Saturday Mar 10, 2018. 17:45
Chippa United crashed out of the Nedbank Cup after losing 2-1 to Free State Stars in a Last 16 match at Goble Park Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
It was a highly competitive match which saw three goals in the second half, the most important of which was scored by Bangali Keita in the 88th minute to send Stars into the quarterfinals of the cup competition.
Chippa started the better of the two sides with the first shot on goal in the eighth minute, but Thabo Rakhale saw his ling range effort well-saved by the keeper.
The away team was on the attack again in the 24th minute when Mark Mayambela met a cross with a powerfully struck 16-yard volley, but his attempt sailed inches over the target.
The home side’s first significant attack came just after the half hour mark when Bangali Keita created some space for himself on the edge of the box, but his stinging effort shaved the wrong side of the post.
The half ended 0-0.
A minute into the second half Free State took the lead when Paulus Masehe headed home an inch perfect corner-kick from Sinethemba Jantjie, 1-0.
Chippa, though, found the equaliser in the 57th minute when a fortuitous 24-yard free-kick from substitute Onassis Mntambo skimmed along the ground, under the defensive wall and into the corner of the net, 1-1.
Stars thought they had re-taken the lead ten minutes later when Goodman Dlamini found the back of the net, but his goal was not given because he was adjudged to be in an off-sides position.
The match looked to be heading for a draw, but a goal two minutes from time courtesy of a deadly finish from Bangali Keita handed the home side the win, 2-1.
Free State (0) 2 (Masehe 46’, Keita 88’))
Chippa (0) 1 (Mntambo 57’)
Free State: Ngobeni, Masehe, Mobbie, Mahamutsa, Keita, Phungwayo, Anas, Tchilimbou (Teyise 89’), Dlamini (Makhaula 71’), Jantjie, Cosse (Mthembu 65’).
Chippa: Mhlongo, Macheke, Okwuosa, Nsabiyumva, Lentjies (Mntambo 46’), Rakhale, Hachi, Mabaso, Mayambela (Mzwakali 68’), Sali, Macuphu (Manqele 63’).