Johannesburg - SuperSport
United won 1-0 at lowly Chippa United on Sunday to join the pack
hunting South African Premiership leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.
Mxolisi Macuphu scored the lone goal midway through the opening half,
poking an Aubrey Modiba cutback over the goalline after a free-kick
manoeuvre caught the home side napping.
Defending champions Sundowns have 40 points, Orlando Pirates 39,
Bidvest Wits 38, Cape Town City 36 and SuperSport 35 with eight rounds
"We could have been two or three goals ahead by half-time with better
decision making," said SuperSport coach and former Zimbabwe defender
It was the first loss in five league matches for Clinton Larsen since
he became the fourth coach this season of perennial strugglers Chippa.
Labelled a "route-one coach" this week by a player he once worked
with, Larsen said he warned his team not to fall behind against vastly
"United are very difficult to break down once they get in front and
we did not use the width of the pitch enough when attacking."
Chippa are above the relegation zone only on goal difference and
13th-place Baroka also remained in danger after crashing to a 3-1 loss
at home to Polokwane City.
Ghanaian Mohammed Anas, who once went viral after thanking his wife
and girlfriend in a post-match interview, bagged a brace for City and
Zambian Salulani Phiri also scored.
Collins Makgaka netted for Baroka, who had Bonginkosi Makume red-carded 10 minutes into the second half.