Chippa finally snap five-match winless streak with victory over AmaZulu
CAPE TOWN – Chippa United finally snapped a five-match winless streak with a slender 1-0 victory over visiting AmaZulu in their PSL Absa Premiership clash at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, on Saturday evening.
After a goalless first half, Chippa's lone striker, the Cape Town-born Ruzaigh Gamildien, netted four minutes into the second half after a fine feed by central midfielder Meshack Maphangule. As it turned out, it was the only goal of the match.
AmaZulu entered the match rock bottom (16th) on the standings and winless for the last three games. Chippa, a few rungs higher on the ladder in 11th place, also had no form to speak of but they managed draws in their last two outings. Before that, they ran up three defeats on the trot.
Both teams started out cautiously and play was by and large restricted to the central areas of the field as defences did well to snuff out attacks close to the penalty areas.
The teams shared first-half possession stakes but neither had managed to fashion real goal-scoring opportunities.
Sbusiso Magaqa, the AmaZulu midfielder, was the lone first-first booking after a 22nd-minute caution.
Once Gamildien had given Chippa an early second-half lead, AmaZulu fought hard for the equaliser and just ahead of the hour mark they were unlucky to not be awarded a penalty.
Chippa managed to hold out for a precious victory which will see them climbing two or three places on the log, depending on other weekend results.
There were second-half yellow cards for the Chippa trio matchwinner Gamildien, defender Phetso Maphanga and Nigerian midfield rookie Augustine Chidi Kwem.
African News Agency (ANA)