Kaizer Chiefs 0-1 Chippa United: Chilli Boys bring Amakhosi down to earth
Thabiso Lebitso, Chippa United & Daniel Cardoso, Kaizer Chiefs, April 2021
The Eastern Cape-based side humbled the Glamour Boys, who were on cloud nine after becoming the first team to defeat Sundowns in the PSL this term

Chippa United secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Kaizer Chiefs in a PSL match which was played at the iconic FNB Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

Bienvenu Eva Nga proved to be the Chilli Boys' super-sub as the Cameroonian striker came off the bench to score the only goal of the match which was dominated by Amakhosi. 

Amakhosi were brimming with confidence after they snapped their four-match winless run when they edged out their Gauteng rivals Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1 on Sunday.

As Goal predicted Nkosingiphile Ngcobo and Dumisani Zuma were recalled to the starting line-up by coach Gavin Hunt, who made two changes to the team which faced Sundowns.

On the other hand, the Chilli Boys were determined to end their 11-match winless run in the league having drawn 0-0 with Lamontville Golden Arrows on Sunday.

New Chippa technical advisor Vladislav Heric was in charge of the Eastern Cape side and he recalled Sizwe Mdlinzo to the starting line-up as he made one change to the team which took on Arrows.

Chiefs saw most of the ball in the opening exchanges and they were launching most of their attacks down the left flank through Zuma, who was a constant threat to the Chippa defence.

The former Bloemfontein Celtic winger beat his marker, before unleashing a shot which was blocked by goalkeeper Ismail Watenga at the near-post and the visitors were able to clear their lines.

It should have been 1-0 to Chiefs when an unmarked Eric Mathoho connected with Zuma's corner-kick, but the towering defender failed to keep his free header on target with Watenga rooted to the ground. 

The Chilli Boys were able to weather the storm and they began surging forward in numbers towards the half-time break with Augustine Chidi Kwem looking to bully the Amakhosi defence with his imposing physique.

Kwem had an opportunity to hand the visitors the lead, but he was let down by his first touch which allowed Mathoho to make a well-timed tackle to stop the Nigerian forward and the score was 0-0 at the interval.

Chiefs controlled the match after the restart with Chippa happy to sit back and try to play counter-attack, but the hosts struggled to create clear cut chances as they were giving away possession cheaply in the final third.

Hunt introduced strikers Lazarous Kambole and Samir Nurkovic on the hour-mark and the four-time PSL champions upped the tempo. 

Watenga was called into action twice as he made a fine save from Ngcobo's long-range shot, before producing a diving save to deny Nurkovic, who had also pulled the trigger from range.

The visitors took the lead against the run of play as second-half substitute Eva Nga intercepted Mathoho's poor header and looped the ball over on-rushing keeper Itumeleng Khune to make it 1-0 to Chippa with six minutes left.

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Parker thought he had snatched a late equalising goal for Chiefs in stoppage time, but Frederic Nsambiyumva made a world-class goal-line clearance to ensure that the game ended in a 1-0 victory in favour of Chippa.

Chippa remained 15th on the league standings despite their victory and they will be determined to boost their hopes of avoiding relegation with another win when they face Stellenbosch FC on Saturday.

On the other hand, Chiefs, who are looking to finish in the top eight this term, slipped down to ninth place on the standings and they are scheduled to face Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday