Chippa Lose To Baroka, Celtic & Swallows Draw
Bloemfontein Celtic and Swallows had to settle for a 1-1 draw, while Baroka beat Chippa United 1-0 as two DStv Premiership matches were played on Tuesday.
Chippa United 0-1 Baroka
Baroka brought Nedbank Cup finalists Chippa United back to the reality of their league struggles, as they beat Chippa 1-0 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
The victory sees Baroka move into 8th spot, while Chippa remain in 15th spot.
Gregory Damons had a good opportunity in the 10th minute, but Denwin Farmer, playing in his home town, made an excellent block to deny the Chippa midfielder.
Baroka were dealt a blow when captain Vusi Sibiya went off injured in the 14th minute, Joslin Kamatuka replacing him. Richard Mbulu had Baroka’s first real chance in the 21st minute, but his attempt at a bicycle kick was off target.
Two minutes later Bienvenu Eva Nga tested Oscarine Masuluke with a long range effort, and the Baroka goalkeeper was up to the task as he made a comfortable save. Masuluke made another save on the half hour mark, this time denying Riaan Hanamub’s attempt from a free kick.
Rashid Watenga made a good save at the feet of Kgodiso Monama in the 35th minute.
However a disastrous error from Watenga in the 41st minute gifted Baroka the lead, as the Ugandan goalkeeper tried to play out from the back, but instead his pass found an industrious Goodman Mosele, who took full use of the opportunity to make it 1-0 to the visitors.
The home team came out in the second half pushing for an equaliser. Augustine Kwem’s effort in the 60th minute looked on target, but the ball continued rising and flew over the goal.
Meanwhile Watenga was almost in more trouble, when in the 68th minute, he made a tackle on Kamatuka, just outside the area. He was a bit fortunate to only get a yellow card.
Damons could have equalised for Chippa in the 73rd minute, but his first time volley flew into the side-netting.
Frederic Nsabiyumva had a good final chance for Chippa just before the whistle, but his header sailed wide of goal.
Bloemfontein Celtic 1-1 Swallows
Bloem Celtic missed a chance to move into the top eight as they drew 1-1 with Swallows at the Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Victory would’ve taken Celtic above Baroka and into the top eight, instead they find themselves in 11th, one place lower than where they started the day. Swallows remain fifth.
Ndumiso Mabena had a chance for Celtic in the 9th minute, after some good build-up play by Celtic, but his chance flew wide and high. A minute later the Celtic captain had another chance, but again it was off target.
Kgaogelo Sekgota’s cross-come-shot in the 17th minute was well read by Tshepo Chaine, who plucked it from the air and away from any danger.
Unfortunately Mabena became an early casualty, as he had to go off injured with a thigh issue, Harris Tchilimbou replacing him.
There wasn’t much to speak about as far as chances went in the opening half, with a lot of action in the centre of the park, but not much in the goalmouths.
There was finally a shot on target for Swallows, in the 44th minute, as Ruzaigh Gamildien tried a long range effort, but it lacked power and Chaine caught it comfortably.
Celtic had a chance of their own too, probably the best of the half, just before the break, but Tchilimbou, who wasn’t really in control of his goal-bound effort from his chest, was denied by an off the line clearance from Njabulo Ngcobo. Goalless at halftime.
Swallows took the lead in the 55th minute, when for the second game in a row, a goalkeeper error lead to the opener. Sekgota found himself in the right place at the right time, as Chaine’s attempted pass went straight to the Swallows man in the box, and he made no mistake. 1-0
Celtic were level in the 60th minute, Neo Maema’s effort from the edge of the area, took a deflection off Wandisile Letlabika and beat Virgil Vries. 1-1
Victor Letsoalo almost took advantage of a defensive slip in the 68th minute, but he was unable to keep his shot down, and it went just over.
Maema was inches from having a second when his great long range effort beat Vries, but struck the upright, and bounced back into play. Lucky Baloyi followed up and this time Vries made an excellent save to deny Celtic the lead.
Reagan van der Ross had a chance for Celtic in the 86th minute, but the Celtic substitute’s effort flew wide of the goal.
Bantu Mzwakali missing a glorious chance in stoppage time to win it for Swallows, but in the end neither team could find the winner, and the points were shared.