Debutant Mntambo leads Chippa to victory
Chippa United returned to winning ways in the Premiership at the start of the year as they beat Amazulu 2-0 at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday.
- Amazulu 0 Chippa United 2
- Dlamini hits woodwork early on
- Mntambo scores brace on debut
- Mako clears off the line twice
- Usuthu winless since October
A second-half brace from debutant Linda Mntambo saw the Chilli Boys register only their second away victory off the season.
Paseko Mako made two goalline clearances to ensure a clean sheet for the visitors and maintain their undefeated record against Usuthu.
The win sees Tebogo Moloi's side move into the top eight in seventh position, while Usuthu remain 13th with just three wins this term.
The first threat at goal came from the hosts in the 17th minute when Sbusiso Mabiliso got to the byline before his pullback was poorly dealt with by Mako which allowed the ball to fall for Siduduzo Dlamini, who saw his left-footed volley cannon off the woodwork.
A few minutes later it was the turn of the Chilli Boys to go on the offence. Neat interplay in midfield from Kurt Lentjies and Mntambo saw the latter poke a ball through for Zaphania Mbokoma to run onto only for Usuthu goalkeeper Energy Murambadoro to sense the danger and mop up the threat.
Just past the half-hour mark, Cavin Johnson's side found joy through Butholezwe Ncube, who delivered a dangerous ball into the box, but good pressure from Ayabulela Konqobe was enough to ensure that Ovidy Karuru put his header over the bar.
Four minutes before the break Lentjies and Mntambo linked up again to unlock the defence, but the former had a tame shot at Murambadoro, who got down well to his left.
The Chilli Boys took the lead six minutes after the restart. The effervescent Mntambo lashed the ball home with the outside of his foot after he was well picked out on the edge of the box by Mako.
Five minutes later following a shot from Rhulani Manzini the ball fell to Mhlengi Cele, who had the beating of Brighton Mhlongo, but was denied by a brilliant goalline clearance from Mako.
The visitors doubled their advantage in the 62nd minute. A quick one-two on the edge of the area between Mxolisi Macuphu and Mntambo allowed the debutant to slot home from close range and complete his brace.
Amazulu were unlucky not to have found a way back into the contest in the 72nd minute. Tapelo Nyongo was set up by Cele but his captain could only strike the bar from six yards out.
Ten minutes from time Cele had another effort cleared off the line by Mako after he powered a header at goal from a Jabulani Ncobeni corner.