Chippa and Maritzburg share spoils

A goal by substitute Terrance Mandaza cancelled out George Akpabio’s strike as Maritzburg United left Chippa United with a share of the spoils in their Absa Premiership clash.

In the first half, Nigerian forward Akpabio gave Chippa the lead after an assist by Gert Barends in the 36th minute.

Maritzburg had to wait until the 79th for Mandaza to rescue the game and earn a point for his side.

Chippa have an early scoring chance at goal when George Akpabio put a header wide of the target following a cross by Siyabulela Shai in the 3rd minute.

A few minutes later and the attacking intents of Shai were at it again when he took a shot at goal, but could not get the right power or direction behind the ball.

For the first half an hour of the game, the exchanges lacked quality and there were few genuine scoring chances created as both teams took to a physical approach.

It was only in the 28th minute that a half chance was created, but even then Maritzburg midfielder Nhlanhla Vilakazi missed the target when he should have done better.

Then with six minutes to go until the halftime break Chippa took the lead when Nigerian striker George Akpabio hit the back of the net with a right footed shot following good work by Gert Barends.

The first real action of the second stanza arrived on the hour mark when the lively Nhlanhla Vilakazi got a shot away on goal, but Mbongeni Mzimela managed to parry the ball into safety. Ashley Hartog attempted a shot right after that, but there was no threat.

In the 70th minute Andile Mbenyane was in a good position to score from a set piece, but his effort missed the target.

But just six minutes later and the visitors found their equaliser when substitute Terrance Mandaza pounced and made no mistake from a good scoring position.

Then Mbenyane came close to another Chippa goal when his 79th minute rasping effort was finger tipped over the bar by Virgil Vries.

It was to remain 1-1 and probably the fairest reflection of the encounter.

Chippa United (1) 1 (Akpabio 39’)

Maritzburg United (0) 1 (Mandaza 76’)

TEAMS

Chippa: Mzimela, Chipeta, Okwuosa, Barends, Cloete, Moholo, Shai (Uzochukwu 62’), Twala, Akpabio (Manqele 64’), Mbenyane, Mtule (Ntshingila 83’)

Maritzburg: Vries, Paintsil, Mngonyama, De Jongh, Hartog, Vilakazi, Mkhize (Mabaso 88’), Booysen, P Zulu, Lentjies (Mandaza 53’), Anas