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Chippa Clinch Final TKO Last Eight Spot

Telkom Knockout

Result: Chippa United 1-0 Bloemfontein Celtic

Date: 22 October 2019

Venue: Sisa Dukashe Stadium

Chippa United secured the final spot in the Telkom Knockout quarter-finals after defeating Bloemfontein Celtic in their first win of the 2019/2020 season.

New Chippa coach Norman Mapeza made only two changes to the side that narrowly lost to Bidvest Wits in the league, with Mzikayise Mashaba and Gregory Damons getting a run, while Siwelele made four variations that included two strikers, Harris Tchilimbou and Victor Letsoalo.

The game started at a frantic pace at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium, although the sides could not create clear openings for large periods of the opening half.

Siwelele eventually carved out a chance to break the deadlock on the half-hour mark after being awarded a free-kick from the edge of the box, but Ndumiso Mabena's curling free-kick was parried away by goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb.

The Chilli Boys also had an opportunity to find the breakthrough with five minutes remaining of the first stanza after striker Rhulani Manzini latched onto a through ball at the near post but his poked shot hit the side-netting.

The opening exchanges of the second stanza produced fireworks but Chippa came the closest to breaking the deadlock in the 65th minute after Boikanyo Komane rattled the crossbar with a powerful effort from distance.

Mapeza's charges eventually broke the deadlock with 12 minutes remaining thanks to Lehlogonolo Masalesa, who found the back of the net with a towering header inside the box from Tercious Malepe's corner.

Celtic had the momentum in the closing phase as they went in search for the equaliser but they were denied by former Celtic goalkeeper Tignyemb as the Chilli Boys held on to book their quarter-final spot.

Here's how they line up:

Chippa: 30. Tignyemb, 17. Damons, 47. Nsabiyumva, 20. K.Moyo, 14. E.Moyo, 44. Komane, 10. Mashaba, 12. Malepe, 7. Mbenyane, 8. Rakhale, 19. R.Manzini.

Subs: 1. Mazibuko, 40. Twala, 22. Modisane, 13. Maphangule, 11. Maziya, 32. Lentjies, 2, Maselesa.

Celtic: 16. Mabokgwane, 2. Tani, 3. Mahashe, 22. Rikhotso, 26. Ngobeni, 35. Baloyi, 13. Luthuli, 18. Mashikinya, 10. Mabena, 27. Tchilimbou, 21. Letsoalo.

Subs: 31. Chaine, 23. Mogakwe, 9. Sera, 6. Kobedi, 24. Lingwati, 12. Maema, 7. Maloisane.

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