Mbesuma downs Chippa
Posted: 30 January 2016 Time: 19:42
Golden Boot frontrunner Collins Mbesuma scored for Mpumalanga Black Aces in a 1-0 win over Chippa United in Nelspruit on Saturday night.
Mbesuma netted his 11th league goal of the season just after the interval at Mbombela Stadium.
Daine Klate, Thobani Mncwango and Andrea Fileccia are joint-second on the scoring charts, although the latter looks to be out of the reckoning with a long-term injury.
The victory lifted AmaZayoni above Bidvest Wits to second place on the Absa Premiership table, three points behind Mamelodi Sundowns after 16 games.
The Chilli Boys are sixth in the standings.
Aces almost claimed an early lead, with Mbesuma seeing his diving header crash back off the crossbar after a lovely cross from Bryce Moon in the seventh minute.
On 27 minutes the hosts saw another fine scoring chance wasted when Mbesuma’s perfectly-weighted lob put Aubrey Modiba through on goal, but the midfielder blasted his shot off target under pressure from Chippa goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.
By this stage Chippa had found their feet in the game, but they were also guilty of missing scoring chances, with Andile Mbenyane shooting straight at Shu-Aib Walters before Joseph Malongoane put an effort wide of the target with only the ‘keeper to beat.
The Chilli Boys’ best chance arrived a few minutes before the break when Walters saw a pass from his own penalty area intercepted by Chippa’s forwards, but the opportunity was spurned by Mbenyane.
It took Aces less than two minutes of the second half to break the deadlock, with Vincent Kobola providing a low cross from the right which was easily turned home by Mbesuma.
On 53 minutes AmaZayoni almost doubled their advantage, with Lehlohonolo Nonyane rattling the frame of the goal with his shot direct from a free-kick.
Chippa made a couple of attacking substitutions in an effort to get themselves back in the game, with the likes of Lerato Chabangu and Rhulani Manzini entering the fray to boost their attack.
Eric Chipeta almost brought them level with a header on target in the 77th minute, but he was denied by an excellent save from Walters. That proved to be the last clear scoring chance of the game, with Aces able to hold out for the victory.
HOME: Mpumalanga Black Aces
Coach: Muhsin Ertugral
AWAY: Chippa United
Coach: Dan Malesela