Chippa United overcome wasteful Maritzburg United

Chippa United overcome wasteful Maritzburg United
Andile Mbenyane of Chippa United and Lorenzo Gordinho of Bloemfontein Celtic during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 game between Bloemfontein Celtic and Chippa United at Dr Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein on 5 August 2018 © Frikkie Kapp/BackpagePix

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Jan 19, 2019. 18:00

Chippa United beat Maritzburg United 2-0 in an Absa Premiership match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.

Despite the victory, the Chill Boys remained 15th on the league table, while the Team of Choice also remained 16th on the table.

The hosts started the match brightly and they threatened first through Thabo Rakhale 11 minutes into the encounter.

Veteran midfielder Kurt Lentjies played in the former Orlando Pirates winger, who volleyed the ball wide of the target as Maritzburg survived a scare.

The best chance of the first-half fell for new Maritzburg striker Thabiso Kutumela, who recently joined the club from Pirates, in the 23rd minute.

Eswatini international Justice Figueredo found Kutumela with a delightful cross at the far post, but somehow the latter fluffed his effort from six-yards out.

The last opportunity of the first-half fell for Rakhale seven minutes before half-time after being set-up by Lentjies, but the former missed the target.

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

The Chilli Boys dominated the opening stages of the second-half and they deservedly broke the deadlock through Tebogo Tlolane.

The left-footed player scored his second goal in as many league matches from 30-yards out to make it 1-0 to Chippa.

The hosts continued to attack after opening the scoring and they managed to double their lead after the Team of Choice defence was exposed.

Long-serving Chippa player Andile Mbenyane punished the Maritzburg backline to make it 2-0 to the hosts - beating goalkeeper Richard Ofori.

Both teams launched late attacks and Kutumela missed the target, before Rakhale's shot was well-saved by Ghana international Ofori.

Ultimately, the game ended in a 2-0 victory in favour of Chippa, who secured their maiden win in 2019.

Chippa (0) 2 (Tlolane 53', Mbenyane 62')
Maritzburg (0) 0

Chippa: Akpeyi, Macheke, Nsabayimvu, Shitolo, Malepe, Tlolane, Komane, Rakhale, Lentjies (Klate 77'), Mbenyane (Gamildien 83'), R Manzini (L,Manzini 80').

Maritzburg: Ofori, De Reuck, Xulu, Onyango, Kunene, Matima (Shandu 61'), Makaringe, Matsi, Makgalwa (Moseamedi 26'), Figueredo (Atouba 63'), Kutumela.

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