Wits up to third despite stalemate


Maritzburg United and Bidvest Wits cancelled out each other with a goalless draw in the Absa Premiership on Monday afternoon.

Bandile Shandu and Kwanda Mngonyama were United’s only changes from the clash with Mamelodi Sundowns, while Keegan Ritchie, Haashim Domingo and Terrence Dzvukamanja returned for Wits.

Maritzburg were penned back 14 minutes in when a shot from the right by Rowan Human needed a goal-line clearance from Nazeer Allie with Dzvukamanja’s follow-up effort also cleared off the line.

The Clever Boys didn’t give up just yet as Dzvukamanja opened space in the area before going over the top of Richard Ofori’s goal from point-blank range with the defence backing off.

As the halftime interval loomed, the Team of Choice nearly went ahead when a knock down by Judas Moseamedi released Tebogo Tlolane who saw his effort in the area deflected for a corner-kick.

Wits were on the front nine minutes in the second half when good play between Domingo and Thabang Monare released Human, who sent his effort inches wide of goal.

Monare, Domingo along with Kgaogelo Sekgota saw their afternoon come to an end after 57 minutes as Sameehg Doutie, Deon Hotto and Mpho Mathebula set into the fray, while The Team of Choice threw on Pogiso Sanoka and Keagan Buchanan a minute later.

Another goal-line clearance was needed from Maritzburg on 65 minutes when Doutie’s back-heeled attempt had the beating of Ofori but not of Daniel Morgan who scooped to safety.

Maritzburg were on the attack two minutes later when Buchanan released Thabiso Kutumela in on goal, but Ricardo Goss was quick off his line to abort the danger.

Both sides searched and searched for the elusive winner following the closing minutes, but it finished goalless in Tshwane.

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Confirmed line-ups:

Maritzburg: Ofori, Mngonyama, Morgan, Kutumela, De Reuck, Ntshangase, Shandu, Claasen, Allie, Tlolane, Moseamedi.

Subs: Mpandle, Sanoka, Buchanan, Timm, Hlongwane, Bongo Mbourou, Augusto, Bhengu

Wits: Goss; Ritchie, Gordinho, Hlatshwayo, Macheke, Monare, Nange, Domingo, Sekgota, Human, Dzvukamanja.

Subs: Mhlongo, Hotto, Hlanti, Doutie, Macuphu, Phillips, Mathebula, September, Mlonyeni.

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