Chippa, Leopards drop valuable points in draw

Chippa United and Black Leopards played to a 0-0 draw in a 2020-21 DStv Premiership match at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Gqeberha on Wednesday.

The result doesn't do either team any favours in their bid for top-flight survival. A point takes Chippa up to 14th and above Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila on goal difference, but the latter have played two games less. Leopards remain bottom of the table and six points from safety with just three games to rescue their status.

Both teams showed their intent from the onset with Chippa left-back Riaan Hanamub and Lidoda Duvha forward Rodney Ramagalela firing a shot on target in the opening three minutes of the match.

The best chance of the first-half fell at Augustine Kwem's feet on the cusp of half-time, but Jonas Mendes made a good save to deny the burly forward from finding the back of the net from range.

Leopards forced Isma Watenga into action 10 minutes after the interval with Ovidy Karuau sending his effort straight at the Uganda shot-stopper.

The Chilli Boys turned the screw in the closing stages of the match and the Nedbank Cup runners-up looked the more likely to find a winner.

Kurt Lentjies hit the woodwork in the 83rd minute before Mendes saved from a Mduduzi Sibeko shot five minutes later, but in the end neither team could find the goal they desired and ultimately the match ended in a 0-0 draw.

Chippa United: Watenga; Hanamub, Nsabiyumva, Mthethwa, Mobbie, Sibeko, Mdlinzo, Lebitso (Damons 60'), Lentjies, Kwem (Maloisane 69'), Eva Nga.

Black Leopards: Mendes; Mashoene, Masia, Gyimah, Sampson, Mthethwa, Maluleke (Mokoena 70'), Kabwe (Khutlang 76'), Ramagalela, Karuru, Anas (Mathenjwa 71').