MATCH CENTRE

FRI 26 JANUARY 2018, 20:00, HARRY GWALA STADIUM

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Maritzburg United held by stubborn Chippa United

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Fri January 26, 23:09

Maritzburg United held Chippa United to a 1-1 draw in an Absa Premiership match at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday night.

The draw sees the Team of Choice remain fifth on the league standings, while the Chilli Boys climb up to seventh spot on the table.

The home side dominated the match from the start with Maritzburg striker Evans Rusike missing the target from close range 10 minutes into the game.

However, Chippa were awarded a penalty after Brian Onyango had handled the ball inside the box in the 24th minute.

Nigeria international James Okwuosa stepped up and he was denied by Maritzburg goalkeeper Richard Ofori from the spot-kick.

The Team of Choice continued to dominate possession as they looked to break the deadlock.

But the home side found it difficult to unlock the Chilli Boys defence which looked solid.

The score was 0-0 at half-time between Maritzburg and Chippa.

An action-packed second-half followed with the home side breaking the deadlock in the 64th minute.

Rusike was the man, who scored to make it 1-0 to Maritzburg much to the delight of the home crowd.

However, the hosts' lead lasted for nine minutes as Mxolisi Macuphu made it 1-1 for Chippa with a good finish.

Both teams launched attacks in the closing stages of the game in search of a late winning goal, but it never came and the two sides settled for a 1-1 draw.

Maritzburg (0) 1 (Rusike 64')
Chippa (0) 1 (Macuphu 73')

Maritzburg: Ofori, Sanoka, Xulu, Onyango (Matima 89'), De Reuck, Makaringe (Shandu 63'), Ndlovu, Mekoa (Atouba 87'), Maboe, Rusike, Fileccia.

Chippa: Akpeyi, Okwuosa, Modisane, Hachi, Macheke, Mabaso, Lentjies (Mbenyane 82'), Maholo (Rakhale 52'), Mako (Sali 69'), Macuphu, Mntambo.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH HARRY GWALA STADIUM
MARITZBURG UTD. GOALS CHIPPA UNITED GOALS
19. Evans Rusike (64') 30. Mxolisi Macuphu (73')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
MARITZBURG UTD. STARTING LINEUP CHIPPA UNITED STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
31
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
89'
2
Defender
27
Defender
32
Defender
3
Defender
0
Defender
6
Defender
25
Defender
2
Midfielder
87'
28
Defender
4
Midfielder
63'
13
Midfielder
82'
29
Midfielder
15
Midfielder
73'
30
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
70'
7
Forward/Striker
9
Midfielder
52'
0
Forward/Striker
64'
19
Forward/Striker
23
SUBSTITUTIONS
Bandile Shandu
Midfielder
63'
26
Thabo Rakhale
Midfielder
52'
25
Atouba Yazid
Forward/Striker
87'
10
Buyani Sali
Defender
70'
6
Motsie Matima
Midfielder
89'
0
Andile Mbenyane
Midfielder
82'
10
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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