Absa Premiership Report: Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 Chippa United, 19 February 2017
Teams: Bloemfontein Celtic v Chippa United
Date: 19 February 2017
Venue: Dr. Petrus Molemela Stadium
Bloemfontein Celtic recorded a 2-0 victory against ten-men Chippa United in their Absa Premiership encounter at the Dr. Petrus Molemela Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The visitors got off to a brighter start in the early exchanges and dominated possession stakes on the wet Molemela pitch. Celtic were granted the first opportunity of the game in the fifth minute when Deon Hotto was released through on goal by Lantshene Phalane but the winger’s effort hit the side-netting.
The Chilli Boys continued to look promising with their patient build-up, but create any clear-cut chances in the final third. Celtic were content on absorbing on the pressure and hitting the visitors on the counter-attack, with Dumisani Zuma’s pace causing Chippa all sorts of troubles.
Dan Malesela’s side were reduced to ten-men in the 25th minute when Rhulani Manzini was sent off for an off-the-ball headbutt on Alfred Ndengane. The visitors were forced to reshuffle their tactics, but they continued to see the majority of the ball although they posed little threat to the Celtic defence.
The home side emerged a better outfit in the second half but struggled to break down the Chippa defence. Paseka Mako should’ve given his side the lead in the 52nd minute, when he evaded the onrushing goalkeeper with a delicate touch before firing wide of target.
Celtic slowly started to find their rhythm and were presented with a number of opportunities but goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi proved equal to the task to keep his side at bay. Lehlohonolo Seema’s side dominated proceedings, but were unable to make use of their opportunities.
Chippa were forced to play on the counter-attack due to Celtic’s dominance. The home side deservedly took the lead in the 77th minute, after a great team move resulted in Musa Nyatama slotting home.
The visitors almost equalised five minutes later when substitute Andile Mbenyane’s through ball was met by Bereng, but the midfielder’s attempted lob went wide of the target.
Kabelo Mahlasela was adjudged to have been brought down in the area late-on and Nyatama stepped up to net the penalty to hand Chippa their first defeat of 2017.
Celtic record their first league victory of 2017 and go five points clear of bottom-placed, Baroka.
Here is how they lined-up:
Celtic: 30. Tignyemb (C), 4. Nyatama, 5. Letlabika, 27. Ndengane, 19. Mxoyana, 3. Dube, 6. Maruping, 11. Hotto, 9. Nyondo, 8. Phalane, 10.Zuma.
Chippa: 1. Akpeyi, 24. Thopola, 35.Bergman, 13. Chabalala, 7. Mako, 23. Bereng, 33. Mdaki, 15. Zuke, 41. Masuku, 6. Sali, 19. Manzini R