Chippa beat AmaZulu to secure playoff spot

Chippa United secured their place in the Absa Premiership promotion playoffs when they came back from a goal down to beat AmaZulu at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Usuthu took an early lead through Bongani Ndulula, but the Cape-based side replied after the break through two well-taken penalties from substitute Brent Carelse.

The opening goal arrived in the fourth minute when Njabulo Manqana burst into the box from the left before forcing a low save from Tashrique Goldman; Issa Sarr then tried to clear the lines, but Ndulula was able to deflect the ball into the net.

Two minutes later the visitors had a chance to draw level when they were awarded a freekick in a good area when Welcome Qalanto was brought down by Khulegani Madondo, but Msekeli Mvalo curled his effort just over the crossbar.

The Chilli Boys had another opportunity from another setpiece in the 17th minute but Mbulelo Mabizela directed his header over the crossbar after connecting with a delivery from Tshepo Tomanyane.

Manqana continued to cause problems on the left for the away side and in the 31st minute he collected a loose ball inside the penalty area before firing a low effort towards the target, but this time Goldman was able to hold on to the ball.

Six minutes later Thokozani Mshengu raced into the box from the right before unleashing a powerful right-footed shot, but his strike flew over the crossbar as Usuthu took the 1-0 lead into the break.

However, the hosts came back into the match three minutes into the second half when they were awarded a penalty as William Twala was brought down by Philani Cele on the left side of the box.

Carelse, who had come on for Welcome Qalanto at halftime, stepped up to take the spotkick and calmly slotted the ball into the bottom right corner, sending Tapuwa Kapini the wrong way.

Then on the hour mark Usuthu came close to restoring their lead from a corner routine which saw Tamsanqa Teyise nodding the ball down towards Andile Khumalo, but his effort was well-held by Goldman.

Khumalo came close again in the 64th minute when he collected a pass from Manqana on the turn just outside the box before unleashing a powerful strike, but his effort drifted wide of the upright.

The visitors were then awarded another penalty in the 75th minute as Goodman Dlamini was adjudged to have fouled Mkhanyiseli Siwahla in the centre of the box.

Carelse took the responsibility again and tucked the ball a past a diving Kapini to and into the bottom right corner of the net to hand to secure maximum points for his side.

AmaZulu end the season in 12th place with 32 points, while Chippa also keep their position in 15th place with 28 points.

AmaZulu (1) 1 (Ndulula 4’)

Chippa United (0) 2 (Carelse pen 49’ 75’)

Teams:

AmaZulu: Kapini, Cele P (Senamela 85’), Cele N, Nyadombo, Teyise, Madondo, Manqana, Mshengu, Dlamini G, Tshabangu (Khumalo 22’), Ndulula (Dlamini A 54’)

Chippa United: Goldman, Ntombayithethi, Mabizela, Mvalo, Tomanyane, Sarr (Sali 37’), Twala, Mbekile, Ntshingila (Siwahla 61’), Mwaruwari, Qalanto (Carelse 46’)