Chippa settle for a point against Baroka

Brighton Mhlongo (Gallo Images)
Brighton Mhlongo (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Baroka FC and Chippa United shared the spoils in an evenly-balanced 0-0 Absa Premiership draw at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Chippa dominated first half possession, playing some enterprising football, but despite a couple of decent chances, they didn't came close to scoring.

The second half saw Baroka gradually taking control of the game and they had several chances in the closing minutes, although Chippa also remained in the game right up to the final whistle and had opportunities of their own.

Chippa 'keeper Brighton Mhlongo was first into the action, showing good agility to tip Matome Kgoetyane's speculative left-footer over the goal.

Mark Mayambela had Chippa's first chance, in the 15th minute, but from 25-yards out his low drive was comfortably saved by Baroka 'keeper Ayanda Dlamini.

There was another opportunity for the Chilli Boys 10 minute later, but after a neat build-up, Linda Mntambo side-footed wide with the goal at his mercy.

The home side had another attempt on goal when Mpho Kgaswane miscued a volley, but Chippa remained on top and had a chance in the 35th minute when Kurt Lentjies failed to hit the target from a tight angle after Mayambela's brilliance had opened up the Bakgaga defence.

Both teams struggled to find penetration after the break and it took until the 70th minute for chances to arrive as Baroka had three efforts in quick succession as Abdi Banda and Khutso Mohwatseleng missed with a header and a shot before Robin Ngalande fired over the bar from inside the box.

At the other end, James Okwuosa went close with a free-kick before Andile Mbenyane nearly snatched victory for the Chilli Boys in the 86th minute when his free-kick was tipped onto the woodwork by Dlamini.

There was a replica two minutes later when Chippa 'keeper Mhlongo did superbly to keep out Kgaswane's free kick, the final moments of the match playing out without any further chances, and a draw a fair reflection of the game.

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