Port Elizabeth - Chippa United marked their return to the Premiership, and their first
official home league game in Port Elizabeth, with a 2-0 win over
Platinum Stars on Saturday evening.
The match at the Nelson
Mandela bay Stadium was a hard-fought game throughout, with tackles
flying in from both sides, with a total of seven yellow cards dished
out, as well as a late red for the visiting team.
Boys' win was paved by an early goal by club stalwart Andile Mbenyane,
who netted after just eight minutes to ease any early nerves for the PSL
David Zulu, who topped scored in the National First
Division with Black Leopards last season, added a second goal after 26
minutes, finding the net with a right-footed shot to give Kosta Papic's
side a two goal cushion.
Platinum Stars, who lost a couple of
their top strikers, including Siphelele Mthembu, Henrico Botes and
Thabani Mthembu during the off-season, struggled to create much threat
up front, with new-signing Ndumiso Mabena leaving Chippa keeper Tshepo
Motsoeneng largely untroubled.
Chippa took their two goal cushion
into the half-time break and were able to keep their lead intact in
what became a scrappy and rather physical second half as the North West
outfit tried to fight their way back into the game, to no avail.
matters worse for Dikwena was the fact they lost Rofhiwa Tshikovhi to a
late red card, the defender being showed his marching orders two
minutes from time for a second bookable offence.
would have to go back to the drawing board, for Chippa it was the
perfect beginning to life in Port Elizabeth after their move from Cape
Town, as the Chilli Boys looked to avoid a repeat of two seasons ago
when they were relegated after just one year in the top flight.
are next in action on Tuesday night, when they play SuperSport United
in Pretoria, while on Wednesday Platinum Stars host Free State Stars,
who lost to Kaizer Chiefs earlier on Saturday.
Motsoeneng, Nzunga (Mvelase 64’), S. Zulu, Komane, Sambu, Malongoane (Sibeko 67’), Sangweni, Shai (Moholo 51’), Twala, Mbenyane, D. Zulu
Mpontshane, Mere, Tshikovhi, Gumede, Mpeta, Nyanda, Nyathi (Joseph 62’), Mathe, Tshabalala, Ng’ambi, Mabena (Chinyama 70’)