Chippa United held Mamelodi Sundowns to a 1-1 draw in an Absa Premiership game at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in East London on Tuesday night.
The draw sees the Brazilians remain fifth on the league standings, while the Chilli Boys climb up to eighth spot on the table.
The Brazilians enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the opening stages of the game as they looked to penetrate the Chilli Boys’ defence.
Sundowns winger Yannick Zakri made a run from the left cutting inside, before forcing goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi into a decent save at the near post three minutes into the game.
But the Nigeria international was beaten 16 minutes later when stand-in captain Wayne Arendse controlled the ball beautifully inside the Chippa box, before firing home to make it 1-0 to Sundowns.
The home side then took control of the match with Chippa centre forward Rhulani Manzini keeping the Sundowns defence very busy with his good runs near the box.
The former Platinum Stars striker was fouled just outside the Sundowns box by Soumahoro Bangaly in the 23rd minute and Manzini fired the resultant free-kick inches wide of the target.
Chippa were awarded a penalty 12 minutes later after hard-tackling defender Arendse was adjudged to have fouled diminutive midfielder Buyani Sali inside the Sundowns box.
Manzini got the goal he had been looking for as he stepped up and sent Sundowns keeper Wayne Sandilands the wrong way to make it 1-1 with the halftime break fast approaching.
The Brazilians managed to contain the Chilli Boys until the match referee Victor Gomes blew the halftime whistle with the score locked at 1-1.
The visitors came close to restoring their lead four minutes into the second half when Fares Hachi’s perfect cross found unmarked Teko Modise, who slammed the ball over the crossbar from close range.
The former Orlando Pirates talisman Modise was replaced by Thapelo Morena in the 63rd minute as the defending league champions looked to regain full control of the game.
Themba Zwane, who opened the scoring during Sundowns’ 6-0 win over Pirates over the weekend, set up Leonardo Castro, whose tame shot was easily saved by Akpeyi from close range with 13 minutes left.
Chippa substitute Linda Shiba, who was lively in the dying minutes, had a chance to snatch a late winner for his side in the 88th minute, but his attempt was brilliantly saved by Sandilands at the near post.
Chippa and Sundowns were unable to find the winning goal in the late stages of the game and they settled for a 1-1 draw on the night.
Chippa (1) 1 (R.Manzini 36′)
Sundowns (1) 1 (Arendse 18′)
Chippa: Akpeyi, Thopola, Bergman, Chabalala, Mako, Sangweni, Zuke, Bereng, Masuku (P.Zulu 92′), Sali (Mbokoma 85′), R.Manzini (Shiba 82′).
Sundowns: Sandilands, Ngcongca, Hachi, Bangaly, Arendse, Mohomi, Mabunda, Modise (Morena 63′), T.Zwane (Mbekile 83′), Zakri (Langerman 72′), Castro.