Champions in style, Chippa survive
Posted: 9 May 2015 Time: 05:12 pm
New Absa Premiership champions Kaizer Chiefs finished their season in style following a 2-0 win against Chippa United in Port Elizabeth, but the Chilli Boys still managed to avoid the drop.
Mandla Masango and Willard Katsande netted for Amakhosi, but AmaZulu’s defeat at home to Maritzburg United means Chippa survive for another season.
Chiefs had a few opening salvos, with the likes of Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Siphiwe Tshabalala shooting off target from long range in the early minutes.
However, the first clear chance went the way of Chippa when they gave William Twala a sight of goal in the 13th minute, only for the winger to see his low shot well saved by the legs of goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo.
Amakhosi shrugged off the chance at the other end and soon claimed the opening goal. Bernard Parker provided an in-swinging cross from the left channel and Masango got ahead of his marker before steering a header into the net.
Just over 10 minutes later the Soweto giants doubled their advantage. A cleverly-worked set-piece saw Masango turn provider as his cross picked out the unmarked Katsande at the back-post and the midfielder gleefully turned home his volley.
Chippa opted for a double change at the start of the second half, with George Akpabio and Buyani Sali coming on for Siyabulela Shai and Gert Barends.
The hosts immediately looked far more potent and Akpabio was unlucky to see a goal disallowed for an incorrect offside call in the 51st minute.
The Chilli Boys continued to dominate the champions in the second half, but the Amakhosi’s defence – as it has done for almost the whole season – stood firm and gave nothing away to see them to yet another three-point haul.
They had a scare when Chippa were awarded a penalty late on, but Mhlengi Cele’s spot-kick hit the outside the post and bounced away to safety.
Chiefs end the season with 69 points and 21 wins under their belt – both new records for a 16-team PSL season.
HOME: Chippa United
Coach: Eddie Dyaloyi
Formation: four four one one
AWAY: Kaizer Chiefs
Coach: Stuart Baxter
Formation: four four two