Cape Town - Two goals by Joseph Molangoane and Andile Mbenyane
ensured Chippa United bagged a point in their Absa Premiership encounter
against Maritzburg United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Chilli Boys are now placed at the sixth spot on the
log table with 33 points from 23 league matches whilst Ernst Middendorp's men
remain rooted at the bottom of the standings with 16 points from 22 games.
Looking at the visitors, Philani Zulu and Evans Rusike
were on target to ensure the visitors gained despite remaining on the bottom of
Although both sides started slowly, it was the visitors
who took the game to the Port Elizabeth-based side.
Just after six minutes of play, the Team of Choice
opened the scoring when Zulu netted with a fine left footed finish giving
the KwaZulu-Natal side the lead.
Despite the match becoming a tough contest in the middle
of the park, the Chilli Boys managed to pull one back through Mbenyane when
Ernst Middendorp's men conceded a set piece.
Mbenyane then capitalised on the error after a set piece
taken by Erick Chipeta allowing the former skipper to score with his right
With 11 minutes remaining on the clock, the Chilli
Boys took the lead when Molangoane beat Glenn Verbauwhede with his
right foot finish with an assist coming from Nkosinathi Mthiyane.
With one minute remaining to the interval, Maritzburg's
forward Rusike rose to the occasion and the Zimbabwean scored with his right
It was 2-2 at half time.
After 20 minutes into the second stanza,
United took a long range effort through Brian Onyango as he attempted to beat
Daniel Akpeyi, but his shot was wide of target.
In the 67th minute, Mbenyane wasted a great chance to make it 3-2
when he received a pass, but his final shot failed to trouble the Belgian-born
As time was running out, the Chilli nearly benefited
when Middendorp's men failed to clear the danger and Buyani Sali took a shot,
but he couldn't trouble Vebauwhede.
United managed to find the net when substitute Bandile
Shandu scored, but the referee disallowed the goal as he was adjudged to have
handled the ball.
In the dying stages of the tie, both outfits failed to
create clear cut chances and they both walked away with one point apiece.