Brace of goals from Norman Smith sees Golden Arrows past Chippa United
The victory will have been satisfying against a Chippa side who sacked Mngqithi just two games into this campaign and have gone on to battle in their maiden top-flight season.
Norman Smith was the hero for the home side, netting a brace of goals to set up the deserved victory and move Abafana Bes’thende away from the relegation zone. It is a third loss in succession for Chippa though, who will have to improve markedly if they are to retain their top-flight status this season.
Great play from Philani Shange early on created a chance for Zambian Justine Zulu, but his first touch let him down and Chippa were able to clear.
Smith, who has an outstanding game, set up his strike-partner Bongani Ntuli for a shot on goal inside 10 minutes, but the effort was blocked by Chippa’s Nigerian defender James Okwuosa.
Smith created an opportunity for himself next, working into space with a clever turn, but his shot in the end was deflected wide.
Chippa’s first chance fell to Petrus Ngebo, but the former Bloemfontein Celtic striker skied the effort over the bar.
After Zulu had seen another shot saved, he set up Nkosinathi Ogle, who shot rather than passed to the open Smith inside the box.
Abafana Bes’thende finally did get the goal their play deserved on 33 minutes, Smith providing a delightful lob to give his team the advantage.
They might have had another before halftime as visiting goalkeeper Kassaly Daouda saved from Ogle.
But it was 2-0 five minutes after the break and again Smith was the man on target. Ogle’s cross was not cut out by the Chippa defence and the striker netted his third goal in four games.
Ritus Krjauklis had an ambitious effort from 30 yards that went high and wide, before Daouda made an excellent save to deny Shange from range. Nkanyiso Madonsela was brought on for his PSL debut for the club with 10 minutes remaining.