Hunt off to winning start at Chippa


Gavin Hunt made a winning start at Chippa United, who overcame new boys Sekhukhune United 1-0 in their DStv Premiership opener on Saturday afternoon.

An experienced stall from Sekhukhune saw goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini, Cheslyn Jampies and Willard Katsande starting against Chippa, who gave journeyman Mogakolodi Ngele amongst others a debut.

Chippa bagged the lead on 16 minutes after Vuluyeke Zulu guided a corner-kick from Thabiso Lebitso past Kapini as the host struggled to clear their lines.

Sekhukhune almost allowed a second soon thereafter from a delivery into the area by Ngele, but debutant Sammy Seabi headed the supply wide of the intended target.

The Chilli Boys began to breathe heavily albeit slightly and as such nearly saw Katsande drew matters level from a delivery to the back-post by former Baroka FC man Tshediso Patjie.

Sekhukhune looked to apply more pressure shortly before the break and watched a strike from Patjie parried away by goalkeeper Ismail Watenga.

Babina Noko enjoyed more forward play following the start of the second half, but still struggled to crack through Chippa who brought Kurt Lenjties off the bench in place of Bienvenu Eva Nga.

Chippa came inches close to seal the contest inside the last 20 minutes through Sizwe Mdlinzo, but he volleyed Lebitso’s pin-point cross from the right-side over the top.

The Tembisa outfit applied relentless pressure on the visitors late on in the clash with shots from promising areas by Nkanyiso Madonsela and Patjie.

Chippa looked to secure a second from a free-kick by Ngele in the last seconds, but he went over thus it finished 1-0.

Confirmed line-ups:

Sekhukhune: Kapini, De Jongh, Jampies, Motsepe, Gyimah, Katsande, Patjie, Maart, Mncube, Rakhale, Shai.

Subs: Dlamini, Matona, Chabalala, Mbonani, Madonsela, Leepile, Sithole, Mashumba, Nxumalo.

Chippa: Watenga, Mdunyelwa, Hanamub, Pietersen, Seabi, Mokhele, Mdlinzo, Zulu, Eva Nga, Lebitso, Ngele.

Subs: Mtshali, Maloisane, Jodwana, Matrose, Mkhize, Lentjies, Dinge.

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