Evidence Makgopa late show earns plucky Baroka vital point against Kaizer Chiefs

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Baroka FC striker Evidence Makgopa cancelled out Lebogang Manyama's silky goal for Kaizer Chiefs to earn the Limpopo side a vital point in their DSTV Premiership clash on Thursday.

Amakhosi came out the blocks with immense confidence in the opening minutes which could be credited to their recent qualification to the CAF Champions League quarter-final last weekend.

As early as the 10th minute at an empty Peter Mokaba Stadium, star forward Samir Nurkovic, who is observing Ramadan was denied a penalty after Vusi Sibiya brought him down in the box.

The Baroka defender clipped the Serbian-born striker's foot, but the referee waved play on with Amakhosi boss Gavin Hunt visibly fuming in the technical area.

That incident itself changed the remaining minutes of the first half for the Glamour Boys.

Both Chiefs and Baroka put in an aggressive defensive display as neither side were willing to give away the freedom of shots at goal.

As the teams headed towards the tunnel after the half-time whistle, no shots on target were recorded for the home side, with Amakhosi only registering one.

The opening moments of the second half saw Baroka searching for the first goal of the encounter and that allowed the pockets of space to open up for Chiefs.

The Glamour Boys then began to probe more and in the 57th minute, Manyama found himself in open space 40 yards from the goal.

After playing a one-two with the in-form Khama Billiat the former Cape Town City midfielder then took the liberty of latching onto the returning pass.

He easily fooled two defenders with his silky skills to give Amakhosi a 1-0 lead.

Baroka were not going to go down without a fight as the home side got a free kick in on the edge of the penalty area. Tshediso Patjie stepped up to take the free kick, and forced Itumeleng Khune into an acrobatic save.

The continuing pressure from Baroka eventually paid off.

A clever run by Makgopa between Chiefs' Daniel Cardoso and Eric Mathoho allowed the striker to latch onto a through pass and expertly placed the ball beyond Khune's reach to equalise for the home side.

Minutes later, Billiat could have given the Glamour Boys the victory with his powerful strike but Masuluke made a wonderful save to deny him.

Chiefs attempted to press Bakgakga but the home side held on until the final whistle earning them a crucial point in their quest for breaking into the top half of the league.

With that draw, Baroka are now 11th on the DStv Premiership log with Amakhosi in ninth position.

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