Chippa United registered a 2-0 win over Free State Stars in an Absa Premiership clash played at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Chilli Boys remained sixth on the league standings following their win, while Ea Lla Koto drop eighth spot on the log.

The match got off to a lively start with Ea Lla Koto enjoying more possession in the opening stages of the league encounter.

Stars midfielder Nhlanhla Vilakazi fired the first shot at goal four minutes into the game and his attempt went wide of the target.

In the 11th minute, the visitors were forced to substitute injured full-back Reuben Thebakang and he was replaced by winger Mothusi Gopane.

The first shot on target came in the 25th minute when Chippa striker Aristide Bance forced Stars goalkeeper Daouda Diakite into an easy save from range.

As the game progressed the Chilli Boys began playing possession football, but Ea Lla Koto were determined to press the home side in their own half.

On-loan Kaizer Chiefs striker David Zulu suffered a leg injury in the 37th minute and was eventually replaced by Chippa midfielder Buyani Sali six minutes later.

Chippa broke the deadlock through Xola Mlambo, who scored with a first time, with a shot inside the box following a cross from the right three minutes before the halftime break.

Burkina Faso international striker Bance nearly beat his countryman Diakite in Stars goal a minute after the restart, but the latter made a comfortable save.

Diakite was forced to make two great saves in the 50th minute. The keeper denied Sali with a low save, before parrying away Joseph Molangoane’s shot from close range.

At the other end Stars striker Ayanda Nkosi unleashed a powerful shot from range in the 62nd minute and Chippa keeper Daniel Akpeyi made a comfortable save.

Former Arab Contractors keeper Diakite produced a fantastic save six minutes later when he tipped over Chippa captain James Okwuosa’s header.

Nevertheless, Chippa did double their lead in 72nd minute when Nkosinathi Mthiyane finished off a low pass from Sali following a great build up by the home side.

With nine minutes left on the clock, Mthiyane nearly grabbed his brace, but his shot from range was deflected out for a corner-kick.

In the end, Chippa held into their lead and they emerged 2-0 winners on the day. This was the Chilli Boys’ third consecutive league victory.

Chippa United (1) 2 (Mlambo 43′, Mthiyane 72′)

Free State Stars (0) 0

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