Chippa Avenge Cosmos 2-1

BY MARC JACOBSON - FEBRUARY 9, 2016

Chippa United took vengeance on Jomo Cosmos as they beat them 2-1 in their ABSA Premiership clash at Buffalo City Stadium on Saturday night.

Cosmos had beaten the Chilli Boys 4-3 when the two teams met earlier this season. This time around it was the Eastern Cape side that gained the full three log points, with an own-goal from the opposition and a goal from Nkosinathi Mthiyane.

The own goal was scored by Cosmos player, Brice Aka, and the loss marked the seventh consecutive away defeat for Ezenkosi.

Chippa were faulted with execution in the first half with excellent passages of play, passing and distribution but being unable to capitalize on those chances. In the 24th minute of the game, the Chilli Boys infiltrated through their defence to put David Zulu clean open unto the goal, but was denied with an excellent save from Cosmos goalkeeper, Sherwyn Naicker.

That missed chance seemed to have brought Ezenkosi to their feet as they played complacently and collectively through the rest of the first half but without posing any real threat of scoring. Their only notable chance of executing a goal was a long-range shot which was tipped over the crossbar by Daniel Akpeyi in first-half injury time.

Within four minutes into the second half, a pressured cross-kick from Chippa player, Eric Chipeta, from a corner forced Brice Aka to mistakenly defend the ball into his own goal to give Chilli Boys a   1-0 lead.

On the 65th minute, Zulu struck a low shot on goal for Chippa which was again excellently saved from Naicker, preventing them from doubling their lead.

The Chilli Boys made up for this five minutes later when Zulu set-up a goal for Mthiyane to easily slot the ball in from close range to double up their lead 2-0.

Cosmos then created another opportunity to score in the first minute of injury time but this time executed, when substitute Luyolo Nomandela earned and converted a penalty kick to score a constellation, making it 2-1.

Chippa, however, almost rubbed salt in the wound of the visitors when they received a yellow-carded-penalty of which Thamsanqa Sangweni’s spot-kick was yet again well saved from Naicker.

Following the match, Jomo Cosmos place third last on the ABSA Premiership standings, while Chippa United move into the top six.

The Chilli Boys will next play a Valentines fixture on February 14th against Bloemfontein Celtic in Free State Stadium for their next ABSA Premiership encounter.