Pitso continues unbeaten run
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Cape Town - Pitso Mosimane
continued his unbeaten run as Mameldoi Sundowns coach as his side was held to a 1-1 draw by Chippa United in an Absa Premiership match at the Athlone Stadium on Wednesday night.
While Sundowns had more than 60 percent of the possession in the first stanza they still went into the half-time break trailing by a goal courtesy of Welcome Qalanto.
The Brazilians were able to find an equaliser through Wayne Arendse midway through the second half, but were unable to push on for the win.Video highlights: Chippa v Sundowns
Mosimane’s men certainly controlled the flow of play and dictated terms on the field, but their lack of quality finishing came back to bite them.
The Brazilians started positively and created a chance as early as the fourth minute when a quick turn from Themba Zwane inside the box saw him create some space, but his shot from 16-yards out was a woeful one and miles off target.
Sundowns played some beautiful passing football, but they lacked that final killer pass that would unlock the Chippa defence. Instead, their next decent chance on goal came from a 35-yard free-kick in the 14th minute.
Esrom Nyandoro let fly with a powerful shot that looked destined for the top corner, but alas, for the away side, it went centimetres wide of the target with the keeper well beaten.
Chippa had produced hardly any play in the Sundowns half and it was very much against the run of play when they took the lead in the 30th minute through Qalanto’s sixth goal of the season.
The Chilli Boys attacker rose highest to head home a left sided free-kick from six-yards out into the bottom right hand corner, 1-0.
‘Downs tried to find a way back into the game before the break, but saw themselves entering the tunnel one nil down at half time.
The second half saw the away side pick-up where they left off - firmly in control of the match, but still unable to find the back of the net.
In the 67th minute second half substitute Teko Modise
did come close to finding the equaliser, but he saw his 25-yard thunderbolt strike the woodwork and bounce away from danger.
Two minutes later, however, ‘Downs did find the equaliser through Wayne Arendse who rose highest at a corner-kick to head past a helpless Chippa goalkeeper, 1-1.
Neither side could go on to find the winner as the game ended all square.Scores:
Chippa United (1) 1 (Qalanto 30’)
Mamelodi Sundowns (0) 1 (Arendse 69’) Teams:
Chippa: Kassaly; Moonsamy, Mvalo, Okwuosa, Tomanyane, Siwahla, Sali (Bovu 73’), Cohen (Ngothani 85’), Twala, Qalanto, Risser (Idrissa 75’)
Sundowns: Sandilands; Mabaso, W. Arendse, Mwanjale, Langerman, Laffor (Henyekane 46’), Nyandoro, Zwane, Pelembe, Mphela (Rodgers 87’), Mushekwi (Modise 61’)