Result: Swallows 1-1 Chippa United
Date: 20 January 2021
Venue: Volkswagen Dobsonville Stadium
Swallows FC missed the chance to move top of the DStv Premiership after drawing 1-1 with Chippa United on Wednesday evening.
Zaphaniah Mbokoma was restored to the Swallows attack after serving a two-game suspension, while Sammy Seabi also got a start in midfield.
The hosts got off to the perfect start as Ruzaigh Gamildien continued his superb campaign after opening the scoring on 11 minutes with his ninth league goal of the season.
The Dube Birds continued pushing for more goals and were nearly rewarded at the midway point as Wandisile Letlabika's header sailed just wide of Mtshali's goal.
Chippa, meanwhile, had to wait until the final stages of the first half for a sight at goal, with Andile Mbenyane firing over the target from a dead-ball situation.
The Chilli Boys came out with a bit more attacking intent the second half, but Vuyo Mere went close to adding a second goal for Swallows after seeing his close-range effort saved by Virgil Vries on 67 minutes.
Dan Malesela's charges got their reward on 75 minutes as veteran midfielder Kurt Lentjies found the back of the net with an impressive strike from distance.
Unfortunately, neither side were able to kick on thereafter and had to make do with a point each as Swallows remain second, but are now level on points league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.
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Here's how they started:
Swallows: 30. Vries, 8. Mere, 4. Ngcobo, 5. Letlabika, 22. Hlanti, 21. Seabi, 6. Mthethwa, 14. Thibedi, 28. Sekgota, 11. Mbokoma, 12. Gamildien.
Subs: 17. Ngobeni, 7. Mosadi, 16. Makhanya, 29. Ritchie, 24. Basadien, 20. Gozar, 15. Nyatama, 25. Mhlongo, 34. Sait.
Chippa: 16. Mtshali, 47.Nsabiyumva,32. Mobbie, 4. Hanamub, 44. Nhlapo, 10. Mdlinzo, 24. Rae, 13. Mokhele, 7. Mbenyane, 8. Maloisane, 9 Eva Nga Bienvenu.
Subs: 1. Mazibuko, 20. Mogakwe, 18. Mthethwa, 21. Dinge, 2. Konqobe, 17. Damons, 5. Lentjies, 15. Kwem, 31 Laffor.