Chippa United clinched their Absa Premiership survival, moving them further away from the relegation zone and heading to the final fixture of the league. This, after yesterday’s sensational 3-0 victory over Supersport United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
A hat-trick coming from Rhuleni Manzini who came on during the second-half of the game proved the difference to lift the Chilli boys out of the relegation zone with just one game remaining.
The Chilli boys dominated possession within the early stages of the game when Xolani Mdaki’s attempt at goal was blocked with only 12 minutes in. Supersport came close to opening the score board through a break by Mandla Masango only to have his goal-bound effort turned away by Chippa United goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.
Six minutes before the break, Chippa thought they had drawn first blood as Mbokoma’s effort was flagged offside. Chippa United came close to taking the lead again after 55 minutes when a shot on target was blocked by Ronwen Williams to deny Mbokoma the opener.
The boys from Matsatsantsa were given possession after a mistake by keeper Akpeyi, but Thabo Mnyamane failed to capitalize sending his chip way over the crossbar.
The Chilli boys finally got a breakthrough 19 minutes from time when Keagan Ricthie conceded a penalty, picking up his second yellow card and shown his marching orders. Manzini stepped up to the task sending the goalkeeper the wrong way and snatched the opener.
With just ten men on the field, Supersport United were left vulnerable as the Chilli boys continued to apply pressure. Manzini, with a great header, sent home his second goal from Andile Mbenyane’s cross with just seven minutes remaining on the clock. Second half injury time saw the home fans on their feet and celebrating once again as Manzini secured his hat-trick from a 23 meter long range shot that saw the Chilli boys grab all three points.
On the log standing the win resulted Chippa United being at 13th position with 27 points with just one more fixture left against Free State Stars on the 27th of May.