In the much anticipated semi-final clash between Bloemfontein Celtics and Kaizer Chiefs, a packed Free State Stadium was pregnant with expectation as two teams took the field. The first half was made up of end stuff, as Patrick Tignyemb managed to keep the home team in the match with three fabulous saves against – Lebese, Parker and Tshabalala.
But it was in the 34th min when Pelembe turned in the middle of the park, looked up and unleashed a long range shot, leaving Itumeleng Khune with not so much as a chance as he gave Sewelele the lead to cap off his debut for Masokolara.
However Fransman’s tug at the Mthembu’s shirt in the box increased tensions as assistant referee Madidilane waved for what some may have thought was a soft penalty against Bloemfontein Celtics with five minutes to go. But Parker ballooned the spot kick to leave the home team in the lead as they went into the half time break.
Twenty nine minutes later Bernard Parker received the second ball off Gerge Lebese, and with ten yards out of box he placed a blinder in top right hand corner, well out of Tignyemb’s reach as he dove desperately. The match ended with a 1—1 draw as both teams made a few substitutions in the last twenty minutes to try and shake things up to no avail.
Parker’s goal was but a smug on what was otherwise a spotless performance by Patrick Tignyemb who was rewarded with a Man of the Match award.
Bloemfontein Celtics coach Clinton Larsen was very complementary to Kaiser Chiefs saying that their performance showed what a good team they were. He also sang praises of the young Buchanan saying “he provided control of the tempo in the match. He knew when to up the game and when to slow it down.”
All eyes will be firmly fixed on the second leg of the semis as Bloemfontein Celtics travel to FNB Stadium on the 29th of August, 20h15.
Bloemfontein Celtics 1 (Pelembe 34′) – 1 Kaiser Chiefs (Parker 63′)
While the other semi final fixture being:
Bidvest Wits vs Ajax Cape Town 30th of August – 15h00