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Monday, October 13, 2014

Diski Challenge Weekend Wrap

Chippa United were the biggest winners in round five of the MultiChoice Diski Challenge on Sunday, with Bloemfontein Celtic and Mamelodi Sundowns topping the two sections following the double round of games played at the University of Pretoria (Tuks) over the weekend.

The Chilli Boys crushed AmaZulu 4-1, while Siwelele and the Brazilians both drew, although it was enough for them to consolidate their positions after a two-day festival of football in the capital.
After all Saturday's game produced winners, draws were the order of the day on Sunday with four matches ending in the points being shared.

But Chippa were amongst the four winners as they demolished Usuthu thanks to a pair of goals each for Siyabulela Shai and Khanyisa Mayo.

Mayo, the son of former Bafana Bafana marksman Patrick, opened the scoring in the 20th minute, before Shai, whose father is Sundowns legend Issac, doubled the advantage four minutes later.

AmaZulu, who have struggled to adapt to the new Reserve League and remain winless, had a lifeline before the break but blew their chance after Mzo Mthembu's penalty was saved by Qhamakuhle Lizani.

Mayo and Shai then added second-half goals either side of a Sihke Shezi (71) consolation as the Port Elizabeth side ran out easy winners.

Orlando Pirates missed the chance to climb top of Group B ahead of Sundowns after they were stunned 2-1 by Platinum Stars.

Midfielder Kobamelo Kodisang scored a brace for Dikwena, with Sibusiso Mahlangu netting a consolation for the Bucs.

In another match that produced a result, Ajax Cape Town edged out SuperSport United 2-1. Goals from Justin Jacobus and Sithembiso Ngidi cancelled out each other in the first half, with Charlton Basson grabbing a 69th minute winner.

There was one other game where there was a winner as home favourites Tuks lost out 3-2 to Polokwane City in a five-goal thriller.

Amongst the four drawn matches, Moroka Swallows ended their losing start to the campaign by holding Kaizer Chiefs to a goalless draw.

Group A leaders Celtic threw away their lead against 10-man Maritzburg United in a 1-1 scoreline. Wayde Jooste fired the Free Staters ahead in the first half, before the KwaZulu-Natal outfit were reduced to 10 men after the dismissal of Tshepo Moloto.

However, Sandile Dlamini’s 57th minute header stunned Celtic and snatched an unlikely point for the Team of Choice. Group B pace-setters Sundowns were left equally frustrated as they were kept to the same 1-1 score against Bidvest Wits.

The Brazilians, with players like Anthony Laffor, Ejike Uzoenyi and Luyolo Nomandela in their line-up, should have been behind on the half-hour when Sthembiso Msomi saw his penalty saved by Thela Ngobeni.

And they were lifted by that moment as Ntandoyenkosi Ngubane gave the men in yellow the lead before the break. But Wits, fielding the likes of Erwin Isaacs, Aviwe Langwe and Toriq Losper, refused to surrender and were rewarded with a 65th minute equaliser for Tshidiso Monamodi.

Finally, another match that ended 1-1 was the clash between Mpumalanga Black Aces and Free State Stars as an Aubrey Maphosa (86) equaliser cancelled out Sinawo Masana’s first-half opener.

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