Chippa cruise past Stars in MTN8

2016-08-27 17:19
Rhulani Manzini (Gallo)

Cape Town - Chippa United booked their place in the MTN8 semi-finals with a comfortable 2-0 win over Platinum Stars on Saturday.

Chippa dominated much of the play in both periods as Platinum Stars failed to match their tempo and passing football.

Dan Malesela's side took an early lead after Sphiwe Mnguni's underhit backpass was punished by Rhulani Manzini.

Menzi Masuku made it 2-0 as Chippa underlined their dominance on the day. 

In sunny weather at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, it was home side Platinum Stars that nearly seized an early advantage.

Tintswalo Tshabalala's whipped fourth minute free-kick from the right-wing nearly found its way into the back of Zama Dlamini's goal.

However, it was not a sign of things to come as Chippa took control from the outset. The Chilli Boys took advantage of an under-cooked Sphiwe Mnguni backpass as Rhulani Manzini ran on to it, rounded Mbongeni Mzimela and tapped into an empty net.

Dan Malesela's impressive side nearly doubled their lead in the 16th minute as Buyani Sali broke forward and fired in a shot.

He dragged it wide as Mzimela watched it safely sail past his right-hand post. After the break it was again Chippa who started off the strongest - Marc van Heerden's 53rd-minute free-kick from the right-hand side was narrowly headed wide by Manzini.

Stars were strangely toothless at home, although Gregory Mabena's 61st-minute snapshot from the edge of the box almost gave Dlamini something to think about. Nonetheless, clear-cut chances were few and far between for Stars in the second period as Chippa continued to pour forward.

Van Heerden would hit the target with a curling free-kick in the 71st minute, although it was gathered easily by Mzimela. Chippa then hit the post after a good passing move, though it wouldn't be long before the second goal arrived.

Thembinkosi Lorch's pinpoint cross from the right was expertly finished by Menzi Masuku - his first goal for Chippa since him move from Orlando Pirates.

In the final stages there were few scares as Chippa cruised past Stars and into the MTN8 semi-finals.

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