Chippa On Verge Of Securing Status
Barring anything arising from legal matters, Chippa United look to have secured their DStv Premiership status after drawing 1-1 with Richards Bay in the PSL promotion/relegation playoff game played at the Umhlathuze Sports Complex on Saturday.
With Royal AM having already forfeited two matches as they boycott the playoffs, the results of the final two games, both involving AM, and which are likely to also not be honoured by Shauwn Mkhize’s team, means today’s match decided the outcome.
Richards Bay 1-1 Chippa United
It was a bright start from the home team, who had finished third in the GladAfrica Championship, though had led the second tier for large parts of the season. They showed promise in their build-up play, but weren’t threatening in the final third.
But there were no clear cut chances in the opening half for either side, with the best chance of the half falling to Chippa’s Bienvenu Eva Nga on the 45th minute mark, but Malcolm Jacobs was able to save his long range attempt.
At half-time it remained goalless, but it was almost Richards Bay who took the lead a minute into the second half but Rashid Watenga made a great save to deny Siyabonga Vilane.
Chippa made it 1-0 in the 56th minute as Peter Maloisane made no mistake after being delightfully set up by Maloisane Mokhele.
Khanyisa Mayo’s effort in the 64th minute, was easily saved by Watenga, while in the 71st minute Katlego Maphathe shot over. A minute later another chance fell to Maphathe but Watenga made the save.
And all that pressure finally paid off as Vilane headed Richards Bay level in the 73rd minute.
Augustine Kwem, who is TS Galaxy-bound could’ve wrapped up the result for Chippa in the 86th minute, but after making a good turn, he shot wide.
Vilane had chances for Bay in stoppage time, but first his header went wide of goal, while a later shot was blocked by the Chippa defence.
In the end, the draw was enough as Chippa move onto seven points in the group, and with two games remaining, if Royal AM’s walkovers are upheld, they cannot be caught.