Cape Town - A
late first half penalty by Kingston Nkhatha denied Chippa United the full three
points when they drew their Absa Premiership match 1-1 on Sunday afternoon at
Peter Mokaba Stadium.
the other hand, the visitors found the back of the net through Joseph
Molangoane to ensure the Chilli Boys didn’t go home empty handed.
the match had a dull beginning, United threatened after eight minutes when
Nkhatha nearly scored when goalkeeper Ayanda Masiko failed to handle the ball
as it bounced off his chest, but United quickly cleared the danger
good interplay from the visitors in the 16th minute, Molangoane found the
back of the net when he received a great cross from the right by Diamond
pass picked out Molangoane alone on the far post to easily slot the ball home,
beating keeper Ronwen Williams.
minutes later, Masiko was awake to deny Jeremy Brockie a wonderful chance to
make it 1-1 as he punched the ball away for a corner.
Malesela's men wasted an opportunity to make it 2-0 when Rhulani Manzini
blasted his shot over the crossbar in the 22nd minute after putting
pressure on the hosts' defence.
Stuart Baxter's charges tried to retain the ball, they were easily dispossessed
and Thopola unleashed a powerful shot in the 27th minute on the edge of
the box but Williams was equal to the task and saved for a corner.
after the half-hour mark, Nkhatha was a menace for the Chilli Boys’ defence and
his shot was saved by Masiko for the second time as he initially spilled the
the stroke of half time, United pulled one back making it 1-1 when Thuso Phala
made a great run and took a shot, but skipper James Okwuosa was adjudged to
have handled the ball.
referee pointed to the spot and Nkhatha converted, beating Masiko, and it was
1-1 at half time.
good ball possession, Thopola attempted to beat Williams from a distance but
his effort went wide in the 57th minute.
the 76th minute Brockie was set up by substitute Fagrie Lakay and the New
Zealand international failed to direct his effort on target as it sailed wide.
10 minutes to go, too many touches in the box by Walter Maponyane let him down
following a sweet lay off by Molangoane, with the shot going off target.
introduction of Lakay by Baxter uplifted United but they failed to penetrate
Chippa's defence and both sides shared the spoils.