Chiefs beat Chippa in 6-goal thriller
Posted: 20 July 2014 Time: 05:54 pm
Chippa United welcomed themselves as well as Kaizer Chiefs to their new home in Port Elizabeth through a pre-season friendly, in which Amakhosi came out 4-2 victors.
The match got off to a flying start as two goals in quick succession came from Andile Mbenyane and Kingston Nkatha in the opening 10 minutes.
Nkatha then assisted through winning a penalty for Chiefs after being brought down just inside the Chippa box, which Siphiwe Tshabalala cooly slotted home to give them a 2-1 lead.
Chippa passed the ball around with confidence and were causing all sorts of nightmares for the Chiefs defence, and it finally paid dividends as Siyabonga Zulu slotted beyond Itumeleng Khune after a good, low cross in from the right wing got the beating of Tefu Mashamaite and Morgon Gould.
The two sides went into the break, after an action-filled 45 minutes, deadlocked at two goals a piece.
At the break, Amakhosi and The Chilli Boys wasted no time in bringing on fresh legs and trying out new combinations, with a total of 10 subs being made, which saw Siphelele Mthembu being introduced for the first time since joining from Platinum Stars.
The second half got underway at much the same pace as the first due to the large number of subs, but it was Chiefs who made most of it by adding another two goals to the scoreline thanks to a Mashamaite header and a George Maluleka rocket in the dying seconds of the match.
Overall it was an exciting pre-season friendly which attracted a PE-crowd of 25 000-plus, who were far from starved of goals and entertainment.
Kosta Papic’s men put up a good fight in the first half, but ultimately the Glamour Boys’ depth in their squad allowed them to push for a deserved 4-2 victory over the PSL-returnees, and Baxter got a good look at his squad ahead of the much anticipated Carling Black Label Cup Derby next weekend.