Johannesburg - Chippa United crept out of the Absa Premiership relegation
zone on Sunday despite being held 1-1 at home in Port Elizabeth by draw
specialists Highlands Park.
The goals came within three minutes just before half-time at
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium with Sabelo Nyembe scoring for the visitors and
Lerato Manzini equalising.
Drawing lifted Chippa one place to 14th, above Baroka on
goals difference because they have conceded one less.
Chippa and Baroka have 21 points each and bottom club
Maritzburg United 17 with six rounds remaining.
The club finishing last is automatically relegated and the
second-last side goes into three-team play-offs for one top-flight place.
Relegation carries a heavy price in South Africa with the R300
000 monthly grant of second division teams only one fifth that of Premiership
"We dominated the match but did not have much to show
for it in the end," said Chippa United coach Clinton Larsen.
"This match proved that football can be a cruel game,
although we did ourselves no favours with slow passing in the attacking
Highlands have drawn 12 of 24 league matches - two more than
any of the other 15 Premiership teams.