Students’ poor run continues
Posted: 5 December 2008 Time: 22:50
Bidvest Wits slumped to their third successive league defeat when they went down 3-2 to a rampant AmaZulu side in an Aba Premiership fixture at Milpark Stadium on Friday night.
Dumisani Ngwenya handed Usuthu the lead before an own goal by Masoeng Sillo leveled matters for the Students, who took the lead via a David De Oliveira strike, only for the visitors to rally back and secure the win through goals by Collins Chabalala and substitute Bradley Ritson.
This result for Wits comes on the back of defeats to Ajax Cape Town and Kaizer Chiefs and coach Roger de Sa needs to come up with a way to turn their fortunes around, and fast.
Ngwenya should have opened the scoring in the third minute when he outpaced the home defence and with only keeper Energy Murambadoro to beat, the 24-year-old striker sent his effort wide of goal.
However, the Usuthu striker made no mistake in the 15th minute following a superb counter-attacking move. But their lead was short-lived as the hosts leveled matters a mere three minutes later when Sillo’s attempted clearance of a Mulenga shot, ended up in the back of his own goal.
De Oliveira handed Wits the lead in the 33rd minute when he ran onto a superb pass by Phikolethu Spelman before sending his long range effort past Mashudu Mamphitha.
The score remained 2-1 at the break and Usuthu started the second half with all cylinders firing. The visitors got a deserved equaliser lead in the 53rd minute when Chabalala headed home from close range following a good cross by Sthembiso Dlamini.
Both teams then threw caution to the wind as they pushed more men forward in a bid to net the winning goal and both sides wasted several chances before AmaZulu substitute Ritson rose highest to head home Dlamini’s free-kick four minutes from the end to hand Usuthu a deserved victory, which moves them up to 11th place in the league, but that could all change come the end of the weekend, while the Students remain fifth on 17 points, but again, they could find themselves in the bottom half of the table come the end of Sunday’s games.