Wits third after edging Aces
Posted: 26 November 2014 Time: 20:28
Bidvest Wits moved into third spot on the Absa Premiership standings following their 2-1 win over Mpumalanga Black Aces at Mbombela Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Christopher Katongo and Buhle Mkhwanazi scored for the visitors, while Abia Nale’s penalty was not enough to stop AmaZayoni from suffering their second successive home defeat.
Clive Barker rang the changes as Aces aimed to bounce back from their 2-1 loss at the weekend, and the former Bafana Bafana mentor made no fewer than four changes to the side that lost to Polokwane City.
His opposite number Gavin Hunt, meanwhile, named the same team that beat Free State Stars on Saturday.
The visitors got off to the perfect start as Christopher Katongo continued his fine form in front of goal, finding the back of the net with a right-footed effort from just outside the area in the 10th minute.
Things went from bad to worse for AmaZayoni in the 25th minute as Buhle Mkhwanazi headed Jabulani Shongwe’s pinpoint corner-kick past Jackson Mabokgwane, who had no chance.
The Aces faithful had something to shout about three minutes later as Nale pulled one back for the home side. The former Kaizer Chiefs man sent Moeneeb Josephs the wrong way from the spot after Kees Kwakman handled the ball inside the area.
Chances continued to come thick and fast for both sides after the break, with Tendai Ndoro the main protagonist for the home side.
Despite all of Aces’ attacking movement, it was their opponents who were unfortunate not to increase their lead as first Sthembiso Ngcobo and then Onismor Bhasera saw their efforts clip the framework in the final half-hour.
Wits ultimately held on to secure their second win in five days and move into third spot, while Aces slip out of the top eight.
HOME: Mpumalanga Black Aces
Coach: Clive Barker
Formation: four four two
AWAY: Bidvest Wits
Coach: Gavin Hunt
Formation: four three three