SAT 14 JULY 2018, 12:00 , JAMES MOTLATSI STADIUM

0 (1) Chippa United
VS
0 (3) Free State Stars

Stars and Chippa renew rivalry in Maize Cup

Stars and Chippa renew rivalry in Maize Cup

by Staff Reporter

Friday Jul 13, 2018. 15:00

Free State Stars are out to secure their first 2018 Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup title as they meet Chippa United in the second semi-final on Saturday afternoon.

The match is scheduled to get underway at 12:00 (CAT).

Ea Lla Koto will be motivated heading into this encounter after their successful 2017/18 Premier Soccer League season.

Coach Luc Eymael led the Bethlehem side to a decent finish in the league as well as lifting the Nedbank Cup.

Following that magnificent run they managed to secure a spot in the CAF Confederation Cup, but will want to taste glory in Orkney on Saturday.

The Belgian manager will also want to unveil his new players in the form of striker Eleazar Rodgers, Tshepo Tema and Ricardo Ndiki among others.

Just last season, the two Absa Premiership giants met on three occasions. Stars bagged a single win in the league and one in the Ke Yona competition whist the other one ended in a win in for Dan Malesela’s troops.

A look at the Port Elizabeth-based side, United are gunning for glory ahead of the new 2018/19 PSL season as they look to start on a positive note.

“Yes, I believe so [Chippa can win trophies],” said new defender Thabo Nthethe.

“With the players that are there I believe we can do it.

"The players need to believe they can win trophies. As much as we can say Chippa is smaller team than other teams, what matters is what we do on the field.

"As long as we apply ourselves and work hard, then I think we can get something.”

The Chilli Boys will be making their debut at the pre-season tournament and hands Malesela the opportunity to measure their progress.

Chippa have signed players such as Daine Klate, Jabulani Shongwe, Botswana duo Thatoyaone Kgamanyane and Kabelo Seakanyeng amongst others.

Stars edge Chippa on penalties to move into Maize Cup final

Stars edge Chippa on penalties to move into Maize Cup final
Eleazar Rodgers of Free State Stars challenged by Jabulani Shongwe of Chippa United during the 2018 Maize Cup match between Free State Stars and Chippa United at the James Motlatsi Stadium, Orkney on 14 July 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Saturday Jul 14, 2018. 14:24

Free State Stars defeated Chippa United 3-1 on penalties to set up a meeting with Kaizer Chiefs later this afternoon in the Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup final.

Ea Lla Koto and the Chilli Boys played to a goalless stalemate over 90 minutes at the James Motlatsi Stadium, but the team in red were far superior in the shootout, converting three of their four kicks while the Eastern Cape side managed to net just once.

Stars substitute goalkeeper Oliver Kwizera saved from both Thabo Nthethe and Koikanya Nkomane in the shootout to make himself the hero.

Chippa enjoyed the early ascendancy and nearly claimed the lead 15 minutes into the game, as a cross from a free kick wide on the left picked out Frederic Nsabiyumva but his headed effort rebounded off Badra Ali Sangare’s right-hand post.

Stars took their time to settle into the match, but five minutes before the interval they should have claimed the lead: Sthembiso Dlamini provided a cross from the right of the penalty area to pick out Sinethemba Jantjie, but the winger couldn’t direct a header on target with the goal gaping.

Chippa introduced marquee signing Daine Klate early in the second half and the former Orlando Pirates winger sent an effort wide of the mark in the 66th minute, while Stars’ new acquisition up front, Eleazar Rodgers, sent a glancing header wide of the far post from a corner kick shortly thereafter.

The final chance of the match went the way of Rodgers in the 89th minute, as he got up high to meet another corner kick but once again failed to hit the target, leaving the encounter locked at 0-0 at the final whistle.

Chippa United 0

Free State Stars 0 –Stars won 3-1 on penalties

Chippa: Akpeyi, Tlolane, Nthethe, Nsabiyumva, Makobela, Mayambela (Mbokoma 72’), Komane, Mdlinzo (Maholo 85’), Seakanyeng (Klate 60’), Shongwe (Ndlovu 69’), Mbenyane (Setelele 76’)

Stars: Sangare (Kwizera 89’), Mobbie, Keita, Mahamutsa, Phungwayo, S. Dlamini, Makhaula (Gandze 58’), Masehe, Jantjie (Bhengu 46’ [Mthembu 90+2’]), Tchilimbou (Matlakala 81’), Rodgers

Starting Lineup

Chippa United : Frederic Nsabiyumva, Daniel Akpeyi, Boikanyo Nkomane, Thabo Nthethe, Andile Mbenyane, Mark Mayambela, Sizwe Mdlinzo, Tebogo Makobela, Jabulani Shongwe, Tebogo Tlolane, Kabelo Seakanyeng

Free State Stars : Badra Ali Sangare, Bengali Keita, Patrick Phungwayo, Nyiko Mobbie, Rooi Mahamutsa, Sinethemba Jantjie, Makhehlene Makhaula, Paulus Masehe, Sthembiso Dlamini, Harris Tchilimbou, Eleazar Rodgers

Live Commentary

1' The match is underway!
5' Both teams looking to settle in the match early on. Chippa are playing in an all-white strip with blue trim, while Stars are in all-red.
10' Chippa with a half-hearted appeal for a penalty after Seakanyeng tumbles in the box, but the referee is unmoved.
15' Chippa hit the post! A free kick wide on the left finds the head of Nsabiyumva and his effort hits Sangare's right-hand post!
20' Chippa continue to dominate and a flowing move ends with Mdlinzo slicing a shot wide of the Stars goal.
25' Rooi Mahamutsa (Free State Stars) is cautioned.
26' Mahamutsa with a rough challenge to become the first player into the book.
30' Up to the half hour mark, still goalless at the James Motlatsi Stadium.
36' Mayambela breaks free down the right of the penalty area, but can't pull a good ball back from the by-line.
40' A great chance for Stars! Dlamini with a strong cross from the right of the box and Jantjie tries to direct a header on target but cannot get over the ball enough!
45' Rodgers with a half-chance at the near post after great work from Jantjie down the left, but it's put behind for a corner kick by the Chippa defence. There will be one minute of added time.
45 + 1' The referee brings the first half to an end. Goalless at the break, nothing to separate the teams thus far.
46' The second half is underway
46' Free State Stars: Linda Bhengu replaces Sinethemba Jantjie
53' Rodgers is flagged offside as Stars look to build an attack early in the second half.
58' Free State Stars: Cesaire Gandze replaces Makhehlene Makhaula
60' Chippa United: Daine Klate replaces Kabelo Seakanyeng
62' A foul on Sangare in his own box as Chippa waste a good attacking opportunity from a free kick.
69' Chippa United: Ntshuxeko Ndlovu replaces Jabulani Shongwe
69' Rodgers with a glancing header from a corner kick which skids wide of the far post!
72' Paulus Masehe (Free State Stars) is cautioned.
72' Chippa United: Zaphaniah Mbokoma replaces Mark Mayambela
76' Chippa United: Lucky Setelele replaces Andile Mbenyane
78' Klate almost catches out the goalkeeper with a shot-cross which nearly creeps in at the near post!
81' Free State Stars: Maboke Matlakala replaces Harris Tchilimbou
84' Closing in on full time, looks like this game is headed for penalties!
85' Chippa United: Xolani Maholo replaces Sizwe Mdlinzo
89' Free State Stars: Olivier Kwizera replaces Badra Ali Sangare
90' There will be two minutes of added time.
90 + 2' Free State Stars: Siphelele Mthembu replaces Linda Bhengu
90 + 3' The referee blows the whistle for Full Time.
90 + 3' It ends 0-0 and we go to a penalty shootout to decide whether Chippa United or Free State Stars will face Kaizer Chiefs in the Maize Cup final later today!
90 + 4' Rooi Mahamutsa (Free State Stars) Penalty Shootout - Fail
90 + 4' Lucky Setelele (Chippa United) Penalty Shootout - Fail
90 + 4' Bengali Keita (Free State Stars) Penalty Shootout - Goal.
90 + 4' Thabo Nthethe (Chippa United) Penalty Shootout - Fail
90 + 4' Eleazar Rodgers (Free State Stars) Penalty Shootout - Goal.
90 + 4' Daine Klate (Chippa United) Penalty Shootout - Goal.
90 + 4' Siphelele Mthembu (Free State Stars) Penalty Shootout - Goal.
90 + 4' Boikanyo Nkomane (Chippa United) Penalty Shootout - Fail

Match Statistics

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CHIPPA UNITED GOALS FREE STATE STARS GOALS
17. Daine Klate (90 + 4') 9. Eleazar Rodgers (90 + 4')
21. Siphelele Mthembu (90 + 4')
22. Bengali Keita (90 + 4')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2
CHIPPA UNITED STARTING LINEUP FREE STATE STARS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
89'
23
47
Defender
90 + 4'
22
Defender
21
Defender
2
Defender
30
29
Midfielder
76'
7
Defender
25'
28
Midfielder
44
Midfielder
81'
27
Midfielder
69'
10
Midfielder
58'
4
Midfielder
60'
29
Midfielder
72'
5
Midfielder
72'
11
Midfielder
46'
11
Midfielder
85'
20
Midfielder
26
Midfielder
18
Forward/Striker
90 + 4'
9
SUBSTITUTIONS
Daine Klate
Midfielder
60'
17
Linda Bhengu
Midfielder
46'
36
Ntshuxeko Ndlovu
Midfielder
69'
12
Cesaire Gandze
Midfielder
58'
24
Zaphaniah Mbokoma
Midfielder
72'
26
Maboke Matlakala
Forward/Striker
81'
7
Lucky Setelele
Forward/Striker
76'
41
Olivier Kwizera
Goalkeeper
89'
1
Xolani Maholo
Midfielder
85'
33
Siphelele Mthembu
Forward/Striker
90 + 2'
21
CARDS
Rooi Mahamutsa
Defender
25'
28
Paulus Masehe
Midfielder
72'
5
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury