Result: Baroka 2-2 Orlando Pirates
Date: 07 December 2019
Venue: Peter Mokaba Stadium
Orlando Pirates threw away a two-goal lead in the final 10 minutes to draw 2-2 with struggling Baroka FC at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.
The Buccaneers made two changes from their win over Polokwane City, as captain Happy Jele returned from suspension, while Linda Mntambo took the place of the suspended Thembinkosi Lorch.
On the other side, Bakgaga had only one enforced change from the side that drew with Chippa United, as Kamohelo Mogashwa replaced Matome Kgoetyane.
There were a couple of nervous moments at both ends of the pitch in the early stages of the encounter, while Baroka's Elvis Chipezeze only had to be called on early in the half to deny Vincent Pule.
After long periods of possession turn-overs, Rhulani Mokwena’s charges finally broke the deadlock with five minutes remaining of the first stanza thanks to a great finish by Mntambo after being teed up by Vincent Pule.
Mokwena made a forced change six minutes into the second stanza after bringing on forward Kabelo Dlamini in place of defender Nyauza.
The move paid off straightaway as the former Bloemfontein Celtic midfielder gave Pirates two-goal lead shortly thereafter with well taken strike that sailed into the top corner.
The visitors made another tactical switch after the hour-mark, as midfielder Siphesinhle Ndlovu came on for defender Abel Mabaso.
However, Bakgaga were offered a lifeline in the last eight minutes after pressure from Mduduzi Mdantsane forced Jele to net into his own net.
Wedson Nyirenda’s troops managed to get the equaliser in the last minute thanks to Gerard Phiri Junior's neat finish into the bottom corner to earn struggling Bakgaga a 2-2 draw in the end.
Despite the draw the Buccaneers moved up to sixth place on the log with 17 points while Baroka moved up to 11th with 14 points.
Here's how they lined up:
Baroka: 1. Chipezeze, 22. Mogashoa, 18. Shozi, 33. Farmer, 23. Ngubane, 20. Patjie, 14. Mosele, 8. Mdantsane, 13. Mabeba, 10. Phiri Jnr, 25. Nxumalo.
Subs: 30. Dlamini, 3. Gebhardt, 24. Madondo, 16. Madigoe, 17. Kambala, 12. Makgaka.
Pirates: 30. Sandilands, 23. Maela, 5. Nyauza, 4. Jele, 44. Mabaso, 27. Motshwari, 32. Mntambo, 29. Mako, 15 Makaringe, 45. Pule, 7. Mhango
Subs: 40. Mpontshane, Sam, 8. Ndlovu, 11. Memela, 18. Dlamini, 17. Mulenga, 16. Mabasa