FSS too strong for Chippa United

Goals by Camaldine Abraw and Moeketsi Sekola were enough to hand Free State Stars their fourth win in a row when they defeated Chippa United 2-0 at Goble Park Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Despite not having their coach Kinnah Phiri on the bench following a suspension, the hosts meant business as early as the 10th minute when a cross from the right by Danny Venter found Camaldine Abraw alone in the box, his powerful header beat Mbongeni Mzimela to hand the hosts the lead.

The visitors moved forward and in the 31st minute, Siyabulela Shai’s effort went over the bar after a string of good passes in the midfield between him and William Twala.

Following a 1-0 lead by the hosts, the second stanza got underway with the visitors looking for an equaliser but it was the Namibian, Somaeb who unleashed a powerful thunderbolt after a great pass from the right but it went wide.

Dauda Diakite was called into action when he saved a shot from Siyabonga Zulu and seconds later, the Chilli Boys were dealt a huge blow when Thamsanqa Sangweni was shown his marching orders for a studs up challenge on Abraw.

Despite the disadvantage of having one man down, the visitors went forward and Edward Manqele nearly found the back of the net in the 61st minute when his shot sailed wide.

Towards the 70th minute, the match gained momentum as Themba Tshabalala beat three United defenders but delayed to take a shot allowing James Okwuosa to make an interception.

Seconds later, Manqele again pounced but his effort missed the target from a clinical cross by Eric Chipeta.

Against the run of play, Sekola made it two in the 78th minute after outpacing United’s defence and beat the oncoming Mzimela to take his tally to number 12 alongside Bloemfontein Celtic’s Lerato Lamola.

In the dying minutes of the game, the hosts ensured they play it easy and protected their lead as United ran out of steam going forward.

The win leaves Phiri’s men placed at position nine with 34 points while Mich D’Avray’s charges go down to position 14 with 29 points with two games to go for both sides.

Free State Stars: (1) 2 (Abraw 10’, Sekola 78’)

Chippa United: 0

Teams:

Free State Stars: Diakite, Sankara, Cardoso, Venter (Basie 60’), Tshabalala, Mashego, Kerspuy, Soameb (Mzizi 82’), Sekola, Abraw, Mdluli (Makhaula 64’)

Chippa United: Mzimela, Sangweni, Zulu, Komane (Sambu 90’), Chipeta, Cele, Uzochukwu (Akpabio 77’), Shai, Twala, Manqele (Mtule 83’), Okwuosa