Absa Premiership

Debutant Mntambo leads Chippa to victory

2018-01-07 19:48
Linda Mntambo (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Chippa United returned to winning ways in the Absa Premiership at the start of the year as they beat Amazulu 2-0 at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday.

A second-half brace from debutant Linda Mntambo saw the Chilli Boys register only their second away victory off the season.

Paseko Mako made two goal line clearances to ensure a clean sheet for the visitors and maintain their undefeated record against Usuthu.

The first threat at goal came from the hosts in the 17th minute when Sbusiso Mabiliso got to the byline before his pullback was poorly dealt with by Mako which allowed the ball to fall for Siduduzo Dlamini, who saw his left-footed volley cannon off the woodwork.

Neat interplay in midfield from Kurt Lentjies and Mntambo saw the latter poke a ball through for Zaphania Mbokoma to run onto only for Usuthu goalkeeper Energy Murambadoro to sense the danger and mop up the threat.

Just past the half-hour mark, Cavin Johnson's side found joy through Butholezwe Ncube, who delivered a dangerous ball into the box, but pressure from Ayabulela Konqobe ensured Ovidy Karuru to put his header over the bar.

The Chilli Boys took the lead six minutes after the restart.

The effervescent Mntambo lashed the ball home with the outside of his foot after he was well picked out on the edge of the box by Mako.

Five minutes later following a shot from Rhulani Manzini the ball fell to Mhlengi Cele, who had the beating of Brighton Mhlongo, but was denied by Mako.

The visitors doubled their advantage in the 62nd minute. A quick one-two on the edge of the area between Mxolisi Macuphu and Mntambo allowed the debutant to slot home from close range and complete his brace.

Amazulu were unlucky not to have found a way back into the contest in the 72nd minute. Tapelo Nyongo was set up by Cele but his captain could only strike the bar from six yards out.

The win sees Tebogo Moloi's side move into the top eight in seventh position, while Usuthu remain 13th with just three wins this term.

Read more on:    chippa united  |  amazulu  |  absa premiership  |  soccer


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Friday, 28 February 2020
Maritzburg United v Stellenbosch, Harry Gwala Stadium 20:00
Saturday, 29 February 2020
Orlando Pirates v Kaizer Chiefs, FNB Stadium 15:30
Golden Arrows v Highlands Park, Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium 15:30
Chippa United v AmaZulu, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 18:00
SuperSport United v Wits, Mbombela Stadium 20:15
Sunday, 01 March 2020
Bloemfontein Celtic v Baroka FC, Dr Molemela Stadium 15:30
Polokwane City v Black Leopards, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

And the 2019/20 Absa Premiership champions will be ... ?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.