Massa double sinks Ea Lla Koto
Posted: 4 December 2013 Time: 19:05
University of Pretoria attacker Geofrey Massa bagged an early brace as AmaTuks beat Free State Stars 3-1 in the Premiership on Wednesday night.
Massa was later joined on the scoresheet by teammate Atusaye Nyondo, while Katlego Mashego pulled one back for Ea Lla Koto at Tuks Stadium.
AmaTuks coach Steve Barker made only one change to the side that beat AmaZulu at the weekend; Mpho Matsi returned to the starting line-up in place of Siyabonga Shoyisa. As a result Buhle Mkhwanazi moved from midfield to his more conventional role at the heart of defence.
Stand-in Stars mentor Themba Sithole made three changes to the outfit that lost 2-0 to Kaizer Chiefs - under former boss Steve Komphela - on Saturday. Mongezi Bobe, Soriola Gege and Lucky Mokoena were all included in the starting XI, while former Tuks marksman Mthokozisi Yende failed to make the match-day squad.
The hosts got off to the perfect start, with Massa striking twice before some fans could find their seats.
The sturdy Ugandan fired a powerful free-kick from just outside the area past Daniel Agyei in the fourth minute before tapping in from close range seconds later after a defensive mix-up gifted him the ball.
Ea Lla Koto nearly narrowed the early deficit in the seventh minute through Bobe. The former Black Leopards skipper’s curling free-kick had Washington Arubi beaten, but not the post.
The early goals meant Stars had to attack from early on, something that seemed to suit the hosts who played on the counter.
Either side had opportunities to add to the score line but neither was able to trouble the net again before the break.
Tuks made it 3-0 from the penalty spot five minutes into the second stanza. Nyondo was brought down inside the area by Sibusiso Mthethwa, who had just entered the pitch. The Malawian brushed himself off, stepped up and coolly slotted the ball past Agyei.
The visitors reduced the deficit in the 75th minute through Mashego. Danny Venter neatly played his free-kick attempt into the path of an unmarked Mashego, who made no mistake with his first time effort.
Stars piled on the pressure in the final few minutes but Tuks held on to climb up to 10th on the log. The defeat demotes Ea Lla Koto to 13th.