shine remained on the back foot, but for the most part, Chigova remained unchallenged thanks to some well-organised defending.
However, the goalkeeper’s afternoon was to come to an early end after he left the field injured following a collision with Wits striker James Keene.
Polokwane then nearly snatched the lead just before halftime when Rodney Ramagalela fired narrowly wide of the mark.
The Limpopo team came out with purpose after the restart, and after Edgar Manaka had fired an effort wide, they took the lead in the 50th minute when Thapelo Tshilo headed home at the far post.
There was nearly a second goal 10 minutes later when Muhammad Sulumba turned sharply in the box, but his shot was well kept out by Clever Boys keeper Kyle Peters.
Wits then came back looking for an equaliser, and after Pule had missed with a header, Granwald Scott was unlucky to see his cross-cum-shot striking the woodwork 10 minutes from time.
The Clever Boys, though, continued to push for a goal, and they were rewarded in the final minute of the game when some hesitation in the visitors’ defence allowed Pule to poke in the equaliser.
African News Agency (ANA)