Onyango,Watenga fly Uganda’s flag high in Chippa vs Sundowns game

The hosts had the current Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Watenga Ismail keeping their goal while Sundowns employed the usual suspect and ex- Uganda skipper and number one Denis Onyango.

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Mamelodi Sundowns dropped points for the first time in the DStv Premiership this season following a goalless draw against Chippa United.

Despite ending 0-0, the game had one lighting moment especially to a Ugandan football fan. Both teams had their men in goal coming from the Pearl of Africa.

The hosts had the current Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Watenga Ismail keeping their goal while Sundowns employed the usual suspect and ex- Uganda skipper and number one Denis Onyango.

However, it was Watenga the busier among the two. He was called on to save his side as early as seven minutes into the game.

The travelling outfit pressed forward as the half-hour mark dawned and had Aubrey Modiba launch a first-time volley outside the area that didn’t trouble Watenga at all but ballooned over.

The Brazilians didn’t let up minutes into the second period, but continued to go forward and threaten the lead with a looping header in the area by Shalulile following a cross by Mothobi Mvala.

A stop in play five minutes from the break required Chippa to withdraw Sammy Seabi who had picked up a knock to bring the introduction of Siphesihle Mkhize.

With limited attacking stimulus, Sundowns drew three alterations albeit offensive from the bench towards the midway point of the second half in Kermit Erasmus, Gaston Sirino and Thapelo Morena.

Sirino looked to liven up the tempo of play minutes from his entrance with a right-footed strike outside the area that flew wide before a low free-kick from Lyle Lakay worked Watenga to a save.

A topsy-turvy closing spell had neither side able to get a firm hold on proceedings and to this end the match finished goalless in Gqeberha.

Confirmed line-ups:

ChippaWatenga Ismail, Mdunyelwa, Hanamub, Pietersen, Seabi, Mokhele, Mdlinzo, Dinge, Ngele, Zulu, Lebitso

Subs: Mtshali, Jodwana, Maloisane, Bienvenu, Matrose, Mkhize, Dickens, Lentjies, Kaukongo.

Sundowns: D. Onyango, Mudau, Lakay, De Reuck, G.Kekana, Mvala, Domingo, Coetzee, Modiba, Maema, Shalulile.

Subs: Mweene, Sirino,  Morena, B.Onyango, Erasmus, Jali, Mkhulise, Safranko, Vilakazi. (More report by Kick off media)

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