Mamelodi Sundowns moved to the top of the Absa Premiership standings after edging Chippa United 1-0 in an Absa Premiership match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Wednesday night.
Sundowns substitute Anthony Laffor’s second-half goal was enough to earn his side the three points after the home side missed a plethora of chances on the night.
Chippa made a bright start to the match with some enterprising play from the first whistle.
The home side’s winger William Twala tested Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango with a shot in the very first minute, while Nkosinathi Mthiyane’s cross was headed over the crossbar by Rhulani Manzini four minutes later.
Veteran midfielder Lerato Chabangu was having an outstanding start to the match. He showed some delightful skill in the seventh minute to set up Twala, but the former Orlando Pirates man’s couldn’t keep his header down.
Chippa hardman Buyani Sali was next to test Onyango, but his shot just didn’t have enough venom to open the scoring.
Sundowns soaked up a lot of pressure in the opening 20 minutes of the match, but they started to enjoy a little bit more of the ball, as the likes of Teko Modise and Keagan Dolly started to get into the game.
Dolly turned his marker with a great first touch in the 22nd minute, but his shot was deflected wide for a corner.
Five minutes later Chippa goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi fouled Dolly outside the penalty area. Dolly teed up Hlompo Kekana from the free kick, but the former Bafana midfielder couldn’t clear the Chippa wall with his effort.
Sundowns had a few more chances before the break, but Mogakolodi Ngele and Ramahlwe Mphahlele couldn’t beat Akpeyi.
Chippa started off the second half like they did the first and took the game to the Brazilians. Erick Chipeta produced a shot on goal from a free kick in the 48th, but Onyango did well to parry it to safety. Two minutes later Sali again tried his luck, but Onyango was again up to the task.
Sundowns managed to string a few passes together on the hour mark, and Modise went close from the free kick in the 63rd minute.
But Sundowns would finally break the deadlock in the 67th minute when substitute Laffor slotted home after an assist Bongani Zungu.
Chippa tried hard to score the equaliser, and they had plenty of chances in the last quarter of the match. Substitute Kuduku Maleasenya’s shot wide in the 73rd minute, while Chabangu had his effort saved in the 80th minute.
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