MATCH CENTRE

SAT 30 APRIL 2016, 18:00, BIDVEST STADIUM

1
VS
1

Chilli Boys dent Wits’ title hopes

by BackPageTXT

Sat April 30, 19:57

Chippa United put up a strong performance to dent Bidvest Wits’ Absa Premiership title ambitions by holding the Johannesburg team to a 1-1 draw at Bidvest Stadium.

The Chilli Boys opened the scoring through Thamsanqa Sangweni in the first half, but the Clever Boys struck back through Sibusiso Vilakazi in the second stanza and looked the stronger team in the dying stages of the match.

Chippa put up a superb display in the first 45 minutes and were arguably unlucky to be just 1-0 up heading into the break. Their goal arrived in the 17th minute when Xola Mlambo teed up Thamsanqa Sangweni to fire home a fearsome volley from a tight angle.

It was the first league goal conceded by the Clever Boys’ defence since a 2-1 win over Maritzburg United on February 24.

The Eastern Cape side enjoyed the majority of possession and succeeded in neutralising any threat Wits could pose, with the home side’s only notable moment in attack a tame header on target from Sibusiso Vilakazi in the 27th minute which was easily cleared off the line.

Wits were also unsettled by an incident involving midfielder Papy Faty, who appeared to feint on the sidelines after suffering a dizzy spell. He was replaced by Ben Motshwari just over 10 minutes before the end of the first half.

The hosts made another change at the start of the second half, sending on Joaquim Lupeta in place of the anonymous Henrico Botes, while Chippa put on striker Lerato Manzini in place of winger Joseph Malongoane.

Wits looked much sharper in attack as a result of Lupeta’s introduction and just before the hour mark they equalised through Sibusiso Vilakazi, who scored with a glancing header after being left completely unmarked at a corner kick.

On 78 minutes the Clever Boys should have claimed the lead, with a free kick evading several players in the box before finding the head of Lupeta virtually under the crossbar, but the substitute somehow put his effort over the target.

Wits certainly looked the likelier scorers as the match clock ticked toward full time, but they were unable to find another way through a resilient Chilli Boys defence.

The result leaves Wits still three points behind ‘Downs, with the leaders set to face Kaizer Chiefs away in their match in hand later on Saturday night.

Bidvest Wits (0) 1 (Vilakazi 59’)
Chippa United (1) 1 (Sangweni 17’)

Wits: Josephs, Allie, Mkhwanazi, Khumalo, Hlanti, Pelembe, Ntshangase, Faty (Motshwari 34’), Klate (Sheppard 90+1’), Vilakazi, Botes (Lupeta 46’)

Chippa: Akpeyi, Thopola, Maponyane, Okwuosa, Mthiyane, Malongoane (L. Manzini 46’), Sangweni, X. Mlambo, Mbenyane (Zuke 82’), Sali, Zulu (Mbokoma 65’)

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MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH BIDVEST STADIUM
BIDVEST WITS GOALS CHIPPA UNITED GOALS
10. Sibusiso Vilakazi (59') 21. Thamsanqa Sangweni (17')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3 2
BIDVEST WITS STARTING LINEUP CHIPPA UNITED STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
16
Defender
4
Defender
6
Defender
15
Defender
24
Defender
2
Defender
2
Defender
55'
41
Defender
32
Defender
0
Midfielder
82'
10
Midfielder
90 + 1'
7
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
71'
11
Midfielder
17'
21
Midfielder
34'
17
Midfielder
45'
42
Midfielder
59'
10
Forward/Striker
12'
65'
45
Forward/Striker
46'
19
Forward/Striker
46'
12
SUBSTITUTIONS
Ben Motshwari
Midfielder
34'
30
Lerato Manzine
Forward/Striker
46'
25
Joaquim Lupeta
Forward/Striker
46'
31
Zaphaniah Mbokoma
Midfielder
65'
0
Dillon Sheppard
Midfielder
90 + 1'
29
Sandile Zuke
Midfielder
82'
22
CARDS
Ben Motshwari
Midfielder
41'
30
David Zulu
Forward/Striker
12'
45
Phumlani Ntshangase
Defender
55'
41
Xola Mlambo
Midfielder
45'
42
Elias Pelembe
Midfielder
71'
11
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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