Flames striker Richard Mbulu came off the bench to score a stoppage time equaliser in a 1-1 stalemate against Mamelodi Sundowns in DStv Premiership match at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Monday night.
In a match monitored on SuperSport, the defending champions took the lead through Lyle Lakay’s 49th minute goal from a free-kick but Mbulu rescued Baroka from the jaws of defeat with a wonderful goal with his left foot on the edge of the box.
In an interview from Limpopo Province Tuesday, Mbulu said he was excited.
“It feels great to score and earn a point for my club. This will boost my confidence this season,” Mbulu said.
It was Mbulu’s second goal in the DStv Premiership this season.
Flames coach Meck Mwase heaped praise on Mbulu.
“I am happy for him. I wish all the players well and I am sure they will have game-time at their respective clubs,” Mwase said.
Mbulu was part of the Flames squad at Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon but failed to score a goal alongside Polokwane City forward Khuda Muyaba in four matches.
During the match, Bakgaga (Baroka) applied late pressure on the opposition goal with a number of long throw-ins, but Masandawana dealt with the danger.
“However, their efforts eventually paid off in the fifth minute of added time when Mbulu let loose from outside the area and the ball nestled in the top-left corner of the net,” reported SuperSport.
Mbulu replaced Evidence Makgopa in the 66th minute.
The draw was important as Baroka moved out of the relegation zone to position 14 with 14 points, to tie on points with Moroka Swallows.
Both sides created chances as Baroka’s Basel Mphahlele fluffed his penalty. On the other hand, Lakay rattled the frame of the goal post twice.