Cape playoff ends in a draw
Johannesburg - The promotion play-off game between Chippa United and Santos ended in a 0-0 draw at a wet Philippi Stadium on Wednesday night. The first half saw both sides battling to come to terms with the rainy conditions and the wet pitch, with a result that possession was turned over regularly and both sides struggled to create goal opportunities. The match was fast and physical, with tackles flying in from all angles. The Peoples’ Team had the first chance of the game when Vuyisile Wana went for goal from outside the box, his shot flying just over the bar. A few minutes later and the home side were within a few inches of scoring when Asavela Mbekile’s cross from out wide on the right landed on the upright, with Santos keeper Pa Demba Touray struggling to make up the ground. Chances remained few and far between, with Chippa again coming close to netting on the half hour mark when Ricardo Skippers almost deflected William Twala’s cross into his own net. That was it for first half action, with Buyani Sali having the first chance of the second half when he curled a 20-yard shot onto the bar. On the hour mark and Chippa substitute Mkhanyiseli Siwahla tested Santos keeper Pa Demba Touray with a stinging drive at the near post. The pressure began to mount on the Santos defence and Chippa should have been ahead in the 70th minute when Mbekile went on a mazy run before setting up Siwahla, but with only Touray to beat, the shot went wide of goal. With 15 minutes to go, Chippa were down to 10 men after Sali was sent off for retaliating against an over the top challenge by Tyren Arendse. This time of the year isn’t known as silly season for nothing. Gavin Hunt has left his coaching role at SuperSport United to move to Wits.
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