SuperSport United missed out on a fourth win in a row when they were held to a 2-2 draw by Chippa United in their DSTV Premiership clash on Wednesday.
It was Dan Malesela’s first game in charge at Chippa, and he will be happy with the point all things considered.
Mduduzi Sibeko almost scored an own goal in just the second minute, but fortunately for Chippa, his header hit the upright and bounced back into play.
SuperSport threatened to score a number of times, as the Chippa defence started a bit shaky, but fortunately Ayanda Mtshali was able to pull off a few good saves to deny Gamphani Lungu and Bradley Grobler, amongst others.
And as the game wore on, Chippa began to find their feet, but it took 38 minutes for Chippa to get their first shot on target, but it proved lethal.
Veteran Andile Mbenyane, in his first start of the season, opened the scoring, tapping in after an initial shot by Maloisane Mokhele was saved from Ronwen Williams.
At halftime, despite the SuperSport onslaught, it was Malesela’s team that held the lead.
SuperSport started the second half much like they did the first, and they were rewarded in the 49th minute when Grobler expertly headed in the equaliser, his 8th goal of the season. Grobler got to the end of a ball in from Sipho Mbule, and his glancing header looped over Mtshali.
The home team piled on the pressure as they created numerous chances, Mtshali having to be alert to deny Grobler in a one-on-one in the 57th minute.
The pressure finally relented and SuperSport found the net in the 82nd when Thamsanqa Gabuza headed in superbly from a Jamie Webber corner.
But it was a short-lived lead as Mokhele blasted in from close range to find the equaliser.