Cape Town - Chippa
United were beaten 2-0 by Kaizer Chiefs in their final Absa Premiership match
of the season, but they have still avoided the relegation zone altogether.
match at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth saw the Amakhosi claim
victory thanks to first half goals from Mandla Masango and Willard Katsande,
but the Chilli Boys put up a brave fight after the break and were certainly the
better team in the second stanza.
Chiefs had a few opening salvos, with the likes of Reneilwe Letsholonyane and
Siphiwe Tshabalala shooting off target from long range in the early minutes.
the first clear chance went the way of Chippa when they gave William Twala a
sight of goal in the 13th minute, only for the winger to see his low
shot well saved by the legs of goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo.
Amakhosi shrugged off the chance at the other end and soon claimed the opening
goal. Bernard Parker provided an in-swinging cross from the left channel and
Mandla Masango got ahead of his marker before steering a header into the net to
make it 1-0 in the 25th minute.
over 10 minutes later the Soweto giants doubled their advantage. A
cleverly-worked set piece saw Masango turn provider, as his cross picked out
the unmarked Willard Katsande at the back post and the midfielder gleefully
turned home his volley for 2-0.
opted for a double change at the start of the second half, with George Akpabio
and Buyani Sali coming on for Siyabulela Shai and Gert Barends. The hosts
immediately looked far more potent and Akpabio was unlucky to see a goal
disallowed for an incorrect offside call in the 51st minute.
Chilli Boys continued to dominate the champions in the second half, but the
Amakhosi’s defence – as it has done for almost the whole season – stood firm
and gave nothing away to see them to yet another three-point haul.
had a scare when Chippa were awarded a penalty late on, but Mhlengi Cele’s spot
kick hit the outside the post and bounced away to safety. Chiefs ended the
season with 69 points and 21 wins under their belt – both new records for a
16-team PSL season.
Chiefs (2) 2 (Masango 25’, Katsande 36’)