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Wits beat Sundowns after own-goal

Posted: 14 November 2010 Time: 17:36

Bidvest Wits beat Sundowns 1-0 in an Absa Premiership match at Mbombela Stadium on Sunday.

A gutsy display by Bidvest Wits secured them a well-earned 1-0 win over Mamelodi Sundowns in an action packed Absa Premiership match at the Mbombela Stadium on Sunday.

The three points were secured via old-fashioned graft and some fine goalkeeping from Darren Keet, who saved a penalty from Elias Pelembe after the Students had taken a first half lead thanks to James Mayinga’s own goal.

Downs settled into their rhythm early on and for the first 10 minutes it was Wits who were having to work extremely hard to close down space.

The Tshwane side however failed to find much penetration and Wits keeper Keet only had a couple of routine saves to make.

But around the 14 minute mark the Students began to show signs that they were not at the game just to make up the numbers, signalled by Asive Langwe’s shot being blocked on the line by James Mayinga.

The Clever Boys quickly began to grow in confidence as their blistering attacks began to show cracks in the Sundowns rearguard – the pace of their counter-attacks was simply awesome.

And in the 17th minute Wits were ahead when a dangerous square ball from Tshabangu was turned into the net for an own goal by Mayinga.

The Johannesburg side did not let up there – they continued to attack, exposing Sundowns every time the team in yellow lost the ball – the large pitch seeming to assist Wits in their swift forays.

There were half chances as Sifiso Vilakazi and Sifiso Myeni fired over from just outside the box.

And just before the break it was nearly 2-0 as another telling counter resulted in Tshabangu unleashing from a tight angle, only to be denied by a fine save by Wayne Sandilands.

Sundowns started the second half looking fired up, but had to wait until the 62nd minute for their first real chance which saw Nyasha Mushekwi’s shot cleared off the line by Brad Philips.

There was more heroic defending from Wits six minutes later.

Having conceded a penalty for a foul on Mushekwi, Wits keeper Darren Keet redeemed himself in the best possible way by saving Pelembe’s spot kick.

Downs continued to come at Wits, but it was only in the 90th minute that they really came close – Richard Henyekane unleashed a rocket of a 25-yarder, but Keet was up to the task, ensuring the three points with a breathtaking acrobatic save.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 07:25 am
Firstly i wuld like to Tnx Wits for bring they home game to Mbombela stadiu,this stadiu nids to be utilez like evry other stadiu pity MPUMALANGA BLK ACES dnt fill the same, and also congratulate wits for gud dissplay they dished out yesterday.
As for Sundowns, i think we have a problm that is hunting us, our coach is not utilizing the talent that we have, we'v bin crying out loud for some players to rest and give others a chance, for example, Booth nid to be rest the is old now he cant run with the pace of this yungestez, i dont c the point of playing Nyandoro nd Moriri while they are of form nd tired, we nid to utiliz our talent
For me we have a better team that can beat any team in the PSL its jst that our coach is nt using them coretly, as for Mayinga i realy dnt understand wht is he doing at Sundowns.
Surely i dnt see us winning any silver wear this season unless things change.
posted: 08:04 am
27/11/10 Absa Premiership Mamelodi Sundowns v Black Aces..... let's focus on the next 3 points

posted: 08:10 am
We just never had a plan for this game. No Plan, no Victory. My advise, stay the hell away from this lone striker approach, Iron to Iron from the first whisle. Wits had never had that strong midfielders so why packing it? Mayinga can't handle the pressure, either train him or don't field him. Nevertheless, Good performance as always by the boys, it just wasn't the day. Pick yourselves up and continue.
Sundowner Classics
posted: 08:20 am
Even if its too early, but please, Sundowns my team. You are the only team I love and suppport here in SA. Please make us proud and stop handing us heartache and dissapointment. We sundowns supporters wants to see seriousness from players. I know we can win this league. Guys mostly players. We need you to up your games. work more than you ussually work. Harder and smarter please. These silly mistakes from the back must totally be eliminated. Its time to work hard and we can make it, hard work is only the way that will reward us
posted: 08:32 am
why this pakistanian coach start with the defensive approach, he keep changing the team every now and then why, last two match cale was watching the match on the stand yesterday he's there, moriri too slow when they attack, why khenyeza was benched, where is khumalo, mphela, mmotong, mokoena, zothwane, vilakazi. recently why mayinga, pelembe, booth, nyandoro starting the game. I'm sure this afganistanian coach is not right man to lead abafana bestayela there were saying he was doing the job over the bulgarian hristo stochkov but now is not proving it.
posted: 08:48 am
Eish hardluck maBrazil and better luck next time. Now mentally retarded chips fans like Tzozo are already talking crapp. Tzozo we are indeed not one of SA's big teams but ARE South Africa's most successful club having won 5 PSL Titles ever since the inception of PSL in 1996 and have won the league 8 times since our promotion in 86. A team's success is not measured based on the number of its fans or how talkative its fans are, or the number of plastic cups they win, but it is measured according to the championships they win. We are now challenging for our 9th championship in 24 years.
posted: 08:51 am
Take a look at Italy's Juventus (if anigcini ukubuka le-Fried Chips). They are Italy's most successful as they have won the italian serie A the most number of times, ahead of the Milan giants AC and Inter despite them having won more plastic trophies than Juventus.
posted: 09:28 am
As for the penalties firstly it was Cheeseboy,now Pelembe...I dont know if they really practice them...only god knows why Lopez starts the ever running Kenyeza on the bench...I gues we must play 3-4-3 cause in Booth we are minus a player...Matti must concentrate as he is giving away possession unnesesarily...Mayingas sangoma must be one of the best if not the greatest...ay we will bounce back Madawana
posted: 09:29 am
I would like to offer the following advice to Mr Habas:
Xulu is a central defender and not a right back.He doesnt posses the speed nor the skill to be efective in that position.
Why are you insisting on Madala Mayinga when the team has spent so much money purchasing Khumalo.
Recommend that Nyandoro coach one of the youth teams and play Zothwane in his place.
Finally, I think the hype that surrounded Mushekwis first few games at Downs went to his head.
posted: 10:30 am
hehehehe Where was Vuyo?
posted: 11:50 am
Sundowns is a K.A.K. team, I fcukin' quite this team with no vision. Instead of a vision, they have fantacies. I will take my car for a nice wash, kindly ask those boys to remove that sticker on the back.

This team will never win a thing until Motsepe sells it to someone who is clued up in running a soccer team.

Although I don't support any team now, I'm keeping my username and will live to diss Sundowns, until they get a new coach. No one humilates me and get away with it.
Sundowner Classics
posted: 11:52 am
This time I really feel deep pain from the stress and dissapointment that sundowns is giving to us supporters. I could see also on the TV that supporters are bearing a huge amount of pain these days. I hope players take this very seriously and try to work extraordinarily to make changes. Otherwise we will run out of pa...tience. As for Habas, He still have not proved himself to us that he is better than Stoichkov. Everyone, from management through to players must sacrifice their time, effort, passion for the sake of all of us. We are hungry and thirsty for success, It have been taking more years now without any silver ware. We will wake up when its approaching 10 yrs without a trophy and that will be bad for the callibre of sundowns. Please, I hope someone take this issue seriously please.
posted: 03:11 pm
Dear Mr Chairman can u plz fire Habas before it too late,this coach doesnt have what Downs need. Please Mr Motsepe otherwise we wont see Championship coming in Chroorkop this season.
posted: 03:52 pm
MaBrazilian, it's not Habas's job to teach people like Mayinga and Vuyo Mere under-16 clearance tactics. It's either we field Sbusiso Khumalo or buy a new leftback come the January transfer, but get rid of lenkomo ewu-James Mayinga. Habas is the right man to take us to the champ's league next year
posted: 03:57 pm
No Busani bra, you can't just abandon us like this. Let's give it time maybe uHabas lona usozuka udaka emehlweni and realise that Mayinga is the weak link. Look at the game against Maritzburg United. Both goals, including various crosses were coming from his side. Obada won the battle against him 100%, kobekela kuphi ke when we play the likes of Zamalek and Al-Ahly next year? The only thing we need to do is get rid of Mayinga
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