Dikwena, Chippa in stalemate
Posted: 17 December 2014 Time: 21:27
Chippa United held Platinum Stars to a goalless draw in an Absa Premiership match at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Wednesday evening.
It is a second successive 0-0 draw for Dikwena, while the Chilli Boys’ winless streak has been extended to four League games.
Chances were few and far between in the first half, but Stars had two good opportunities which they wasted. The first arrived for Tintswalo Tshabalala in the 11th minute when he was beautifully teed up inside the penalty area, but he blazed a left-footed shot high over the target.
Just before the half-hour mark Mahlatsi Makudubela did great work down the left flank before chipping a teasing cross for Mogakolodi Ngele, who headed an effort back across goal that went wide of Mbongeni Mzimela’s right-hand post.
Chippa’s only notable moment in attack in the first half was a free-kick from Thamsanqa Sangweni that was comfortably saved by Kabelo Dambe, but they created two great chances in the opening minutes of the second stanza.
Both went the way of Mhlengi Cele, who was twice perfectly teed up by crosses from George Akpabio. On the first occasion he was denied at close range by Dambe, while the second he inexplicably headed wide of the target.
The Chilli Boys were just inches away from opening the scoring in the 70th minute – a beautifully struck free-kick from Sangweni had the beating of Dambe, but not the crossbar, leaving the visitors frustrated once again.
Stars hit the crossbar in the 83rd minute through Makudubela, who latched onto a poor punch from Mzimela before lobbing the ball goal-wards, only to be denied by the woodwork, though defender Eric Chipeta was well positioned on the line to head clear had he needed to.
And the hosts were unlucky to be denied a winning goal in injury time when Eleazar Rodgers’ header from a corner kick was cleared off the line by Manti Moholo – television replays suggested the ball had crossed the line.
HOME: Platinum Stars
Coach: Allan Freese
Formation: four two three one
AWAY: Chippa United
Coach: Roger Sikhakhane
Formation: four four two