Gerald Phiri Junior rescues Stars
Winger Gerald Phiri Junior needed just 24 minutes on the pitch to find his mojo once again on return to preferred hunting ground of Platinum Stars in South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) on Sunday.
Phiri stepped off the bench in the 66th minute before grabbing a leveller in the 88th minute for Stars as they drew 3-3 against Chippa United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
In an interview yesterday, the former Be Forward Wanderers midfielder said he was not surprised to score on his return to Stars for a second loan spell from PSL champions, Bidvest Wits.
“I am used to scoring free-kicks but we needed a win. Anyway, a point will do,” said the Zimbabwe’s Caps United former attacker.
Phiri has continued from where he left last season when, while on his first loan spell at Stars, he scored two goals— both from free-kicks—in 17 games, before Wits recalled him.
He scored once for Wits this season before, due to lack of game-time, asking for a move back to Stars.
In Sunday’s match, Chippa scored through Andile Mbenyane and Mark Mayambela’s double to lead 3-2.
Stars still anchor the PSL log table with 16 points from 20 matches, while Chippa are seventh at 26 points from 20 games.
On Saturday, Flames striker Gabadinho Mhango replaced Lehlohonolo Majoro for Wits as they drew 1-1 with Kaizer Chiefs at Bidvest Wits in Johannesburg.
Ryan Moon’s header gave Chiefs the lead, but Majoro’s equaliser ensured a point for the league champions who sit on position13 with 22 points from 20 games on the log table.
Chiefs are on position three with 31 points from 20 matches.
On Saturday, Flames Captain, Limbikani Mzava, was on the losing end for Golden Arrows as they stumbled 2-1 to Golden Arrows in a Kwazulu Natal derby.
Elsewhere, former Nyasa Big Bullets striker, Muhammad Sulumba, replaced Zimbabwean striker Dominic Chungwa,in the 64th minute at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium where Polokwane City drew 1-1 with Ajax Cape Town on Sunday afternoon.
Zimbabwean Walter Musona opened the scoring for City, only for Fagrie Lakay to equalise for the bottom-placed Ajax.
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