Manyama brace sinks Chippa

Two quality goals from Lebogang Manyama gave SuperSport United a valuable 2-1 Absa Premiership victory away at Chippa United in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

The home side netted first through George Akpabio, but Manyama replied to make it 1-1 at the break.

Then with a few minutes to go to the end of the match, Manyama pounced with his second volley or the game, this time a truly world class finish to seal the win.

The match was played in gusty wind conditions in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

Chippa’s Bafana Bafana forward David Zulu showed why he is hot transfer property when he made a good run in the 5th minute and beat several players before losing his balance inside the 18 area.

Fifteen minutes into the game, Manti Moholo made a burst forward with the ball at feet, but when he let rip with a goal attempt, he was leaning back and the ball flew high and over the goal frames.

Two minutes later and the home side did take the lead after some good pressure play aided by poor defending from SuperSport.

When David Zulu’s shot hit the post and rebounded into play, Moholo was first to the ball and got past his marker before swinging the ball back into the danger zone from the right flank and George Akpabio was left unmarked to volley the ball past Dumisani Msibe in goal. Just before the half hour mark, a chipped ball into the danger area was dropped by Msibe and Zulu almost took advantage of a gift of a loose ball inside the 18 area, but he could not connect the ball properly.

SuperSport came back strong inside the final ten minutes of the first half and applied pressure from the wide positions and it paid off in the 39th minute.

Lebogang Manyama found the equaliser with a powerful volley at the back post after Dove Wome did brilliantly to whip in a cross, which was too deep for Mzimela and Chipeta failed to head the ball out for a corner and sent it directly to Manyama’s boot instead.

Five minutes into the second half and SuperSport’s Dino Ndlovu got in behind the Chippa left back zone, but he could not keep his shot down and on target. And a moment or two later and Akpabio was put through on goal at the opposite end, but the Nigeria could not get enough power on his shot.

On the 62nd minute mark Msibi did very well to tip away a curling shot to the far post top corner by Moholo, following a swift attacking move by Chippa.

Thuso Phala came close after 73 minutes with a powerful header from a cross on the right flank. Unmarked, Phala could just not get his header on target.

Then Phala turned provider when he did really well on the left flank to beat his man and chip a cross to the far past where Manyama did brilliantly to hit a ferocious first time volley from a tight angle, doing very well to keep his shot down.

Chippa United (1) 1 (Akpabio 17’)
SuperSport United (1) 2 (Manyama 39’, 88’)

Chippa: Mzimela, Barends (Nene 87’), Chipeta, Komane, Okwuosa, Moholo, Sangweni, Cele, D Zulu (Zwane 68’), Twala, Akpabio

SuperSport: Msibi, Mkhabela, Teyise, September, Dean, Morton, Mathebula (Nel 82’), Wome (Grobler 72’), Manyama, Phala, Ndlovu (Nxumalo 56’)