Kaizer Chiefs and Bloemfontein Celtic played to a 1-1 draw in an entertaining first leg of the MTN8 semifinal at Bloemfontein’s Free State Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Celtic came 1-0 up in the first half, thanks to a goal from Helder Pelembe, while Bernard Parker equalised in the second half.
Amakhosi started the game well, creating a few good opportunities. The first already came in the opening minutes with George Lebese going one on one with Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb, who made a great save. The through ball to the Chiefs winger was provided by Bernard Parker.
Siphiwe Tshabalala delivered a powerful shot at goal from just inside the box, but the Celtic goalkeeper again made a fine save, diving to his right.
Chiefs dominated the opening stages of the match with Tsepo Masilela going up and down the left wing, while Tshabalala did well on the other flank.
Mthembu was grabbed by his arm in the Celtic box by defender Bevan Fransman and referee Robert Smith correctly decided to point to the penalty spot. Fransman was lucky not to receive his second yellow for the action, getting his marching orders. Bernard Parker took the penalty, but he failed to find the target with the ball flying over the crossbar.