Bucks to play Platinum play-offs
Sunday May 07 2006
Bush Bucks will have another chance to fight for their Premiership status when they square off with three Mvela Golden League teams for the final spot in the Castle Premiership. This comes after they held Santos to a 1-1 draw at Athlone Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
'Imbabala' showed from the first whistle that they are a team fighting for survival. They threw everything at Santos, but they could not penetrate their solid defence.
Fischer Kondowe had the chance to put Bucks ahead in the fourth minute, but his goal-bound volley was tipped over the cross-bar by Santos 'keeper Wayne Roberts and then James Chamanga failed to capitalise on a Santos defensive blunder in the 11th minute when he shot wide, whilst the easiest thing was to score.
The self-same Chamanga had a chance to redeem himself nine minutes later, but his shot was tipped over the cross-bar by Roberts.
Santos' best chance of the half fell to Robert Nauseb in the 45th minute, but he shot wide - leaving the score at 0-0 at half-time.
The home team took the lead in the 53rd minute when defender Musa Otieno scored from a rebound after Bucks 'keeper Tampungu Dikete had parried Dipsy Selolwane's shot.
Bucks pushed men forward in search of the equaliser and they finally found it in the 61st minute when substitute Phikolwethu Spelman scored with a great header.
Selolwane, then, could only look in dismay as his shot was cleared off the line by Thabo September in the 79th minute.
This proved to be the last action of the match as both teams eventually settled for a draw that was enough to take Bucks into the Platinum play-offs and Santos into the top eight.