Mamelodi Sundowns were held to a 1-1 draw by Chippa United at the Nelson Mandela Stadium on Wednesday night, the hosts getting the equaliser seconds before referee Victor Gomes blew for full time.
It had looked like the Brazilians would walk away with the maximum points having taken the lead through Lebo Maboe around the 35th minute, but a Motjeka Madisha own goal saved the Chilli Boys their blushes. Following the draw, coach Pitso Mosimane’s men have now collected four points from their opening two Absa Premiership matches.
Sundowns had started brightly, putting Chippa under pressure with Sibusiso Vilakazi, Gaston Sirino and Maboe threatening.
And there was a debut for our recent signing Sammy Seabi, who gave a good account of himself and was unfortunate to be forced off the park by an injury in the 73rd minute – his place taken by Tiyani Mabunda.
Downs took the lead after a bit of a scramble to clear the ball in the penalty box, Zwane managing to poke the ball in Maboe’s direction. Unmarked, the club’s league top goal scorer picked a spot and put the ball past goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb with ease.
With the clock ticking, and Sundowns edging closer to a second successive win in the league, Chippa bounced back to level matters.
Kurt Lentjies sent in a corner that bobbled around the box before Meshack Maphangule’s shot was deflected into the net by Madisha to make it 1-1.
How Downs lined-up
Denis Onyango, Mosa Lebusa, Motjeka Madisha, Tebogo Langerman, Thapelo Morena, Sammy Seabi, Hlompho Kekana, Themba Zwane, Gaston Sirino, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Lebo Maboe