Dikwena keep up pressure on Chiefs
Posted: 1 May 2013 Time: 21:34
Platinum Stars kept their League title hopes alive with a late win over Maritzburg United.
Dikwena scored twice in the final seven minutes to keep the heat on Amakhosi.
Stars have now closed the gap at the top of the table to three points with two matches remaining, though Chiefs do have a vastly superior goal-difference.
Robert Ng’ambi and Thuso Phala were on target for Stars, who were good value for the win.
The home side made the better start as Henrico Botes and Tintswalo Tshabalala had efforts on goal that went wide.
The opening period was a tight affair, devoid of clear-cut chances, but Dillon Sheppard created two scoring opportunities for himself that were both saved by home goalkeeper Kabelo Dambe.
Orlando Smeekes fired over when well-placed for Maritzburg, while Heinrich Isaacks again forced a good save from Dambe.
The deadlock was finally broken on 83 minutes, when the ever-dependable Malawian international Ng’ambi picked up the ball in the penalty area and showed great composure to fire home.
As Maritzburg pushed forward for an equaliser it was inevitable they would leave gaps at the back, and Phala used his pace to exploit these to add a second.
After being put into space by Lindokuhle Mbatha, the Bafana Bafana star fired the ball low into the back of the net to seal the win.