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Rhulani Begins Chippa Reign With A Point

Absa Premiership

Result: Bidvest Wits 0-0 Chippa United

Date: 07 March 2020

Venue: Bidvest Stadium

Rhulani Mokwena began his Chippa United reign with a point against Bidvest Wits in the Absa Premiership on Saturday night.

The Clever Boys made four changes, as Cole Alexander, Mxolisi Macuphu, Zitha Mecheke and Terence Dzvukamanja were all recalled.

Meanwhile, Mokwena brought in Frederic Nsabiyumba, Boikanyo Komane, Xolani Mahola while Thokozani Sekotlong was handed a rare start.

The Chilli Boys almost got an early opener in the 12th minute after Ruzaigh Gamildien unleashed a good strike from range but Wits goalkeeper Brandon Petersen was equal to the task.

Petersen almost made a costly error in the 29th minute after clearing the ball straight at Gamildien but he made up for it with a close range save.

Gavin Hunt's charges had a great chance to break the deadlock three minutes before the break after Chippa goalkeeper Veli Mothwa spilled a cross onto the path of Elias Pelembe but the Mozambican midfielder missed the target from close range.

Wits had an opportunity to get an early lead five minutes inside the second stanza after Deon Hotto's free-kick took a deflection off Buhlebuyeza Mkhwanazi and flew inches wide of goal.

Pelembe had another chance to break the deadlock for the hosts in the 67th minute after receiving a pin-point cross from Macheke but he headed over the bar from close range.

The Chilli Boys had a rare chance in the last eight minutes after William Twala lurked on the far post and unleashed a volley that was saved by Petersen and Alexander crashed the crossbar for Wits three minutes later with a strike from range.

Chippa were reduced to ten men in the last three minutes after Gaona Modisane was given his marching orders for picking up his second yellow.

In the end, Mokwena's troops held to claim a point on but they remain in 11th spot while Wits are unchanged in sixth place.

Here's how they lined up:

Wits: 1. Petersen; 3. Hlanti, 26. Gordinho, 15. Mkhwanazi, 24. Macheke, 17. Alexander, 14. Nange, 7. Pelembe, 11. Hotto, 37. Dzvukamanja, 28. Macuphu.

Subs: 16. Mhlongo, 4. Nonyane, 8. Monare, 10. Domingo, 19. Eva Nga, Human, 36. Sekgota.

Chippa:  34. Mothwa, 47. Nsabiyumva, 21. Maphanga, 12. Malepe, 20. K.Moyo, 22. Modisane, 44. Komane, 4. Gamildien, 26. Sekotlong, 33. Mahola, 40. Twala

Subs: Mazibuko, Maphangule, 17. Damons, 2. Masalesa, 11. Maziya, 32. Lentjies, 8. Rakhale

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