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Moroka Swallows beat Bidvest Wits 3-1

Posted: 15 October 2011 Time: 17:14

Siyabonga Nomvete scored twice as Moroka Swallows recorded a 3-1 away win over Bidvest Wits on Saturday afternoon.

Nomvete cancelled out a superb opening goal from the Clever Boys’ Ryan Chapman to leave the score at 1-1 at the break.

He then notched up his second with just 12 minutes to play and Mpho Maleka added a third as the Birds continued their fine form – this is a fourth win from their last five matches.

But Wits will rue a penalty miss by Stanton Fredericks with the score at 2-1.

Wits got off to the best possible start, opening the scoring after just three minutes through Chapman, who rifled home a cracking left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area.

The Birds made it 1-1 in the 43rd minute when Nomvete bundled the ball home from close range, taking advantage of a mistimed header from the usually reliable Mbulelo Mabizela.

The teams continued to cancel each other out until the last 12 minutes when Swallows went ahead for the first time. Nomvete scored a fine solo goal, gliding beyond Derrick Spencer with his pace before beating Energy Murambadoro at his near post with a crisp finish.

The Clever Boys had an immediate opportunity to equalise when they were gifted a soft penalty. However, substitute Fredericks saw his casually-taken effort saved by Greg Etafia – the man who had been harshly penalised for a supposed foul on Sibusiso Vilakazi.

The Birds then killed off the game in the 81st minute, cutting Wits apart on the counter-attack beforeMaleka coolly finished off the chance to make it 3-1 and secure a fine away win for the Soweto side.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 05:39 pm
What a win swallows cn tak anythng
posted: 05:44 pm
The birds are in full flight.siyabonga bhele.birds u beauty
posted: 05:48 pm
That's more like it Swai-swai. Make sure now that you wont be relegation candidates
posted: 05:57 pm
Great win guys and congratulations. i think Gordon is slowly but surely rebuilding the new nest for the birds. lets not get carried away cause is still early days but the way things looks, we might find oursrlves smiling at the end of the season.
posted: 05:59 pm
Congratulations to Swallows, they played well and most importantly took their chances. What more do we need to say about Nomvethe? The man plays like a 25 year old. Gordon has a very experienced squad not old squad, note the difference. That goal that Maleka scored, Shabba was gonna miss it, even Mbuyane
posted: 06:03 pm
Please guys tell Farouk that Nergadze is one of the best player in the psl. i was so dissapointed by the way he slammed him
posted: 06:04 pm
Experienced/Intelligent players place the ball where the goalkeeper can't reach, while inexperienced ones blasts the b@lls at goal with no direction. A lot of young strikers can learn from the experienced(Bhele, Maleka, Mphela)
posted: 06:10 pm
peter:2011-10-15 18:03

Everyone is entitled to their own opinions of the player(s).

I also don't like his playing abilities, he is very complacent and gives the ball away easily. The same with Rodrigues from Wits. We need to bring quality from outside SA not ordinary players
posted: 06:26 pm
Maphuti, i concur, everyone is entitled to his opionion but if you have been following this player since he came in the nest you'l agree with me that he's been doing well and i think he is jst being overlooked. what else do we look in a player cause i think he's got almost all the qualities we need in a play; he can pass,take on one;two players and can also head and his shooting abilities isnt that bad compared to other players in the pls.
posted: 07:03 pm
I am happy 2 b hving swallows in my heart n jst luv wat da team is doing, as 4 dat Farouk commentator, He ws jst talkng kak abwt Nergadze, @ swallws we dnt expect players 2 b perfect every tym coz we understand da game of futbol. Nergadze is 1 of da best players we've got in our squad, very solid at da back, which is wat we want. I cnt 4get da important goal He scored against Aces on da gme dat saved us frm relegation last seasn. I am glad our coach is nt stupid lyk dat fool Farouk. I am a happy swai man n lukng 4wad 2 da next 3 points frm Ajax. Dnt 4lo me 4lo da birds.
posted: 08:34 pm
up the Birds, I was there to witness the killing of the students at their back yard, UP The BIRDS!
posted: 10:23 pm
i hope pitso is watching nomvethe's sharpness,this is his 2nd brace,i dnt know why pitso hates nomvete,th country needs nomvete to saught out th goalscoring problem,w hv bn telling pitso to call players based on current form,nt to say,i want to keep th same players till 2014,pitso has no plan b.....england n greece hv done this...but why pitso,why dnt u listen to s.africans?
posted: 10:50 pm
this hurts a lot,pitso called many injured players,leaving onform players like nomvete,...
Bafana xi:
.....this team can never loose,jali n manyisa r th best combination in th country,u can opt for a new combination 2nd half of shabba n yeye,keeping nomvete around them,u'l c th results....
posted: 10:51 pm
I agree wit u ayo, Pitso has a privilege of selectng on-form players 4 each n every game he plays bt he stl opts 4 off-form players n sum overseas based bench warmers n thnks he cn win gmes. He is stl goin 2 celebrate draws coz dats da best results hez gna get since he cms nt 2 understand da national team set up. Dez no age restriction 4 playng 4 bafana bafana bt he stl leaves on-form players due 2 their age. Jst luk at wat swallows is doing wit old players, it jst proves da fact dat age daz nt play soccer bt da man plays. I hope Gordon cn stop trying 2 focus on building a young squad n focus on retaining a wining squad irrespective of age coz players cum n go at any tym. We lost gud young players 2 richer clubs in da psl so y worry abwt developing players who wl leave 4 beta pay in any case. Dnt 4lo me 4lo da birds. I am happy 2 be a swai swai.
posted: 11:44 pm
Namvethe kuguga othandayo
posted: 08:14 am
Well done swallows, the team ıs ımprovıng ı hope we wıll ıntroduce the young players ın the process. My blood ıs always maroon and whıte tıll Jomo cosmos fıres theır coach. Lets us take one game at the tıme.
posted: 08:20 am
Hola lapho! Swallows is impruving I'm hppy dt we slowly finding our tune nd no teams wl take points awya 4rm us eazly thngs hv change, let's nt carrid away cos stl early bt we mst continue wt ds fine form I biliv we cn finish Top3 wt silverware end of d czin, hayyi kabi ngibuyisa induku lol plus Sundowns u owe us we gunning 4 u,Bhele stl wnt 2 re pay u dt 2 clear cut chances he missed d Wits 1 wz jst a practice preparing u,ds tym we gt a plan nd wl b xcecuted accordingly,dnt warry nappies wl b around d stadium in case some of u mimic screamer seeing Lekwane score. Ghhaaaa ddnt I tl u nt 2 4lw me jst 4low d Birds coz I 4low dem u wl b walkng on d rite path. Gordon nd playas r doing a nyc job so far kip it up Swai 4eva
posted: 08:24 am
nomvete took swallows to th telkom knockout final ,then helped them avoid relegation thru his heroics,hardwork n humbleness,...i rememba what h did in afcon 2002 in nigeria,where w knocked ghana at extra time,h put a strong header so w can go to semi finals,....just imagine what responsibility h can take for bafana bafana,.....u just cant compare majoro with nomvete,pitso bafana bafana is nt an academy to learn,th country is want goals,n u know who can score , its bhele,h puts pressure on any defender,pls stop being biassed or favouring....now u should do exactly what w as th people of s.a africa want,...before w tell u to leave bafana,...mayb u r nt aware,s.a wants shakes mashaba,even players want shakes,young n old players,...shakes mashaba is th best coach in mzansi,h represented africa in olympics,h did well in bafana as coach,came with silver in all africa games recently,what has pitso done?....vision 2014.
posted: 08:40 am
bhele is a fighter,..isithwalandwe,a patriot,indoda yoqobo,...u'v made 2 braces in a row,congratulations for yo efforts.....w know it has nt bn that easy for u,bt u'v made it,...w watched u when u won prizes last season,...igesund,u r a lucky man too,th squad that u'v assembled is a bunch of players that were overlooked by useless psl coaches,like...chabangu,matebula,nomvete,sibaya...this team is quality caus it has experience,n it wl go all th way this season,might evn surprise with a trophy....khosi 4 life..
posted: 08:49 am
yes nomvete can b th leading goalscorer,if h can keep focused......but lets pray h does nt get injured,caus somali pirates wl break his bones,..legkwati n jele n mabena....
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