Absa Premiership match report Chippa United v Bloemfontein Celtic 24 September 2017
Posted: 24 September 2017 Time: 13:41
Bloemfontein Celtic held Chippa United to their third consecutive Absa Premiership draw at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday.
Chippa dominated the early possession, but there was not much in the way of chances for either side in the opening phase of the game.
Kurt Lentjies played a lovely ball into the box in the 28th minute, spotting the run of Mpho Mvelase. However, Mvelase waited too long to get his shot away and the opportunity went to waste.
Tshegofatso Mabasa picked up the first booking of the game in the 33rd minute for a late challenge on Sandile Zuke.
Chippa became increasingly dominant as the first half progressed and came close in the 39th minute, when a Moeketsi Sekola header from a Lentjies corner clattered against the crossbar.
However, they were unable to break the deadlock and the teams went into the break at 0-0.
A minute into the second half, Zuke became the first Chippa player in referee Chris Harrison’s book after a foul on Victor Letsoalo.
Shortly afterwards, Mabasa became the first player to make way as Veselin Jelušić took him off for Roggert Nyundu in the 50th minute.
Teboho Moloi made his first change four minutes later, bringing Zaphania Mbokoma on for Mvelase.
By this stage, Celtic were looking far more comfortable and Daniel Akpeyi had a few saves to make at the beginning of the half — albeit relatively simple ones.
However, in the 60th minute, Chippa went close from another set piece as a Lentjies delivery into the box from a free-kick found James Okwuosa — who headed wide of the target.
Three minutes later, the pair linked up again as Okwuosa’s ball over the top found Lentjies, who fired across the face of goal and just wide of the far post.
Surprisingly, that was to be Lentjies’s last involvement as he was substituted for Menzi Masuku.
Wandisile Letlabika was booked right afterwards for a foul and Celtic’s momentum appeared to have deserted them.
However, in the 74th minute, Letlabika was the victim of a clumsy challenge from Masuku and the Chippa substitute was also booked.
Two minutes later, Sizwe Mdlinzo went down in the penalty area claiming a foul from Alfred Ndengane. However, Harrison was unmoved and booked him for diving.
In the 87th minute, Lerato Manzini came agonisingly close to opening the scoring, hitting the upright from just outside the box.
Patrick Tignyemb made a stunning save a minute later to deny a close-range Mdlinzo header.
Lantshene Phalane was unnecessarily booked in the fourth minute of stoppage time, picking up a suspension.
However, Celtic held on for the draw, leaving Moloi winless in three games since taking over from Dan Malesela.
HOME: Chippa United
Coach: Tebogo Moloi
AWAY: Bloemfontein Celtic
Coach: Veselin Jelusic