Port Elizabeth – First-half goals from Ronald Ketjijere and Atusaye Nyondo set
University of Pretoria on their way to a first Premiership victory of
the season as they edged out Chippa United 2-1 at the Nelson Mandela Bay
Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.
Ketjijere fired the visitors ahead with a clever chip after only three
minutes, before Malawian Nyondo doubled the advantage just after the
David Zulu did manage to pull a goal back for last
season’s National First Division (NFD) champions, but they failed to
find an equaliser and slipped to a second loss in three games in the
Tuks started the game with a loss and one defeat from
their opening two games and they received the perfect start when
Ketjijere’s right-footed strike sailed over the helpless Tshepo
The men from Tshwane continued to press forward and
Thabo Mosadi, Nyondo and Geoffrey Massa free-kicks all came close to
extending the lead.
Chippa finally managed to breach the
untroubled Tuks defence midway through the half courtesy of Zulu,
although the final shot from the midfielder failed to trouble goalkeeper
The Chilli Boys fell further behind after 33
minutes as Nyondo’s drilled effort along the ground from inside the area
gave Motsoeneng little chance.
Chippa did manage to get the ball
into the back of the net before half time, but William Twala’s effort
was ruled out for off-side.
Zulu did brilliantly to halve the
deficit five minutes into the second half when he lashed home expertly
following a fine cross from former Orlando Pirates winger Joseph
It was almost level after 70 minutes when Mbhuyiselo
Sambu’s strike from outside the box forced Arubi to react sharply and
punch the danger clear.
That proved to be the last big chance for the home side as Denver Mukamba twice squandered late chances to make the game safe.
But it was still enough as Steve Barker’s side held on to climb to eighth on the table with Chippa falling to ninth.