Weekend Post (South Africa)
Dikwena late strike sinks Chippa, Citizens triumph
PLATINUM Stars came from behind to beat Chippa United 2-1 in an Absa Premiership game at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg yesterday night.
The victory sees Dikwena move up to position nine on the league table, while the Chilli Boys slip down to 10th on the standings.
Lerato Manzini and Rhulani Manzini, who had started upfront for the Chilli Boys, were hoping to continue their good scoring form for their side.
That is what Lerato Manzini did 19 minutes into game when he beat Stars goalkeeper, Mbongeni Mzimela with a good finish to make it 1-0 to Chippa.
Sibusiso Msomi had a chance to equalise for Stars in the 25th minute, but Chippa keeper Daniel Akpeyi pulled off a decent save to deny the former.
The Nigerian shot-stopper was also alert nine minutes later gathering Stars attacking midfielder Robert Ng’ambi’s well-taken cross.
Akpeyi and the Chilli Boys defence stood firm at the back in the remaining minutes of the first-half and Chippa were leading 1-0 during the halftime break.
Stars continued to launch attacks in search of the equalising goal in the second-half with Ng’ambi forcing Akpeyi into a save in the 56th minute.
However, the goal-minder was finally beaten a minute later when Siyabonga Zulu set-up Ng’ambi, who hit the back of the net to make it 1-1.
The home side were now oozing with confidence when pushing forward and, in the 63rd minute, Gerald Phiri saw his attempt saved by Akpeyi.
With 13 minutes left on the clock, Chippa coach, Dan Malesela introduced attacking midfielder, Tshwarelo Bereng as the away side searched for a late winner.
However, it was Benson Shilongo, who snatched the winning goal for Stars in the 88th minute with a scorcher and the home side held on to win 2-1 on the night.
Cape Town City climbed back to the top of the Absa Premiership standings following a 1-0 win over Mamelodi Sundowns at Athlone Stadium yesterday evening.
Lebogang Manyama was the difference between the two sides in what was a pulsating fixture in the Mother City.
The Citizens expressed their intent as early as the first minute with Lehlohonolo Majoro squandering a gilt-edged chance. Having beaten Wayne Sandilands to the ball, the former Orlando Pirates forward could only mange to see his header attempt fly wide of goal.
Manyama pounced to score his 11th goal of the season: subsequently joining Tendai Ndoro atop the goal-scoring charts. The City captain delivered a cool finish past Sandilands after being put through on goal by Majoro.
The Brazilians almost hit back straight away. Walters was at fault as he dropped a cross in the area, but lucky for the goal-minder Johannes came to the rescue to clear Anthony Laffor’s attempt from crossing the line.
Meanwhile, Goals from Thulani Hlatswayo, Buhle Mkhwanazi and Gabadinho Mhango downed Bloemfontein Celtic 3-1 in their Absa Premiership encounter at the Bidvest Stadium yesterday night.
The victory for the MTN8 Cup champions means they now occupy second spot on the log with 37 points from 18 league matches so far.
On the other hand, Phunya Sele Sele found the back of the net courtesy of Kabelo Mahlasela in the first half. – Supersport.com