Chamanga wins it for Swallows
James Chamanga scored a goal in the dying minutes of the match to help Moroka Swallows beat Black Leopards in an Absa Premiership match at Germiston Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Both teams started the match well, but it was Swallows who had the better chances in the first half.
The 'Birds' almost drew first blood as early as the sixth minute, when Lefa Tsutsulupa's shot was blocked by Alpheus Kekana.
But 'Lidoda Duvha' were quick to reply as they came close to opening their account in the 11th minute, when a shot by Myron Shongwe went wide.
Evans Gwekwerere and Sandile Ndlovu twice came close to putting the 'Birds' in the lead in the 12th and 15th minute respectively, but both players sent their shots wide of goals.
Lefa Tsutsulupa then took a long range shot that went wide in the 44th minute - leaving the score at 0-0 at half-time.
Swallows continued to pile on the pressure on Leopards in the second half and they almost opened the scoring in the 58th minute, but Japhet Zwane's header went wide.
Robert Ng'ambi almost punished Swallows a minute later, but his shot was saved by Aubrey Mathibe.
The self-same Mathibe did well again to deny Shongwe in the 70th minute after a nice build-up from the back.
Substitute Sibusiso Themba almost registered his name in the scoresheet two minutes later when he took a snap shot towards goals, but his shot was saved by Mashudu Mamphitha.
Then, just when everyone thought the game would end in a goalless draw, James Chamanga scored for Swallows with a brilliant header from a cross by Themba.
Moroka Swallows (4-3-3): Aubrey Mathibe, Ivan Winstanley, James Mayinga, Bevan Fransman, Goodman Mazibuko, Lefa Tsutsulupa, Mark Haskins (Patrick Thwala 76), Japhet Zwane, James Chamanga, Sandile Ndlovu (Sibusiso Themba 58), Evans Gwekwerere (Alton Meiring 54).
Black Leopards (4-4-2): Mashudu Mamphitha, Peter Mponda, Wonani Mulaudzi (Jabulani Maluleke 63), Mayasisilua Lubanzadio, Eric Ramavhale, Thabiso Hlalele, Alpheus Kekana, Robert Ng'ambi, Fisher Kondowe (Christopher Netshidzivhe 84), Walter Ramulondi (Collins Chabalala 71), Myron Shongwe.