PSL : Late Manzini’s goal gives Chippa win
Rhulani Manzini’s late strike helped Chippa United overcome Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 in an Absa Premiership match at the Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein on Sunday.
The Chilli Boys remain sixth on the log standings following their win. Phunya Sele Sele also remain in 11th spot on the league table.
The home side threatened first through Tumelo Letuka who produced a dangerous curling cross which was punched away by Chippa goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi in the fifth minute.
However, Phunya Sele Sele were dealt a major blow six minutes later when injured Fiston Razak Abdoul was replaced by Julius Linkontsane.
In the 24th minute, on-loan Kaizer Chiefs striker David Zulu came close to giving Chippa the lead with a powerful shot from range, but it went just over the cross-bar.
Both teams were launching attacks in search of the opening goal and in the 29th minute speedy winger Thapelo Morena’s cross was cleared away by Chippa captain James Okwuosa.
Celtic shot-stopper Patrick Tignyemb was called into action nine minutes before the half-time break when he gathered Chippa midfielder Xola Mlambo’s attempt from range.
Eight minutes after the restart, South Africa youth international Thapelo Morena tried his luck from range forcing Chippa keeper Akpeyi into a top save.
Chippa head coach Dan Malesela decided to pull out creative midfielder Mlambo for defensive midfielder Buyani Sali in the 69th minute.
With time running out, Thabang Thopolo was given some space to shoot in the 78th minute and he forced Celtic keeper Tignyemb into a good save.
Nevertheless, substitute Rhulani Manzini grabbed a late winner with a powerful shot from the edge of the Celtic box in the 90th minute.
Celtic (0) 0
Chippa (0) 1 (Manzini 90′)
Celtic: Tignyemb, Rikhotso, Fransman, Lakay, Jooste, Ndengane, Nyatama, Morena, Abdoul (Likontsane 13′), Letuka (Wolff 80′), Lamola
Chippa: Akpeyi, Thopola, Okwuosa, Macheke, Chipeta, Mlambo (Sali 69′), Mbokoma (L.Manzini 76′), Sangweni, Bance (R.Manzini 85′), Zulu, Molangoane