Aces win, Mbesuma tops the charts
Posted: 21 May 2016 Time: 14:11
Mpumalanga Black Aces edged out Free State Stars 1-0 in an Absa Premiership clash played at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Saturday afternoon.
AmaZayoni leapfrogged Kaizer Chiefs into fourth position in the Absa Premiership standings following their win, while Ea Lla Koto slipped down to spot number 12 on the league log.
The home side began the match brightly and they managed to score barely two minutes into the game through Eddie Ngalo's finish.
Ea Lla Koto had a chance to equalise from a corner-kick in the 20th minute, but Aces’ defence did well to clear Nyiko Tshabangu's effort from the set-piece.
AmaZayoni managed to contain Ea Lla Koto until the match referee blew for half-time. The former were leading 1-0 during the break.
In the 59th minute, Aces head coach Muhsin Ertugral made a tactical change, introducing Bhongolethu Jayiya for Bryce Moon.
Ashraf Hendricks was having a good game at the heart of the Aces defence, containing Stars striker Ayanda Nkosi who had netted in their previous competitive game.
Both teams launched late attacks in search of a late goal, but it never came and Aces emerged 1-0 winners.
No goals from any of Collins Mbesuma's rivals in the other matches means the Zambian finishes the season as the top scorer in the league on 14 goals.
HOME: Mpumalanga Black Aces
Coach: Muhsin Ertugral
AWAY: Free State Stars
Coach: Giovanni Solinas