Kurt Lentjies of Chippa United and Augustine Ramphele of Amazulu during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between Chippa United and Amazulu at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on 22 August 2017 © Deryck Foster/BackpagePix
Tuesday Aug 22, 2017. 21:33
Chippa United defeated AmaZulu 2-0 in an Absa Premiership match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.
As a result, the Chilli Boys moved to the fourth spot on the league table, while the Chilli Boys dropped down to position seven on the standings.
Usuthu should have grabbed an early goal, but Michael Morton's header went just over the crossbar a few minutes into the encounter.
The hard-working midfielder then found some space outside the Chippa box in the 26th minute and he forced goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo into a comfortable save.
However, lapse of concentration inside the AmaZulu box in the 38th minute handed the Chilli Boys an opportunity to break the deadlock.
The 2014/15 Absa Premiership Golden Boot winner Moeketsi Sekola made no mistake as he scored from close range to make it 1-0 to Chippa.
The Chilli Boys then pressed for another goal, but they were denied by AmaZulu goalkeeper Boalefa Pule, who produced a good save in the 40th minute.
The home side managed to contain AmaZulu in the remaining minutes of the first-half and the score was 1-0 to Chippa at the interval.
Usuthu defender Simphiwe Mtsweni was booked a few minutes into the second-half as the Chilli Boys pressed AmaZulu in search of their second goal.
AmaZulu were able to launch promising attacks, but they lost possession in the final third without seriously testing Chippa goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo.
The momentum was with Chippa in the dying minutes of the match and they managed to double their lead thanks to Abel Mabaso's goal.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns defender hit the back of the net to make it 2-0 to Chippa following a good move by Kurt Lentjies in the 81st minute.
Usuthu could not pull one back in the closing stages of the match as Chippa stood firm at the back and they emerged 2-0 winners on the night.
Chippa (1) 2 (Sekola 38', Mabaso 81')
AmaZulu (0) 0
Chippa: Mhlongo, Thopola, Macheke, Okwuosa, Maphanga, Mayambela (Mako 67'), Zuke, Mabaso, Mbokoma, Lentjies (Mdlinzo 85'), Sekola.
AmaZulu: Pule, Sikhakhane, Mtsweni, Mngqibisa, Nyongo,Morton, Darpoh, Zungu, Ramphele (Nomvethe 65'), Karuru, Khenyeza.