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Chippa lose again to Ajax, four players return from injury in attempts to avoid relegation

BY MARC JACOBSON - MAY 10, 2017
Chippa lose again to Ajax, four players return from injury in attempts to avoid relegation

Despite the sacking Dan Malesela as Chippa United Coach two weeks ago, the Chilli Boys have thereafter additionally slumped two games in a row under new interim coach, Mbuyiselo Sambu.

This comes at the worst time for Chippa, with the Eastern Cape side now flirting with the ABSA Premiership relegation red zone, and will be on the chop if they do not manage to pull something out of the fire.

In one of the additions to their woes, Ajax Cape Town beat the Chilli Boys 1-0 at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane on Saturday.

To Chippa’s credit, however, they asserted attacking pressure in the early stages of the game when on the 15th minute, Lerato Manzini controlled the ball well on his chest to direct it in line for a kicking shot at goal, only for the sombre strike to be easily caught by the Ajax keeper.

Just minutes later, the same Ajax keeper, was then forced to nip a powerful half-volley strike from Strydom Wambi over the back of the goals.

Then on the 30th minute, a long-range strike from Phetolo Sekome was thwarted by the Ajax goal-stopper.

It all resulted in a scoreless, but resilient showing for Chippa in the first half, but in the second 45, Ajax began getting ascendency.

It was on the 85th minute when a defensive mess-up saw Chippa keeper, Daniel Akpeyi move out of line, in front his two defenders in a staggered defence and for punishment, a composed tuck of the ball netted Ajax’s first and only goal.

The Chilli Boys can now announce with some shedding light on the club, that striker Rhulani Manzini (hamstring), winger Menzi Masuku (rib) and versatile duo Siyabonga Ngubane (hip) and Xolani Mdaki (knee), have returned to full fitness and will join up with the squad in their attempts to avoid relegation.

The four will certainly add some much needed morale and spice to the team ahead of their third-last match of the ABSA Premiership against the last-placed Highlands Park in Tembisa, Johannesburg, on Friday.

This bottom-of-the-table clash will prove vital for the bottom feeders in avoiding their own demise in the PSL for the 2017/18 season.

Chippa are currently fourth-last on the overall standings, just two points ahead of Highlands Park at last – so their prospects are tightly knitted.