Wits draw at home
Posted: 19 August 2009 Time: 22:31
Calvin Kadi's rich vein of form continued when he scored, but it was spoiled by poor defending when Bidvest Wits allowed a stubborn Maritzburg United to snatch a point when the two teams drew 1-1 in an Absa Premiership match at the Bidvest Stadium on Wednesday night.
Fadlu Davids got the equalizer late in the game for United.
In the 65 minute Wits were awarded a penalty for a foul on Mark Haskins. Kadi took the penalty kick which was saved by Brendan Wardle, had they scored Wits would have been 2-0 up.
Scoring a brace in their League opener against AmaZulu two weeks ago, Kadi, who has now netted three goals in two matches, gave his team the lead in just the 26th minute of the first half.
But his defence, led by veteran Neil Winstanley, allowed substitute Fadlu Davids to level the matters in the 85th minute.
The match might have been played in freezing weather but it didn't dampen the spirit of the two teams as they searched for an early lead.
With the visitors sitting at the back and waiting for the Students to come at them, it took a while for the hosts to threaten.
And when they did, it was through Kadi, who connected brilliantly to winger Sfiso Myeni's cross in the 26th minute to give Wits their much needed lead.
And as Mark Haskins was a marvel to watch, particularly with his off-the-ball runs, United’s defence, marshalled by evergreen Serge Dikulu was given a torrid night.
Three minutes later, debutant Thando Mngomeni was unlucky when his thunderous left-shot went wide.
United, who were now relying on counter-attacks, were struggling to make decent passes. And it was Wits who threatened once again through troublesome Myeni, but like Mngomeni his shot went wide in the 32nd minute.
Wits continued where they left off in the second half with Haskins again in the thick of things but his well drilled shot went wide.
Sensing that his team will never score, the Team of Choice coach Igesund brought in Fadlu Davids for the ineffective Vito Badian but his contribution was minimal as Wits could not give them a chance in front of their goalkeeper Darren Keet.
United midfielder Noah Chivuta showed some glimpses of brilliance but his fierce shot went wide in the 70th minute.
Having run his socks off, Kadi was replaced by new signee Anderson Yoboue in the 72nd minute.
Game over it seemed, until Davids equalised to give Igesund a deserved point and leave De Sa reeling.