Chippa record goalless draw after missing chances in final minutes
Honours were shared at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium when Chippa United and Bloemfontein Celtic played to a goalless draw in a Premier Soccer League fixture last night.
Both sides failed to convert the few chances they had at goals.
Despite the draw, the Port Elizabeth side still remain unbeaten at home this season.
Chippa secured a 1-0 win against Free State Stars in their league opener, which was followed by a goalless draw against Mamelodi Sundowns in the first leg semifinal of the MTN8 competition.
While Celtic will be happy to go home with a point in the bag, the result will be disappointing for the Chilli Boys as they were looking to bounce back to their winning ways after two consecutive defeats.
Coach Dan Malesela’s troops suffered their first league defeat at the hands of Golden Arrows last week.
They were beaten 1-0 by Arrows and that was followed by a 2-0 loss to PSL rookies Highlands Park in the Telkom Knockout competition.
Chippa last tasted victory when they beat newly promoted Baroka FC 4-1 last month.
Scoring still remains to be a major problem in the Chippa camp.
The first half showed little spark as there were not too many shots at goals from either side.
The only clear shot came in the 14th minute when Celtic’s Vuyisile Wana’s strike was saved by Chippa goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.
Minutes later the home side received a free kick when one of their players was brought down just outside the box.
The shot by Chippa’s set-piece specialist, Marc van Heerden, was comfortably saved by Celtic keeper Patrick Tignyemb.
The visitors got their second opportunity at goals in the 20th minute but Alfred Ndengabe’s attempt went wide.
The ball went back and forth between the two teams with no clear shots on target from either side.
Both sides came out heated up in the second half, desperately searching for that opening goal.
However, the heat quickly faded and the game went back to its dull state.
Phunya Sele Sele did lift their game in latter stages but were held by the Chilli Boys’ defence.
Chippa had a few chances in the dying minutes of the game but failed to convert them.