MATCH CENTRE

WED 13 SEPTEMBER 2017, 19:30, BIDVEST STADIUM

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Wits’ stuttering start continues

by Graeme Jackson

Wed September 13, 21:27

Bidvest Wits’ stuttering start to the 2017/18 season continued on Wednesday night when they were beaten 3-1 by visitors Golden Arrows at the Bidvest Stadium.

The Absa Premiership champions have yet to win a match outright this season, and despite a league debut goal from Amr Gamal they succumbed to an Abafana Bes’thende team which had more power, speed and hunger for the three points.

Arrows had a strong shout for a penalty as early as the third minute when the speedy Kudakwashe Mahachi tore open Wits’ defence before tumbling under a challenge from Ben Motshwari, but the referee ignored their appeals.

That incident set the tone for a fast-paced, end-to-end first half in which the teams traded scoring chances - and some robust challenges.

The hosts should have claimed the lead in the 24th minute when Amr Gamal took advantage of mistake from Limbikani Mzava to tee up strike partner Frank Mhango, but the Malawian fluffed his chance and failed to test goalkeeper Nkosingiphile Gumede.

Arrows always looked dangerous due to their pace and power, and on 33 minutes Siphelele Magubane showed plenty of both to get the better of Siphelele Ntshangase down the left before handing Lerato Lamola a tap-in to put the visitors 1-0 up.

Just four minutes later the Clever Boys almost equalised, with Mhango denied by a superb save from Gumede, but the keeper was beaten less than 60 seconds later as Gamal turned the ball home from close range after great set-up work by his fellow forward, 1-1.

Wits coach Gavin Hunt opted for a double change at the start of the second half, sending on veteran Nazeer Allie and the mobile, attack-minded Kobamelo Kodisang.

The latter was at fault in the 55th minute when Arrows reclaimed the lead - Kodisang gave the ball away near the halfway line and allowed the visitors to surge forward on a counter attack which ended with Zolani Nkombelo firing a left-footed effort into the roof of the net to make it 2-1.

The hosts should have levelled up in the 73rd minute when a lofted cross from Allie found its way to the unmarked Gamal at the far post, but the Egyptian scooped his shot high over the target.

Six minutes later substitute Eleazar Rodgers had a free header after another fine cross - this time by Daylon Claasen - but his weak effort was easily saved by Gumede.

The missed chances came back to haunt Wits, who conceded a third goal in added time to substitute Nduduzo Sibiya, who superbly finished a great pass from Mahachi to wrap up the scoring at 3-1.

Bidvest Wits (1) 1 (Gamal 38’)
Golden Arrows (1) 3 (Lamola 33’, Nkombelo 55’, Sibiya 90+1’)

Wits: Josephs, Frosler (Kodisang 46’), Hlatshwayo, Damjanovic, Thlone, Claasen, Mlambo (Allie 46’), Ntshangase, Motshwari, Mhango (Rodgers 70’), Gamal

Arrows: Gumede, Mzava, Bilankulu, S. Dube, Mngwengwe, Nkombelo, Shongwe (Sibiya 68’), Magubane, Jooste (N. Cele 67’), Mahachi, Lamola (Mutizwa 81’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH BIDVEST STADIUM
BIDVEST WITS GOALS GOLDEN ARROWS GOALS
Amr Gamal (38') 41. Lerato Lamola (33')
Zolani Nkombelo (55')
25. Nduduzo Sibiya (90 + 1')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 1
BIDVEST WITS STARTING LINEUP GOLDEN ARROWS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
16
32
Defender
5
3
Defender
28
Midfielder
30
21
Midfielder
0
Defender
14
Midfielder
27
Midfielder
68'
22
Midfielder
46'
33
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
27
Midfielder
29'
46'
19
Midfielder
67'
17
Forward/Striker
38'
0
Midfielder
55'
0
Forward/Striker
70'
17
Forward/Striker
33'
54'
81'
41
SUBSTITUTIONS
Nazeer Allie
Defender
46'
2
Nkanyiso Cele
Midfielder
67'
8
Kobamelo Kodisang
Midfielder
46'
18
Nduduzo Sibiya
Midfielder
68'
25
Eleazar Rodgers
Forward/Striker
70'
9
Knox Mutizwa
Forward/Striker
81'
19
CARDS
Xola Mlambo
Midfielder
29'
19
Lerato Lamola
Forward/Striker
54'
41
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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