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Sowetan Reporters

Sowetan Reporters

Kaizer Chiefs escaped by the skin of their teeth when they drew 3-all against an obdurate and gutsy Bay United at the Olympia Park Stadium yesterday.

With the game barely three minutes old, United surprised their fancied opponents when the Namibian international Paulus Shipanga received a pass from the right flank and sent the ball to the far corner of the net, beating goalie Itumeleng Khune. Siyabulela Songwiqi scored the second in the eighth minute.

After the goals, United seemed to lose concentration allowing Amakhosi to come back into the game. Chiefs pulled one back through Jose Torrealba in the 24th minute after a pass from Ibe-Zito Ogbonna from the right flank.

On the stroke of half-time, Chiefs equalised through Thabang Rooi from a free kick.

United restored their lead through Jermaine Christian, who struck a beauty from a free kick in the 55th minute. Gert Schalkwyk equalised from the penalty spot in the 89th minute.

l Bidvest Wits regrouped after a series of defeats to record a deserved 2-1 win over struggling Bloemfontein Celtic at Seisa Ramabodu Stadium yesterday, writes Thabo Johnson.

Wits broke the deadlock in the 14th minute via a penalty converted by Marawaan Bantam.

They doubled the lead through Clifford Mulenga in the 56th minute, but the home side managed to pull one back through Petrus Mahlatse in 85th minute.

l Free State Stars' captain Duncan Lechesa led by example when his hat trick steered Ea lla Koto to a 3-2 win against Thanda Royal Zulu in Hammersdale.

Lechesa scored from the penalty spot in the 43rd and 45th, respectively. Royal's goals were scored by Clement Mazibuko and Felix Obada in the 17th and 31st minutes, respectively.

l Moroka Swallows drew 1-1 with defending league champions SuperSport United in Germiston.