MATCH CENTRE

SAT 03 AUGUST 2019, 15:00, NELSON MANDELA BAY STADIUM

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Chippa left frustrated against rookies

by Staff Reporter

Sat August 03, 19:00

Chippa United played to a frustrating 0-0 draw against Absa Premiership newcomers Stellenbosch FC at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday afternoon.


The newly-promoted team put in a superb rearguard action to keep at bay the Chilli Boys, with the teams settling for a point each on the opening day of the 2019/20 campaign.


Chippa started the stronger of the two teams, with forwards Kurt Lentjies and Lerato Manzini looking dangerous early on, though Stellenbosch’s defence – led by veteran Morgan Gould – stood firm.


The Cape side struggled to assert themselves in midfield, while the Chilli Boys could dictate the pace and make use of wingers William Twala and Thabo Rakhale to try and stretch the newly-promoted side.


Chippa also threatened from set pieces, with Diamond Thopola notably striking on goal direct from a free kick in the 36th minute, but goalkeeper Boy de Jong was equal to the task, while the hosts wasted another chance shortly thereafter when Lentjies shot wide of the mark.


Stellies finally looked settled toward the latter part of the first half, with midfielder Dillon Solomons particularly influential, but the interval arrived with the score still locked at 0-0.


Solomons made way for new signing Mpho Matsi at the start of the second half, while Chippa’s Lerato Manzini had a fine chance to break the deadlock on 48 minutes, but put his header off target with only de Jong to beat.


The Eastern Cape team continued to create opportunities for the likes of Lentjies, Manzini and Twala, but Stellenbosch remained resolute in defence and did a great job at closing down the space in Chippa’s attacking third of the field.


Chippa introduced attacking players off the bench in the second half – including striker Rhulani Manzini, who had a fierce shot on target turned away in the 81st minute – but they continued to be frustrated in their search for a goal.


The match eventually ended 0-0, with the hosts throwing everything they had at Stellies but unable to find a crack in a well-organised defence. Stellenbosch will be back in league action next weekend when they play away to Cape Town City in a derby, while Chippa United will wait until August 14 for a clash at home to Mamelodi Sundowns.


Chippa United 0

Stellenbosch 0


Chippa: Tignyemb, Thopola, Nsabiyumva, K. Moyo, E. Moyo, Komane, Maphangule (Maholo 68’), Rakhale (Maziya 70’), Twala, Lentjies, L. Maznini (R. Manzini 78’)


Stellenbosch: de Jong, Mthethwa, Bergman, Gould, van Heerden, Awono, Zungu, Franco (Ndlovu 83’), Solomons (Matsi 46’), Afoakwa (Isaacs 67’), Rayners


MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH NELSON MANDELA BAY STADIUM
CHIPPA UNITED GOALS STELLENBOSCH FC GOALS
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1
CHIPPA UNITED STARTING LINEUP STELLENBOSCH FC STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
30
Goalkeeper
31
Defender
24
15
Defender
14
Defender
13
Defender
20
Defender
47
47
5
Midfielder
44
Midfielder
67'
33
Midfielder
32
Midfielder
83'
11
Midfielder
68'
13
Midfielder
46'
22
Midfielder
70'
8
Midfielder
58'
44
Midfielder
40
Midfielder
50
Forward/Striker
78'
9
Forward/Striker
10
SUBSTITUTIONS
Xolani Maholo
Midfielder
68'
0
Mpho Matsi
Midfielder
46'
0
Silas Maziya
Forward/Striker
70'
11
Waseem Isaacs
Forward/Striker
67'
0
Rhulani Manzini
Forward/Striker
78'
16
Zwelethu Ndlovu
Defender
83'
37
CARDS
Junior Awono
Midfielder
58'
44
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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