Dikwena, Chilli Boys in goalless draw

Platinum Stars and Chippa United played out a goalless draw at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Wednesday in their penultimate Absa Premiership match of 2014.

Both Dikwena and the Chilli Boys were guilty of some poor finishing on the night and they will need to improve for their final games before the festive season break against Free State Stars and SuperSport United respectively.

Chances were few and far between in the first half, but Stars had two good opportunities which they wasted. The first arrived for Tintswalo Tshabalala in the 11th minute when he was beautifully teed up inside the penalty area, but he blazed a left-footed shot high over the target.

Just before the half hour mark Mahlatsi Makudubela did great work down the left flank before chipping a teasing cross for Mogakolodi Ngele, who headed an effort back across goal that missed wide of Mbongeni Mzimela’s right-hand post.

Chippa’s only notable moment in attack in the first half was a free kick from Thamsanqa Sangweni that was comfortably saved by Kabelo Dambe, but they created two great chances in the opening minutes of the second stanza.

Both went the way of Mhlengi Cele, who was twice perfectly teed up by crosses from George Akpabio. On the first occasion he was denied at close range by Dambe, while the second he inexplicably headed wide of the target. Cele paid the price for his misses, as he was replaced by striker David Zulu on the hour mark.

The Chilli Boys were just inches away from opening the scoring in the 70th minute – a beautifully struck free kick from Sangweni had the beating of Dambe, but not the crossbar, leaving the visitors frustrated once again.

Stars hit the crossbar in the 83rd minute through Makudubela, who latched onto a poor punch from Mzimela before lobbing the ball goal-wards only to be denied by the woodwork, though defender Eric Chipeta was well positioned on the line to head clear had he needed to.

And the hosts were unlucky to be denied a winning goal in injury time when Eleazar Rodgers’ header from a corner kick was cleared off the line by Manti Moholo – television replays suggested the ball had crossed the line.

Platinum Stars 0

Chippa United 0

Teams:

Platinum Stars: Dambe, Mabula, Gumede, Sithole, Mpeta, Khumalo (Manzini 80’), Mathe, Makudubela, Ngele, Tshabalala (Nyanda 66’), Rodgers

Chippa United: Mzimela, Chipeta, Komane, Okwuosa, Barends, Moholo, Cele (D. Zulu 60’), Sangweni, Mbenyane (Nene 90+1’), Twala (Ntshingila 77’), Akpabio