Zimbabwe international soccer striker Knowledge Musona was on target again on Wednesday night when Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzburg United played out a 1-1 draw in the South Africa Premier League.
It was Musona’s second goal in four days after he scored Zimbabwe’s goal in the 1-1 draw against Liberia in the opening match of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in Monrovia on Sunday.
Rudolph Bester equalised for United.
The Amakhosi’s free-flowing style of play certainly asked a few questions of the home team’s defence early on, especially down the right flank where Chiefs’ Jimmy Tau and Mandla Masango combined to orchestrate a few probing raids.
Chiefs striker Musona got onto the end of a Tau cross in the eighth minute but the Zimbabwean was unable to generate enough power with his header to trouble Shu-Aib Walters in goals for United.
A minute later Musona, Masango and Siphiwe Tshabalala worked in tandem to produce a move that progressed into United’s danger area but Tshabalala sent his attempt high over the crossbar.
Masango had only Walters to beat in the 17th minute.
Instead, he directed a low drive at the keeper’s body.
Chiefs’ relentless pressure eventually took its toll near the half-hour mark when Musona was able to divert Tau’s strike on goal beyond a flat-footed Walters.
The visitors were not prepared to sit back on their small advantage and pressed for more openings.
Tshabalala surged powerfully into the visitors’ penalty area a short while later and unleashed a scorching drive which Walters kept out with the help of David Booysens, who was positioned on the goal line.
Five minutes from the interval, Chiefs had another attempt cleared off the line.
Masango drilled an effort which Walters parried into the path of lanky midfielder Mthokozisi Yende who responded by heading powerfully towards United goal and on this occasion, defender John Aruwah was on hand to prevent the ball from crossing the whitewash.
United levelled matters when an unmarked Rudolf Bester tapped in a long punt from Lentjies three minutes later. The home team grew in confidence and went in search of all the points on offer.
In other matches played on Wednesday, Mamelodi Sundowns beat Platinum Stars 2-0 in a League match.
The goals were scored by Katlego Mphela and Mabhudi Khenyeza, both scoring past former Zimbabwe Warriors international goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini.
Sundowns captain Esrom Nyandoro anchored the team for 80 minutes, Nyasha Mushekwi came in in the 55th minute while Method Mwanjali and Lionel Mtizwa still await their debuts.
Former Zimbabwe Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa’s Free State Stars drew 0-0 with Orlando Pirates. Kingstone Nkatha played for Stars while Zvenyika Makonese sat out the match for Bucs.
Former Caps United midfielder, Khama Billiat made his debut for Ajax Cape Town as they overcame Moroka Swallows 2-3, aided by a Terror Fanteni double.
Billiat played 75 minutes of the match with his former Caps United teammate Tafadzwa Rusike sitting it out. Oscar Machapa, another former Green Machine, is still awaiting his work permit to make his debut for Swallows.
Goalkeeper Energy Murambadoro was beaten late in the 90th minute as his side Bidvest Wits went down 2-1 to Engen Santos. —Sports Reporter/Kickoff