MATCH CENTRE

SAT 16 SEPTEMBER 2017, 20:15, ROYAL BAFOKENG STADIUM

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VS
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Chippa hold Platinum Stars in Rustenburg

by Graeme Jackson

Sat September 16, 22:20

Teboho Moloi’s reign as Chippa United coach began with a goalless draw away to Platinum Stars in Rustenburg on Saturday night.

The result at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium sees the Chilli Boys rise to 11th in the Absa Premiership, while Dikwena have at least picked up their first point of the season, though they remain winless and rooted to the bottom of the log.

Both sides struggled to find their rhythm in a disappointing first half, with neither Stars goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela nor his counterpart Daniel Akpeyi called into action by a shot on target.

Dikwena looked to be the better of the two teams through the first stanza, with the likes of Enocent Mkhabela and Robert Ng’ambi holding sway through the middle of the park, but they couldn’t provide striker Bongi Ntuli with the necessary ammunition.

Chippa were dealt a major blow just before half time when influential midfielder Mark Mayambela limped off and had to be replaced by Phetso Maphanga, resulting in a tactical shuffle from the visitors.

Both teams boosted their attack early in the second half, with Dikwena introducing Thobani Kunene and the Chilli Boys throwing on former Free State Stars hit-man Moeketsi Sekola.

The latter missed a great chance to break the deadlock in the 72nd minute: a fine passing movement from Chippa ended with Katlego Mashego knocking the ball past a defender to find the unmarked Sekola, but he scuffed his shot straight to Mzimela.

In the final minute of regulation time Chippa thought they had won the game when Kurt Lentjies played a superb pass to give Paseka Mako what should have been a tap-in, but Mzimela did brilliantly to get across and deny the winger with an early save-of-the-season candidate.

Platinum Stars 0
Chippa United 0

Stars: Mzimela, De Jong, Mwedihanga, Mlilo, Zulu, Mere, Mbatha, Mkhabela (Monama 57’), Nale (Kunene 46’), Ng’ambi, Ntuli (Matlakala 79’)

Chippa: Akpeyi, Macheke, Konqobe, Okwuosa, Mako, Mabaso, Zuke, Mayambela (Maphango 45’), Lentjies, Mbenyane (Sekola 54’), Mashego (Mdlinzo 81’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ROYAL BAFOKENG STADIUM
PLATINUM STARS GOALS CHIPPA UNITED GOALS
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
PLATINUM STARS STARTING LINEUP CHIPPA UNITED STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
21
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
22
Defender
27
Defender
3
5
Defender
2
Defender
2
0
Defender
4
Midfielder
46'
37
Midfielder
54'
10
Midfielder
57'
0
Midfielder
29
Midfielder
22
Midfielder
45'
11
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
15
Forward/Striker
79'
0
Forward/Striker
81'
43
SUBSTITUTIONS
Thobani Kunene
Forward/Striker
46'
0
Phetso Maphanga
Midfielder
45'
17
Raymond Monama
Forward/Striker
57'
0
Moeketsi Sekola
Midfielder
54'
9
Maboke Matlakala
Midfielder
79'
0
Sizwe Mdlinzo
Midfielder
81'
0
CARDS
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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