Chippa, Aces share spoils

It was a night of end to end action and four goals to speak off as Chippa United and Mpumalanga Black Aces ended 2-2 in their Absa Premiership tie in Port Elizabeth.

Mpho Mvelase and Thami Sangweni netted for the hosts while Tendai Ndoro and Aubrey Ngoma scored for Aces.

Chippa remain in third place with 21 points and Aces are in position eight.

Chippa United hosted Black Aces buoyed by the fact that three of their players – David Zulu, Thami Sangweni and Chris Komane - starred in Bafana Bafana’s 2-0 win over Ivory Coast on the weekend.

Chippa got off to a perfect start when Mpho Mvelase slotted home in the 5th minute following Andile Mbenyane’s supply.

The goal spurred Aces into action and after 11 minutes Aubrey Ngoma hit the post followed by Onyekachi Okonkwo and Collins Mbesuma half chances.

Then Tshidiso Tukane was hacked down just outside the box in the 20th minute and Ngoma stepped up to take the free kick, but it flew just over the bar.

A few minutes later and Ngoma's corner was punched away by Mzimela and Tendani Ndoro missed a sitter and really should have equalized for Aces.

Just after the half hour marl Aces came close to their equalizer when Eddie Ngalo got above the Chippa defence but his forceful header went just wide of target.

In the 43rd minute Tendai Ndoro took an effort at goal and Mbongeni Mzimela parried the ball away and into safety.

Ten minutes into the second half and Aces drew level when Tendai Ndoro slotted home following good play by Okonkwo in midfield.

When Chris Komane gave away a free kick on substitute Miguel Timm in the 71st minute, Tendai Ndoro took the direct free kick only to see Mbongeni Mzimela hold on.

But then Aces’ second goal came when Tukane was fouled and jumped up quickly to pass to Ngoma who did the rest of the work and netted with his left boot.

But it was not game over and Chippa’s Bafana international Thamsanqa Sangweni grabbed an equalizer with a tidy right foot finish to bring the scoreline level thanks to some good work by James Okwuosa.

Chippa United (1) 2 (Mvelase 5’ Sangweni 86’)

Mpumalanga Black Aces (0) 2 (Ndoro 55’ Ngoma 73’)

Teams:

Chippa United: Mzimela, Barends (Cele 79’), Mvelase (Uzochukwu 55’), Moholo, Sangweni, Okwuosa, Mbenyane, D Zulu (L Khune 75’), Akpabio, Sambu, Komane

Black Aces: Mabokgwane, Mampuru, Nonyane (Nengomasha 77’), Gyimah, Gumede, Ngalo, Tukane, Okonkwo (Timm 63’), Mbesuma, Ngoma, Ndoro (Khuboni 90’)