Chippa and Sundowns share the points
Posted: 14 February 2017 Time: 18:37
Wayne Arendse scored one and gave away another as Mamelodi Sundowns had to settle for a point as Tuesday's Sisa Dukashe Stadium encounter against Chippa United finished 1-1.
The ragged pitch in the popular township of Mdantsane made playing conditions difficult for both sets of players, with a number of passes and touches going astray in the opening stages.
There was nothing wrong with Arendse's control, though, as the captain opened the scoring after 18 minutes, peeling away at the far-post before bringing down Teko Modise's free-kick and passing the ball across Daniel Akpeyi and into the back of the net.
With just over 35 minutes gone, Chippa were handed a way back into the game as the referee pointed to the spot after controversially adjudging Arendse to have taken out the legs of Buyani Sali inside the area, and Rhulani Manzini made no mistake to step up and hammer home the resulting penalty.
Both sides continued to go in search of more goals after the restart, although Modise seemed to have forgotten his shooting boots after twice lashing shots wildly over the crossbar.
It was then Chippa's turn to threaten as Manzini rose highest to meet a delivery in the area, although he could only direct his header against the back of the jumping defender, with the ball deflecting behind.
Leonardo Castro looked destined to put Sundowns back in front with 15 minutes remaining, faking his shot and turning in the box to lose his man, only to see his shot blocked away, with Modise unable to put the rebound back in the danger area.
The Colombian forward again had a golden chance to give the visitors the lead after receiving the ball just a few yards out with only the goalkeeper to beat, but he opted to go for placement but could only send the ball right into the gloves of the grateful Akpeyi.
It was Chippa who almost snatched it at the death as substitute Linda Shiba managed to skip past his marker before unleashing at goal, but his shot was excellently turned away by Wayne Sandilands.
HOME: Chippa United
Coach: Dan Malesela
AWAY: Mamelodi Sundowns
Coach: Pitso Mosimane