Chippa held 1-1 by Stars – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Edward Manqele of Free State Stars

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Nov 22, 2017. 20:25

Chippa United were held to a 1-1 draw by hosts Free State Stars at Goble Park in the early Absa Premiership match on Wednesday evening.

Both goals arrived late in the game, with the hosts taking a lead against the run of play thanks to a strike from Edward Manqele, while the visitors quickly equalised through James Okwuosa.

The result sees both teams rise up the log, temporarily at least: Ea Lla Koto are up one spot to ninth with 12 points from 10 matches, while the Chilli Boys go up three positions to fifth with 15 points from 11 outings in the league.

Chippa enjoyed the early possession but struggled to create clear-cut chances. Their best effort at goal in the opening half hour came via a 24th-minute free kick from Kurt Lentjies which flew just over the crossbar.

Stars gradually claimed a foothold in the game and on 38 minutes they nearly claimed the lead, with winger Sinethemba Jantjie denied at close range by a superb save from Chippa goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.

Ea Lla Koto also created the first chance of the second half, with skipper Paulus Masehe getting on the end of a corner kick, only to see his effort travel over the target without troubling the ‘keeper.

Masehe had another go at goal – this time from long range – a few minutes later, but Akpeyi pulled off a good save, while shortly thereafter Chippa put Paseka Mako clean through, but he was unable to get the better of Badra Ali Sangare one-on-one.

On 64 minutes the Chilli Boys had another good opportunity when Phetso Maphanga teed up Lentjies, but he was unable to get the better of Sangare and was soon replaced by Moeketsi Sekola.

Sekola and the lively Mpho Mvelase continued to put Stars’ defence under pressure, but it was the hosts who broke the deadlock through substitute Edward Manqele in the 84th minute, with the striker coolly taking advantage of some slack defending.

Yet Ea Lla Koto’s lead was short lived, with the Chilli Boys equalising in the 86th minute: Menzi Masuku’s corner kick was headed home by defender James Okwuosa to see the match end 1-1.

Both teams will be in action again this weekend, with Stars away to Kaizer Chiefs and Chippa at home to Mamelodi Sundowns.

Free State Stars (0) 1 (Manqele 84’)

Chippa United (0) 1 (Okwuosa 86’)

Stars: Sangare, Mobbie, Keita, Mbhele, Phungwayo, Masehe, Mokhuoane, Jantjie, Maphakisa, Dlamini, Anas

Chippa: Akpeyi, Macheke, Okwuosa, Bergman, Maphanga, Mvelase, Mabaso (Zuke 61’), Mdlinzo, Mako, Lentjies (Sekola 65’), Julies (Masuku 81’)

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Kaizer Chiefs beat Chippa United in TKO quarter-finals

Siyabonga Ngezana of Kaizer Chiefs and Phetso Maphanga of Chippa United during the2017 Telkom Knockout game between Chippa United and Kaizer Chiefs at Nelson Mandela Stadium in Port Elizabeth on 05 Novemberr 2017 © Deryck Foster/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Nov 05, 2017. 17:31

Kaizer Chiefs beat Chippa United 1-0 in a Telkom Knockout Cup quarter-final match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

As a result, Amakhosi booked their place in the semi-finals, while Chilli Boys are eliminated from the tournament.

Itumeleng Khune, the Chiefs shot-stopper, was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the early stages of the encounter.

The 30-year-old made a good save from Mpho Mvelase’s effort in the 7th minute, before denying the United winger again 17 minutes later.

But Chiefs were awarded a penalty after Chiefs winger Joseph Molangoane was fouled inside the United box a minute before the half-hour mark.

Chiefs veteran forward Bernard Parker made no mistake from the spot-kick as he scored to make it 1-0 to Chiefs.

United, who were desperate for an equalizing goal, were then awarded a free-kick in a promising area on the stroke of half-time.

However, Andile Mbenyane fired just over the crossbar and score was 1-0 to Chiefs during the half-time break.

United coach Teboho Moloi made the first change of the game five minutes after the restart with Samuel Julies replacing Lerato Manzini.

Former Mamelodi Sundowns winger Julies tried to make an immediate impact, but his long range shot was well saved by Khune in the 53rd minute.

The Chilli Boys were finding it difficult to unlock the Amakhosi defence which was marshalled by Daniel Cardoso.

However, the hosts applied some pressure on the Amakhosi defence in the closing stages of the action-packed encounter.

Amakhosi’s inspirational captain Khune got injured in stoppage time and he was replaced by Cardoso in goal as the visitors had used all their substitutes.

Chiefs held on to their slender lead in stoppage time and they emerged 1-0 winners against United.

United (0) 0

Chiefs (1) 1 (Parker 31′)

United: Akpeyi, Macheke, Okwuosa, Konqobe (Sekola 88′), Maphanga, Mako, Mdlinzo, Mabaso, Mvelase, Mbenyane (Lentjies 55′), Manzini (Julies 50′).

Chiefs: Khune , Cardoso, Mathoho, Ngezana, Zulu, Katsande, Meyiwa, Ekstein (Zuma 67′), Tshabalala (Malope 82′), Molangoane, Parker (Paez 78′).

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Chippa, Chiefs set for first cup clash in TKO quarterfinals

Bernard Parker of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Polokwane City and Kaizer Chiefs at Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 31 October 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Friday Nov 03, 2017. 15:00

Chippa United and Kaizer Chiefs will have their first cup clash when they meet in the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on 5 November 2017, kick-off at 15h30.

Chippa booked their place in the last eight of the TKO with a 1-0 win over Mamelodi Sundowns last weekend. The win – secured by a goal from former ‘Downs player Samuel Julies – was both their first over the Brazilians and their first win in the competition.

Chiefs, meanwhile, put in an impressive performance to thrash AmaZulu 3-0 in Durban, thanks to goals from George Maluleka, Hendrick Ekstein and Siphiwe Tshabalala. The Soweto giants have won a record 13 League Cup titles (three of them in the TKO era), though their last triumph was in the 2010/11 season.

While this will be the first cup game between Chippa and Chiefs, the teams have been regular combatants in league football since the former was promoted to the top flight back in 2012. The clubs have crossed swords eight times in the Absa Premiership, with the Amakhosi claiming five wins compared to two for the Chilli Boys.

Last season Chippa beat Chiefs 3-1 in the Eastern Cape in the first half of the campaign – with Lerato Manzini scoring two goals – but the Amakhosi claimed revenge by winning 1-0 at home in the return game.

Chippa come into the match having claimed a stunning 2-0 away win over league champions Bidvest Wits in midweek – with Julies scoring two more goals – while Chiefs were held to a goalless draw by hosts Polokwane City.

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Wits slump to new low in home loss to Chippa – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Sifiso Hlanti of Bidvest Wits challenges Moeketsi Sekola of Chippa United during Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Bidvest Wits and Chippa United at Bidvest Wits Stadium, Johannesburg South Africa on 01 November 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Nov 01, 2017. 21:36

Bidvest Wits continue to look a shadow of the team which won the Absa Premiership last season, as they slumped to a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Chippa United on Wednesday night.

Samuel Julies came off the bench to score his first league goals since 2012 and inspire the Chilli Boys to their first away win of the season, while the Clever Boys have now suffered five defeats from just nine matches thus far.

Chippa nearly claimed the lead as early as the fourth minute, as a scramble in the penalty area after a mistake from Darren Keet ended with James Okwuosa stabbing a shot which hit the underside of the crossbar.

That proved to be the only attacking highlight of an otherwise cagey first half. Wits dominated possession and created a few promising moments thanks to the class of their wide-men Elias Pelembe and Daine Klate, but they couldn’t quite service strikers Vincent Pule and Amr Gamal.

Chippa, meanwhile, looked sporadically dangerous on the counter attack, but they were unwilling to commit too many men forward for fear of being caught short at the back by the reigning league champions.

The second half saw the Clever Boys continue to be the more positive and enterprising team, and coach Gavin Hunt looked to add a little creativity to the mix when he introduced veteran playmaker Steven Pienaar just after the hour mark.

On 75 minutes Chippa’s Daniel Akpeyi needed Okwuosa to bail him out by clearing the ball off the line after the goalkeeper dropped a simple cross, while seconds later substitute Samuel Julies shot wide after being beautifully set up by a through ball from Paseka Mako.

Yet just two minutes later Julies made up for his error by striking home a low shot after more good work from Mako, putting the Chilli Boys into a lead which was very much against the general run of play.

And things got even better for Julies in the 85th minute when he scored a ‘goal of the season’ contender, whipping a left-footed curler into the top corner of the net to make it 2-0 and wrap up the three points for the Eastern Cape side.

Bidvest Wits 0

Chippa United (0) 2 (Julies 77’ 85’)

Wits: Keet, Allie, Khumalo, Hlatshwayo, Hlanti, Pelembe (Keene 82’), Scott, Mlambo (Pienaar 63’), Klate, Pule (Phiri 75’), Gamal

Chippa: Akpeyi, Macheke, Okwuosa, Bergman, Maphanga, Mvelase (Mbenyane 58’), Mabaso, Lentjies (Julies 64’), Mdlinzo, Mako, Sekola (Mbokoma 82’)

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Chippa, ‘Downs battle for TKO quarterfinal berth

Themba Zwane of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Siphiwe Tshabalala of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Versveld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa on 17 October 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Friday Oct 27, 2017. 12:45

Chippa United and Mamelodi Sundowns will battle for a place in the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout when they meet on 29 October 2017 at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium, kick-off at 15h30.

This will be the fourth cup meeting between Chippa and Sundowns and the second in the Telkom KO. Their very first cup meeting was in the last 16 round of this competition back in 2015/16, with the Tshwane side claiming a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Keagan Dolly and Hlompho Kekana.

They also met in the semifinals of last season’s MTN8, with the Brazilians claiming a narrow 1-0 aggregate victory over two legs thanks to a goal from Anthony Laffor.

Across all competitions, the Chilli Boys and ‘Downs have met in 11 matches since 2012/13 and it’s not good reading for the Eastern Cape side: they have yet to claim a single win in the rivalry, with the Brazilians recording six victories and five draws.

The teams last met in a league clash back in March 2017, with Chippa holding Sundowns to a goalless draw at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium. In fact, the teams drew three out of their four meetings last term, suggesting that this clash could be evenly contested.

Sundowns are three-time champions in the League Cup, with their most recent triumph arriving in 2015. Last year the Brazilians were beaten on penalties in the TKO quarterfinals by Tshwane derby rivals SuperSport United, who went on to be runners-up.

As for Chippa, they have participated in the TKO four times before but have never managed to progress past the last 16 stage. Last season they suffered a 2-0 loss away to newcomers Highlands Park in the first round.

In terms of current form, Chippa followed a goalless draw against Maritzburg United with a 2-1 win over Cape Town City in their league matches this month, while Sundowns have suffered back-to-back losses at the hands of Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu.

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Maritzburg earn a point away from home against Chippa – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Yazid Atouba of Maritzburg Utd

Brian Lee

Wednesday Oct 18, 2017. 22:11

Maritzburg United earned a valuable point away from home after playing to a goalless draw in their Absa Premiership match against Chippa United at the Nelson Mandlea Bay stadium on Wednesday night.

The point sees the Team of Choice stay in ninth place with nine points, a place and a point above Chippa in tenth place.

The first effort on goal came in the tenth minute when Lerato Manzini met a cross from Mark Mayambela, but his effort went wife of goal.

Both teams fought for ascendancy after that, but Chippa got the better of the exchanges with Kurt Lentjies trying his luck just after the half hour mark, but Richard Ofori make a good save to deny him from 18-yards out.

Maritzburg’s only chance of the half came in the 40th minute when Lebohang Maboe had a long range shot, but he saw his powerful effort saved by Daniel Akpeyi.

The half ended 0-0.

The second half saw Chippa continue to boss the game with Mayambela striking the cross bar in the 53rd minute from a 22-yard free-kick.

The game fell into a bit of a lull after that with neither side offering too much in the way of attack.

Ten minutes from time Chippa struck the woodwork once more when a Samuel Julies shot from the edge of the box struck the post.

Neither side could find the winner in the dying minutes of the match as it ended all-square.

Chippa are next in action in the league on Sunday, October 22nd against Cape Town City while Maritzburg have the weekend off due to SuperSport United’s CAF commitments.

Chippa United (0) 0

Maritzburg (0) 0


Chippa: 1 Akpeyi, 4 Macheke, 5 Konqobe, 2 Okwuosa, 17 Maphanga, 13 Mvelase (20 Mdlinzo 70’), 15 Zuke, 27 Mabaso, 11 Mayambela (9 Sekola 76’), 32 Lentjies, 25 Manzini (28 Julies 79’).

Maritzburg: 31 Ofori, 5 Weidlich, 2 Onyango (26 Shandu 87’), 25 Xulu, 3 Sanoka, 19 Rusike (22 Mokate 80’), 10 Atouba (12 Van Wyk 61’), 11 Makaringe, 15 Maboe, 8 Ndlovu, 28 Mekoa.

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Chippa look to break run of draws – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Jeremy Brockie of Supersport United challenged by Sandile Zuke of Chippa United during 2017/18 Absa Premiership game between Supersport United and Chippa United at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 19 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 17, 2017. 12:45

Chippa United will be looking to break their run of draws in the Absa Premiership when they host Maritzburg United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on 18 October 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

Chippa played to a fourth successive draw in the league when they held in-form Golden Arrows 1-1 in Durban on September 30. However, the Eastern Cape side will feel they let two points slip after leading in the match through Katlego Mashego.

The Chilli Boys have had mixed results at home thus far in the 2017/18 season, recording one win, one draw and one loss from three turns as hosts. Their only victory was back in August when they defeated AmaZulu 2-0.

Maritzburg suffered a second successive loss and saw their winless streak in the league stretched to four matches when they were beaten 1-0 at home by Free State Stars on September 29. The KwaZulu-Natal side conceded a goal to Sinethemba Jantjie and failed to score for the third match on the bounce.

The Team of Choice is unbeaten away from home this season, having recorded a win at Platinum Stars in the opening round and a draw at AmaZulu last month.

In head-to-head stats, Chippa and Maritzburg have met in eight league matches since 2012/13. The Team of Choice has claimed four wins compared to one for the Chilli Boys, while three matches have been draw. Th Eastern Cape side has yet to win at home in this rivalry, with two draws and two losses as hosts.

Last season Maritzburg took four points off Chippa, holding the Chilli Boys 1-1 in KwaZulu-Natal before winning 3-2 in the Eastern Cape. There has not been a home winner in this rivalry since the Team of Choice triumphed 3-0 in Pietermaritzburg in the first half of the 2014/15 season.

Chippa’s line-up from their 1-1 draw with Arrows on September 30: Akpeyi, Mako, Konqobe, Okwuosa, Zuke, Maphanga, Mabaso (Mdlinzo 52′), Mashego (Makudubela 75′), Lentjies, Sekola (Manzini 60′), Macheke.

Maritzburg’s line-up from their 1-0 loss to Free State Stars on September 29: Ofori, Xulu, Fransman, Weidlich, Makaringe (Kunene 46′), Maboe, Mekoa, Shandu, Atouba (Mokate 70′), Rusike, Fileccia (Saal 58′).

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Siwelele secure a point against Chippa United

Mpho Mvelase of Chippa United during 2017/18 Absa Premiership game between Supersport United and Chippa United at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 19 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Sunday Sep 24, 2017. 18:13

Despite their push to get a win, Bloemfontein Celtic drew their fifth Absa Premiership match 0-0 against Chippa United at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Coach Veselin Jelusic’s troops now sit at the 10th spot with six points from five league matches.

The highly-anticipated contest had a bright start for the visitors in the opening 10 minutes and their dominance showed they wanted an early lead, but they were not decisive in front of goal.

However, their first effort at goal came when Lantshene Phalane picked up the ball in midfield and with limited options decided to shoot from around 25-30 metres, but his effort went wide of goal.

In a game lacking clear-cut chances in front of goal, Kurt Lentjies played a beautiful ball into the box for Mpho Mvelase in the 30th minute, but the latter failed to control the ball and Siwelele cleared their lines.

Following a corner kick by Lentjies in the 40th minute, Moeketsi Sekola connected well with the delivery, but he was denied by the crossbar, with keeper Patrick Tignyemb beaten.

There were no goals in the opening half, but coach Veselin Jelusic’s men started the second on a high and pressed for a goal.

However, both sides calmed down a bit after a good start from Celtic, as coach Teboho Moloi’s men was responded well with two chances, but nothing came out of the efforts.

With three minutes to go, substitute Lerato Manzini would hit the woodwork after receiving the ball on the edge of the box and attempting to curl it towards the far corner.

In the dying minutes, Tignyemb denied Mdlinzo after the latter had a brilliant chance with a free header from the centre of the box.

Resulting from the deadlock, the Chilli Boys now occupy the 11th spot with as many points from six matches in their campaign thus far.

Chippa United 0

Bloemfontein Celtic 0

Chippa United: Akpeyi, Mvelase (Mbokoma 55′), Macheke, Okwousa, Konqobe, Lentjies (Masuku 64′), Zuke, Sekola (Manzini 83′), Mako, Mdlinzo, Maphanga

Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb, Baloyi, Letlabika, Pfumbidzai, Rikhotso, Hotto, Ndengane, Phalane, Mabena (Motshegwa 90′), Mabaso (Nyundu 50′), Letsoalo (Mahlasela 66′)

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Chippa hold Platinum Stars in Rustenburg – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Musa Nyatama of Orlando Pirates is challenged by Andile Mbenyane of Chippa United during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Chippa United on the 19 August 2017 at Orlando Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Saturday Sep 16, 2017. 22:20

Teboho Moloi’s reign as Chippa United coach began with a goalless draw away to Platinum Stars in Rustenburg on Saturday night.

The result at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium sees the Chilli Boys rise to 11th in the Absa Premiership, while Dikwena have at least picked up their first point of the season, though they remain winless and rooted to the bottom of the log.

Both sides struggled to find their rhythm in a disappointing first half, with neither Stars goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela nor his counterpart Daniel Akpeyi called into action by a shot on target.

Dikwena looked to be the better of the two teams through the first stanza, with the likes of Enocent Mkhabela and Robert Ng’ambi holding sway through the middle of the park, but they couldn’t provide striker Bongi Ntuli with the necessary ammunition.

Chippa were dealt a major blow just before half time when influential midfielder Mark Mayambela limped off and had to be replaced by Phetso Maphanga, resulting in a tactical shuffle from the visitors.

Both teams boosted their attack early in the second half, with Dikwena introducing Thobani Kunene and the Chilli Boys throwing on former Free State Stars hit-man Moeketsi Sekola.

The latter missed a great chance to break the deadlock in the 72nd minute: a fine passing movement from Chippa ended with Katlego Mashego knocking the ball past a defender to find the unmarked Sekola, but he scuffed his shot straight to Mzimela.

In the final minute of regulation time Chippa thought they had won the game when Kurt Lentjies played a superb pass to give Paseka Mako what should have been a tap-in, but Mzimela did brilliantly to get across and deny the winger with an early save-of-the-season candidate.

Platinum Stars 0

Chippa United 0

Stars: Mzimela, De Jong, Mwedihanga, Mlilo, Zulu, Mere, Mbatha, Mkhabela (Monama 57’), Nale (Kunene 46’), Ng’ambi, Ntuli (Matlakala 79’)

Chippa: Akpeyi, Macheke, Konqobe, Okwuosa, Mako, Mabaso, Zuke, Mayambela (Maphango 45’), Lentjies, Mbenyane (Sekola 54’), Mashego (Mdlinzo 81’)

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Stars, Chippa look to bounce back – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Vuyo Mere of Platinum Stars challenged by Strydom Wambi of Chippa United during the MTN8 Quarter Final football match between Platinum Stars and Chippa United at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa on August 27, 2016 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Friday Sep 15, 2017. 09:36

Platinum Stars and Chippa United will both be looking to bounce back from midweek defeats in the Absa Premiership when they meet at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on 16 September 2017, kick-off at 20h15.

Stars suffered a third successive league loss when they were beaten 2-0 at SuperSport United on September 12. The Rustenburg side was well in the contest for most of the match, but conceded two late goals to see coach Roger de Sa suffer a defeat in his club debut.

Dikwena will be desperate to put their first point(s) on the board and will hope for a vast improvement on their only other home match so far this term, a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Maritzburg United in the opening round last month.

As for Chippa, they have had a mixed start to the season, with an opening round defeat to Orlando Pirates and a midweek home loss at the hands of Baroka FC sandwiching a promising 2-0 win over AmaZulu. The Eastern Cape side has potential, but they need to get the basics right – especially in defence.

The Chilli Boys’ 3-1 loss on September 12 at the hands of Bakgaga was a lesson at both ends of the field: they failed to turn their dominance of general play into goals, and they also fell short in keeping it tight at the back, making silly errors to concede the trio of goals.

In head-to-head stats, Stars and Chippa have met in eight league matches since 2012/13. The Chilli Boys have claimed three wins compared to two for Dikwena, with three matches ending in draws. Stars, though, have an unbeaten home record against Chippa, with two wins and two draws from four games as hosts.

Last season Dikwena took four points off the Chilli Boys, playing to a 1-1 draw in the Eastern Cape before claiming a 2-1 win in the return game in Rustenburg thanks to goals from Robert Ng’ambi and Benson Shilongo. The teams’ last four meetings have produced 15 goals.

Stars’ line-up from their 2-0 loss to SuperSport on September 12: Mzimela, Mabule, Mwedihanga, Mlilo (Monama 87’), Zulu, Mere, Mkhabela, Ng’ambi, Mbatha, Kunene (Nale 84’), Ntuli (Matlakala 63’).

Chippa’s line-up from their 3-1 loss to Baroka on September 12: Mhlongo, Mvelase, Macheke, Okwuosa, Maphanga, Mabaso, Zuke, Mayambela (Manzini 73’), Lentjies, Masuku (Mako 59’), Sekola (Mashego 52’).

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Motupa brace hands Baroka 3-1 win over Chippa

Musa Nyatama of Orlando Pirates challenges Gift Motupa of Baroka FC

Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Sep 12, 2017. 21:46

Gift Motupa came off the bench to score two goals for Baroka FC and help them claim a 3-1 win over hosts Chippa United in an Absa Premiership clash on Tuesday.

Bakgaga picked up their first win of the season in the match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, while the Chilli Boys will look back at a game in which they were often the dominant force and wonder how they ended up with zero points.

Chippa started brightly and had the first clear chance of the match as early as the sixth minute, with winger Menzi Masuku sending a shot just wide of Virgil Vries’ goalposts.

The Eastern Cape side had further long-range efforts off target from Abel Mabaso and Mark Mayambela, but in the 27th minute they need goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo to pull off a fine save to keep out an effort from Lucky Nguzana.

The chance gave Baroka a new spark and on 41 minutes they claimed a surprise lead, with Chippa’s defence all at sea as they attempted to keep out a relentless attack, and an unfortunate James Okwuosa put the ball into his own net.

The Chilli Boys made a change upfront early in the second half, replacing Moeketsi Sekola with Katlego Mashego. The veteran forward soon proved his worth when he converted from the penalty spot in the 56th minute to draw the teams level at 1-1.

Chippa looked to have the bit between their teeth and began piling pressure on Baroka’s defence, but against the run of play the Polokwane side regained the lead in the 63rd minute when substitute Gift Motupa finished off a rare chance.

The Eastern Cape side looked to go up a gear in what remained of the game, but they struggled to find a way past Baroka’s resilient defence.

And the Limpopo side ensured all three points would come back home with them when Motupa netted his second goal, beating Mhlongo for the second time in the final minute of regulation time to wrap up an impressive 3-1 away win.

Chippa United (0) 1 (Mashego 56’ pen)

Baroka FC (1) 3 (Okwuosa og 40’, Motupa 63’ 90’)

Chippa: Mhlongo, Mvelase, Macheke, Okwuosa, Maphanga, Mabaso, Zuke, Mayambela (Manzini 73’), Lentjies, Masuku (Mako 59’), Sekola (Mashego 52’)

Baroka: Vries, Shaku, Kgoetyane, Ntshangase (Motupa 59’), Banda, Moeti, Chawapihwa, Mothupa, Madubanya, Mdantsane, Nguzana

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Chippa seek second straight league win – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Kurt Lentjies of Chippa United and Augustine Ramphele of Amazulu during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between Chippa United and Amazulu at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on 22 August 2017 © Deryck Foster/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Monday Sep 11, 2017. 08:26

Chippa United will chase a second successive Absa Premiership win when they host Baroka FC at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on 12 September 2017.

Chippa have had a mixed start to the 2017/18 campaign, suffering a narrow 1-0 loss away to Orlando Pirates before bouncing back with a 2-0 home win over AmaZulu in the last round of matches.

Coach Dan Malesela will have been delighted to see his Chilli Boys respond to an opening day defeat in such positive fashion, but equally frustrated that any chance to build immediate momentum was halted by the recent international break.

As for Baroka, it’s been a steady start to the season after securing successive draws. The first was a goalless stalemate away to Polokwane City in their provincial derby, followed by a 1-1 draw at home to Orlando Pirates in which they fought back from a goal down to claim a share of the spoils.

If Kgoloko Thobejane’s troops can claim a win in this clash, then a haul of five points from their first three matches would represent a superb start to the season. However, a defeat would make it three matches without victory and put them amongst the relegation scrap early in the campaign.

In head-to-head stats, Chippa and Baroka have met in just two league matches. Both encounters took place last season (the Limpopo’s first in the top flight of South African football): The Chilli Boys won 4-1 in Polokwane and 2-1 in the return game in the Eastern Cape to pick up a league ‘double’ over Bakgaga.

Chippa’s line-up from their 2-0 win over AmaZulu: Mhlongo, Thopola, Macheke, Okwuosa, Maphanga, Mayambela (Mako 67′), Zuke, Mabaso, Mbokoma, Lentjies (Mdlinzo 85′), Sekola.

Baroka’s line-up from their 1-1 draw with Pirates: Vries, Kgoetyane (Mothupa 16′), Mahashe, Banda, Masenamela, Chawapiwa, Madubanya, Mosele (Mdatsane 45+4′), Kgaswane, Moeti, Motupa (Ntshangase 47′).

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Chippa United defeat AmaZulu – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Kurt Lentjies of Chippa United and Augustine Ramphele of Amazulu during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between Chippa United and Amazulu at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on 22 August 2017 © Deryck Foster/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Aug 22, 2017. 21:33

Chippa United defeated AmaZulu 2-0 in an Absa Premiership match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.

As a result, the Chilli Boys moved to the fourth spot on the league table, while the Chilli Boys dropped down to position seven on the standings.

Usuthu should have grabbed an early goal, but Michael Morton’s header went just over the crossbar a few minutes into the encounter.

The hard-working midfielder then found some space outside the Chippa box in the 26th minute and he forced goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo into a comfortable save.

However, lapse of concentration inside the AmaZulu box in the 38th minute handed the Chilli Boys an opportunity to break the deadlock.

The 2014/15 Absa Premiership Golden Boot winner Moeketsi Sekola made no mistake as he scored from close range to make it 1-0 to Chippa.

The Chilli Boys then pressed for another goal, but they were denied by AmaZulu goalkeeper Boalefa Pule, who produced a good save in the 40th minute.

The home side managed to contain AmaZulu in the remaining minutes of the first-half and the score was 1-0 to Chippa at the interval.

Usuthu defender Simphiwe Mtsweni was booked a few minutes into the second-half as the Chilli Boys pressed AmaZulu in search of their second goal.

AmaZulu were able to launch promising attacks, but they lost possession in the final third without seriously testing Chippa goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo.

The momentum was with Chippa in the dying minutes of the match and they managed to double their lead thanks to Abel Mabaso’s goal.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns defender hit the back of the net to make it 2-0 to Chippa following a good move by Kurt Lentjies in the 81st minute.

Usuthu could not pull one back in the closing stages of the match as Chippa stood firm at the back and they emerged 2-0 winners on the night.

Chippa (1) 2 (Sekola 38′, Mabaso 81′)

AmaZulu (0) 0

Chippa: Mhlongo, Thopola, Macheke, Okwuosa, Maphanga, Mayambela (Mako 67′), Zuke, Mabaso, Mbokoma, Lentjies (Mdlinzo 85′), Sekola.

AmaZulu: Pule, Sikhakhane, Mtsweni, Mngqibisa, Nyongo,Morton, Darpoh, Zungu, Ramphele (Nomvethe 65′), Karuru, Khenyeza.

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Chippa, AmaZulu set for midweek battle – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Musa Nyatama of Orlando Pirates is challenged by Andile Mbenyane of Chippa United during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Chippa United on the 19 August 2017 at Orlando Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Monday Aug 21, 2017. 09:06

Chippa United and AmaZulu will meet for a midweek Absa Premiership battle at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on 22 August 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

Chippa opened their league campaign on a losing note as they went down 1-0 away to Orlando Pirates on Saturday evening. Thamsanqa Gabuza scored the only goal of the game as the Eastern Cape side slumped to a loss on the road.

It’s a feeling the Chilli Boys and coach Dan Malesela are used to, having suffered no less than 10 defeats from their 15 away matches last season. A return to Port Elizabeth this midweek will be very welcome, as they look to turn the NMBS into a fortress.

AmaZulu made a winning return to the top flight after they defeated Free State Stars 1-0 at home this past weekend. A late penalty from Tapelo Nyongo ensured the KwaZulu-Natal side got up and running with an early three pointer.

Coach Cavin Johnson will reiterate the need for discipline as his side heads down the East Coast for what promises to be a challenging clash against a dangerous and unpredictable opponent.

In head-to-head stats, Chippa and AmaZulu have met in just four previous league matches. The Eastern Cape side boasts an unbeaten record, with two victories and two draws – both of the stalemates arrived in home matches for the Chilli Boys, including the teams’ most recent meeting, a 1-1 draw back in March 2015.

That draw in the Eastern Cape followed a 1-0 win for Chippa earlier in the season, ensuring they took four points off Usuthu through the course of the 2014/15 PSL campaign.

Chippa’s line-up from their 1-0 loss to Pirates on 19 August: Mhlongo, Mako, Thopola, Okwuosa, Mdinzo, Zuke, Lentjies (Mabaso 50′), Masuku (Mayambela 67′), Macheke, Sekola, Mbenyane (Mbokoma 55′).

AmaZulu’s line-up from their 1-0 win over Stars on 19 August: Pule, Mtsweni, Ouro-Akoriko, Sikhakhane, Nyongo, Morton, Darpoh, Zungu (Mngqibisa 67′), Karuru, Ramphele (L.Dlamini 79′), Khenyeza.

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Gabuza fires Orlando Pirates past Chippa United – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Thabo Qalinge of Orlando Pirates is challenged by Mako Paseka of Chippa United during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Chippa United on the 19 August 2017 at Orlando Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Aug 19, 2017. 20:20

Orlando Pirates beat Chippa United 1-0 in an Absa Premiership match at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

As a result, the Buccaners started their 2017/18 season with a victory over the Chilli Boys.

United goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo, who was making his debut against his former side, was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the early stages of the game.

The lanky keeper did well to deny Pirates midfielder Mpho Makola seven minutes into the encounter following a good move the hosts.

However, the former South Africa youth international was beaten seven minutes after the half-hour mark by Thamsanqa Gabuza.

Innocent Maela played a good cross into the United box and Gabuza headed past Mhlongo to make it 1-0 to Pirates much to the delight of the home crowd.

It should have been 2-0 to Pirates at half-time, but Musa Nyatama fired over the crossbar in the 43rd minute following a quick counter-attack by Pirates.

Nevertheless, Pirates were leading 1-0 at half-time thanks to current South Africa international Gabuza’s thunderous header.

A relatively quiet second-half followed as the two sides failed to create good goal scoring opportunties in the first 15 minutes.

Moeketsi Sekola, the United striker, tried his luck from range in the 67th minute and his effort sailed over the crossbar.

The Pirates keeper Wayne Sandilands was seriously tested in the 81st minute as the Chilli Boys looked to restore parity.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns shot-stopper made a great block following a good free-kick by United winger Mark Mayambela.

Pirates were able to contain United in the closing stages of the match and they ran out 1-0 winners over the Chilli Boys.

Pirates (1) 1 (Gabuza 37′)

United (0) 0

Pirates: Sandilands, Shitolo, Nyauza, Matlaba, Maela, Mobara, Sangweni, Makola (Sarr 83′), Qalinge, Nyatama (Memela 65′), Gabuza (Ndoro 77′).

United: Mhlongo, Mako, Thopola, Okwuosa, Mdinzo, Zuke, Lentjies (Mabaso 50′), Masuku (Mayambela 67′), Macheke, Sekola, Mbenyane (Mbokoma 55′).

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Steve Komphela satisfied despite Chippa defeat – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela

Staff Reporter

Sunday Aug 06, 2017. 14:00

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela was left satisfied with his teams performance, despite the Amakhosi suffering a 1-0 defeat away to Chippa United in the inaugural Premier’s Cup on Saturday.

Komphela made good use of the fixture to see some of his new signings in action, with the start of the season but a week away.

Chiefs, who take on SuperSport United in their MTN8 opener next weekend, will be desperate to start the 2017-18 campaign on a positive note after last season ended trophyless.

The Glamour Boys will now head back to Naturena, with Komphela spared a few more days to fine-tune his troops before the new season kicks into motion.

“It’s just the beginning and we’re still trying to see other things – there’s a couple of players you want to have a look at and we’re satisfied with the exercise, it gave us a lot of information,” Komphela told the SABC in the aftermath.

“We’re looking a different things. In the first half I thought we had good discipline in defense. It is part of a training exercise where you’re saying, ‘sit in the block, let’s keep positions, don’t allow any forward passes, and how quick do you come out.’

“From that point of view, defensively, I think it looked okay. Even though I thought, when it came to back passes we needed to go through, but we didn’t.

“Second half it got better, but there were a couple of players we were looking and we’re satisfied with the exercise. We can go back [home] with our notes and move on,” Komphela concluded.

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Teboho Moloi: Why I left Chippa United

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Aug 02, 2017. 12:00

Former Chippa United assistant coach Teboho Moloi has shed light on his futile stint at the club, with the former midfielder lasting just over a month in the position.

Moloi, 49, cut short his stay with the Chilli Boys due to him and Dan Malesela not seeing eye-to-eye when it came to his exact role. But, despite the short-lived spell, the former Orlando Pirates assistant coach insists that he and Malesela still boast a healthy relationship.

In an interview with, Moloi explained that to his knowledge there are two type of assistant coaches: he, though, believes he has moved on from learning and should be contributing…


“There’s two types of assistant coaches. There’s the one who is a learning assistant and there is one who is a contributing assistant. I think I have outgrown the stage of being a learning assistant coach,” Moloi told

“I am a contributor, as you saw in the years I spent at Pirates [as assistant coach to Roger de Sa and Eric Tinkler]. You could see I was vocal and active on the bench,”

“My relationship with Dan is still good. I think Dan wants a learning assistant coach, not a contributing assistant. He has his own methodology. We realised that it won’t be effective for the team because at the end of the day he is head coach and he knows what he wants.

“I want to contribute. I am about sharing ideas and we learn from each from having ideas. We need to discuss and see how best we solve problems. We both realised that our methodology is not the same,” Moloi concluded.

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Big spenders Chippa United unveil 11 new signings – ABSA Premiership 2016/17

James Okwuosa of Chippa United challenged by Evans Rusike of Maritzburg United during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Maritzburg United and Chippa United at Harry Gwala Stadium, Pietermaritzburg South Africa on 29 Nomvember 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Jul 25, 2017. 15:00

Chippa United have announced 11 new signings as they get ready for their 2017/18 Premier Soccer League campaign in South Africa.

Coach Dan Malesela and his technical team will want to lead the side to a decent finish as they survived the relegation axe in their last term.

In a statement on their Twitter page, the Chilli Boys have signed Nigerian defender James Okwuosa from Orlando Pirates whilst they also unveiled players such as Kurt Lentjies from Maritzburg United.

On the other hand, Highlands Park striker Moeketsi Sekola joins on loan as well as Mamelodi Sundowns’ Samuel Julies.

Among the new faces is Phetso Maphanga, Stanley Makgoka, Xolani Maholo from the MultiChoice Diski Challenge side and Zitha Macheke.

Meanwhile, former Platinum Stars winger Mahlatse Makudubela has also joined the Port Elizabeth-based outfit on loan from the Sea Robbers.

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