Chippa hold Sundowns to a stalemate in PE

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After a rather quiet first half for both goalkeepers in the match, with no shots on target the match got to life in the second half.

Sundowns dominated ball possession and looked threatening going forward, but Chippa defence dealt with both the passing game and high balls.

In the second half, Sundowns technical team opted for pace going forward. They introduced Thapelo Morena, Gaston Sirino and Kermit Erasmus for Khuliso Mudau, Neo Maema and Aubrey Modiba.

On the other side Chippa United introduced Siphesihle Mkhize for injured Sammy Seabi and Eva Nga for Vuyolwethu Dinge.

The match started to open up as Sundowns started knocking the ball around and Rashid Watenga made the first save of the match in 49th minute from a Peter Shalulile header.

Enjoying much possession, the visitors started causing problems for Chippa, with Sirino, Pavlo Safranko and Erasmus testing Watenga.

The Chippa shotstopper kept his side in the match with some comfortable saves and was the busiest of the two keepers.

The Chilli Boys looked comfortable with the scoreline at 0-0, while Sundowns introduced Sibusiso Vilakazi for Hashim Domingo, with five minutes to go.

With three minutes to play Gavin Hunt brought on Peter Maloisane for Mogalakodi Ngele, as they tried to keep more of the ball and close down the vicious attack from Sundowns.

Sundowns opted for route one, looking for Safranko upfront but Watenga and his defence dealt with the danger.

Chippa players looked for ways to wind down the clock, with Hunt clearly instructung them to waste more time.

At the end there was nothing separating the two sides as they settled for a point each, with the home side content with share of spoils.

By Wonga Sirayi

FARPost’s KZN Reporter