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19/02/2011 15:30

Aces on the verge of relegation

Posted: 19 February 2011 Time: 18:20

Mpumalanga Black Aces suffered yet another blow to their hopes of avoiding relegation after a 3-0 defeat Bidvest Wits on Saturday afternoon.

Goals from Mark Haskins, Sibusiso Vilakazi and Geoffrey Sserunkuma extended the Clever Boys’ recent run of form which has seen them rack up four straight wins, scoring an impressive 14 goals in that streak.

That kind of form is something AmaZayoni can only dream of. They remain rooted to the bottom of the table with just eight points from 21 matches and need a miracle if they to beat the drop.

The first shot in anger came in the eighth minute from Aces’ Joseph Makhanya, who cut inside from the right and hit a left-footed effort that went over the crossbar without bothering Darren Keet.

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Thabang Rooi, Bafo Biyela and Joseph Henyekane – returning to the starting XI after his recent Awol spell – all tried their luck from long range as the visitors managed to force the Clever Boys onto the back foot for most of the first half.

However, it was Wits who were the first to get an effort on target, with Sifiso Myeni forcing Francis Chansa into a sharp save in the 28th minute.

And just two minutes later Haskins put the home team ahead, beating Chansa with a low shot from the edge of the area that nestled into the bottom left corner of the net.

Wits had a great chance to double their lead just before the break, with Derrick Spencer getting on the end of a corner kick from Myeni, but he was unable to get his header on target.

AmaZayoni had a decent chance to draw themselves level in the 67th minute when Makhanya was presented with a shooting opportunity in the penalty area, but the on-loan Orlando Pirates midfielder hit his effort straight at Keet.

Wits punished the visitors by extending their lead with just over a quarter-hour to play. Sifiso Vilakazi set-up his namesake Sibusiso Vilakazi, who crashed home the Clever Boys’ second goal to effectively wrap-up the points for Roger de Sa’s team.

Another substitute, Sserunkuma, put the cherry on top for Wits, netting in the last minute of regulation time with a header at the near post after a cross from Myeni on the right flank.

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