The Nedbank Cup now has the last remaining 16 teams with Baroka FC making it by the skin of their teeth in the last 15 minutes against Polokwane City on Tuesday evening. The deciding match which took place at Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane saw the home side licking their wounds just as the second half was about to draw to a close.
The first half started off with a bang when Polokwane City almost caught Baroka’s goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze off guard. Chipezeze managed to block the blazing shot, from Puleng Tlolane, in the seventh minute preventing the hosts from taking an early lead.
Baroka FC’s Tshidiso Patjie tried to emulate what their opponents were doing by attempting to strike a goal in the 12th minute that was only deflected to the side of the net. Striker Walter Musona was pressured by Baroka’sdefenders when he entered the box, in the 17th minute ,and attempted to sneak in a goal but let off a slow and powerless shot that landed in Chipezeze’s hand.
As the first half slowly drew to a close no goals had been scored and the empty stadium, occupied by a few spectators, felt ever more quieter. Shots on target had been missed and on numerous occasions the ball was wasted, by both teams, in a moment of haste and panic.
Midfielder Goodman Mosele struck a beautiful shot, from outside the box in centre position, that would’ve gone in if it weren’t for goalkeeper Cyril Chibwe’s vigilance. Polokwane City was only safe for a few seconds, however, as Baroka was awarded a corner kick just moments later and managed to score with a header.
Suddenly the few spectators who appeared with no life throughout the whole match came alive and celebrated with their team. Prince Nxumalo had just been substitutedand his first touch of the ball resulted in a successful header that would prove to be the deciding goal of the match.
In the end the hosts lost to a persevering side that managed to take advantage of a situation that appeared to bearing no fruits.