Plucky Chippa United show fight to earn a draw against Swallows in Johannesburg
An excellent late goal from Mkhanyiseli Siwahla earned Chippa United an unlikely point at Moroka Swallows after the teams played to a 1-1 draw at the Dobsonville Stadium on Friday night.
Swallows had numerous opportunities to close out the game after Lerato Chabangu’s opener midway through the first half and were made to pay for the wastefulness in front of goal when Siwahla netted an excellent individual effort with four minutes remaining.
It was a second late comeback in a row for the newly-promoted side, who have shown plenty of heart under caretaker coach Farouk Abrahams, but still remain rooted in the relegation play-off position.
The match was played in near torrential rain at times, making life difficult for the players, but they still managed to serve up an entertaining fixture.
Swallows started the brighter and were unlucky not to take the lead when David Mathebula’s goal-bound shot was blocked by Larry Cohen.
But they did get the goal their play deserved on 23 minutes when Chabangu scored his sixth of the season as he headed home Mathebula’s free-kick.
That looked as though it would be enough for the win, but Siwahla showed a bit of individual magic to steal a point for his side.
He picked up the loose ball on the right of the penalty-area and turned Swallows left-back Shere Lekgothoane inside out before driving for the byline and beat Greg Etafia in the home goal from the acutest of angles.
Siwahla, still the record hold for the youngest scorer in PSL history when he netted for Ajax against Dynamos aged 15, has seen his once promising career stall badly.It could be the moment that sets him on the path to stardom once more, but most importantly for Abrahams, gave his side a vital away point and a first away goal of the campaign.