MATCH CENTRE

SAT 27 MAY 2017, 15:00, JAMES MOTLATSI STADIUM

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Stars and Chippa both avoid relegation

by Graeme Jackson

Sat May 27, 17:09

Free State Stars and Chippa United played to a goalless draw in their Absa Premiership clash at Goble Park on Saturday afternoon.

The result ensures both Ea Lla Koto and the Chilli Boys finish clear of the relegation zone and they will play top flight football next season.

The first notable effort on goal arrived in the 17th minute, with Stars’ Nhlanhla Vilakazi shooting direct from a free kick, but Chippa goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi made a relatively comfortable save.

On the half hour mark the hosts threatened from a set piece again - this time Thokozani Sekotlong went for goal from a free kick, but struck his effort just wide of the target, much to the relief of Akpeyi.

Chippa’s lack of control in midfield saw them make a change 10 minutes before the half time break, with Mbulelo Wambi coming off the bench to replace Sandile Zuke.

The substitute soon had an effort on goal, but Stars remained the more potent side in attack, with chances for Vilakazi and Sinethemba Jantjie in the dying minutes of the first half which they were unable to convert.

Chippa also made the first change of the second half when they introduced Tswarelo Bereng in place of striker Rhulani Manzini, who had a quiet game upfront for the Chilli Boys.

In the 69th minute Stars threatened through veteran captain Paulus Masehe, who got on the end of a corner kick from Jantjie but sent his header over the target.

Chippa had offered little in attack through the second half, but on 86 minutes they had a chance for Mpho Mvelase, who was unable to beat Thela Ngobeni in the Ea Lla Koto goal.

Free State Stars 0
Chippa United 0

Stars: Ngobeni, Mashego, Teyise, Mahamutsa, Mbhele, Jantjie, Vilakazi, Masehe, Makhaula, Sekotlong (Venter 66’), Anas (Maphakisa 84’)

Chippa: Akpeyi, Mako, Chabalala, Thopola, Mvelase, Masuku (Kama 84’), Zuke (Wambi 36’), Mbenyane, Ngubane, Mbokoma, R. Manzini (Bereng 51’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH JAMES MOTLATSI STADIUM
FREE STATE STARS GOALS CHIPPA UNITED GOALS
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 1
FREE STATE STARS STARTING LINEUP CHIPPA UNITED STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
32
Goalkeeper
89'
16
Defender
28
Defender
24
Defender
25
13
Defender
6
Midfielder
10
20
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
90'
4
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
50
Midfielder
51'
55
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
36'
15
Midfielder
22
32
Midfielder
66'
7
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
84'
38
Forward/Striker
84'
41
SUBSTITUTIONS
Danny Venter
Forward/Striker
66'
8
Mbulelo Wambi
Midfielder
36'
5
Thabo Maphakisa
Midfielder
84'
37
Tshwarelo Bereng
Forward/Striker
51'
23
Bongani Kama
Defender
84'
40
CARDS
Makhehlene Makhaula
Midfielder
90'
4
Daniel Akpeyi
Goalkeeper
89'
16
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
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