PIRATES WIN Chiefs drop points
Kaizer Chiefs lost more ground in their bid to stage a meaningful challenge in the Absa Premiership championship as Orlando Pirates secured three points last night. Chiefs dropped two valuable points when they were held to a 2-all draw by SuperSport United.
Pirates did not have the same problem as goals from Thamsanqa Gabuza and Thabo Matlaba ensured victory over Chippa United 2-1 at Orlando Stadium, and moved the Buccaneers into the top eight-bracket.
Paseka Mako earlier scored his first goal of the season to bring the Chilly Boys level.
The visitors were later reduced to 10 men after captain Thamsanqa Sangweni got his marching orders for a second bookable offence late in the game.
In Mbombela, two goals from Siphiwe Tshabalala were not enough to hand Chiefs a much-needed win after United equalised on the stroke of full-time.
The draw means Steve Komphela’s men remain fourth on the table with 46 points, and will now have to win their remaining four matches to stand a chance of winning the league.
For the hosts, Mandla Masango netted in the first half and Aubrey Modiba made it 2-2 in the late stages of the contest.
The first 10 minutes saw both sides starting like a house on fire as they battled for dominance in the heart of the park.
However, United kept Amakhosi under pressure as they pushed to find an early goal, but Clayton Daniels was denied by Tsepo Masilela on the left pole following a free header in the box.
Komphela’s charges responded swiftly and Bernard Parker saw his shot come off the upright and bounce back to action in the 22nd minute, with goalkeeper Reyaad Pieterse beaten.
A minute later, Tshabalala beat Pieterse when he produced a clever curling chip into the roof of the net from the edge of the area to make it 1-0.
After 20 minutes, Pieterse was called to action to produce a fine save to deny Joseph Molangoane from close range after a perfect pass by Tshabalala from the right flank.
Two minutes later, Masango netted against his former team when he received a brilliant pass through Reneilwe Letsholonyane from the midfield – his welltaken right-footed curler went straight into keeper Bruce Bvuma’s far corner.
As the encounter became a thriller towards the 35th minute, Tshabalala bagged his brace with a superb finish in the box as the skipper received a well-placed pass from right back Ramahlwe Mphahlele.
The high-paced affair ended 2-1 at the interval to Chiefs. Amakhosi continued with the same energy upon their return from the tunnel, yet there were no clear-cut chances until the 65th minute.
Substitute William Twala came close to bagging the third goal as he unleashed a shot from a tight angle on the left flank, but saw his effort hitting the side of the net.
As the encounter approached the last 12 minutes, Molangoane missed a glorious opportunity to make it 3-1 but saw his shot go wide from close range.
The last four minutes allowed Thuso Phala to dribble past Chiefs’ defence into the box from a counter-attack, only to be denied by the onrushing Bvuma for a corner.
Substitute Modiba made a huge effect in the encounter as he found a late equaliser in the box to beat Bvuma as the ball deflected off his defender.
In the end, both sides shared the spoils and the draw means Kaitano Tembo’s side occupy the fifth spot with 41 points from 25 games in the league.
ON IT Orlando Pirates’ Thembinkosi Lorch shields the ball from Paseka Mako of Chippa United during their Absa Premiership match at Orlando Stadium last night