A deflected effort from Andile Mbenyane garnered an early lead for the Chilli Boys, during a fast-paced end-to-end first half.
The opening goal turned out to be enough for Mark Harrison’s team as they held firm against a torrent of pressure from Santos, in order to add a vital three points to their name.
The opening stages of the match was frenetic with both sides showing the will to win. Phumelele Bhengu crafted the first chance of the match, with a curling effort which sailed wide in the 12th minute.
Seven minutes later, Mbeyane struck after William Twala provided the striker with a pinpoint low cross, which he swept home via a deflection into the back of the net.
Following the goal neither side was able to create clear-cut chances as Chippa settled into a counter-attacking game.
The early stages of the second half saw Santos spark into life as Vuyisile Wana’s shot was deflected onto the crossbar, followed by a significant save from Tashrique Goldman, who palmed a low free-kick from Nasief Morris out of danger.
The match began to shift into a physical affair as both sides upped the ante in the final fifteen minutes, but Chippa United held onto to a precious three points despite the desperate efforts from Santos.
Mark Harrison’s side move to four points in the playoffs group, two below Mpumalanga Black Aces - who have a game in hand over the Chilli Boys. Aces can guarantee a spot in the PSL when they play Santos in their next clash.