Wits stunned at Loftus Versfeld

Wits stunned at Loftus Versfeld
Percy Tau of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Sifiso Hlanti of Bidvest Wits during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits at Loftus Stadium, Pretoria South Africa on 25 February 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by BackPageTXT

Saturday Feb 25, 2017. 20:12

Bidvest Wits’ winning run came to an end when they lost 2-0 to Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Saturday night.

Goals in each half from Hlompho Kekana and Sibusiso Vilakazi saw the Clever Boys failing to bag the full three points.

In the wake of the loss, Gavin Hunt's men are still leading the log table at number one with 34 points from 16 matches.

The first 10 minutes of the contest saw both sides fighting to dominate the proceedings, but it was the Clever Boys who came close in the fourth minute when Gabadinho Mhango was picked out by Nazeer Allie and the Malawian's header went narrowly wide.

The affair became physical for both sides, but Percy Tau nearly gave the hosts the lead when he saw his volley on the run missing the target in the 16th minute.

The hosts were awarded a set piece in the 38th minute and skipper Kekana produced a stunning thunderbolt to beat goalkeeper Darren Keet on his left post.

Midfielder Thabang Monare wanted to pull one back for the visitors as he received a loose ball on the d-line, yet the midfielder's well struck effort went wide.

The Brazilians went to the tunnel leading by an odd goal courtesy of Kekana's set piece and the hosts pushed forward in search of their second goal.

Vilakazi unleashed a powerful shot first time from a lovely turn on the edge of the box, forcing Keet to produce a fine save in the 66th minute.

It was the African champions all over Wits towards the last 20 minutes as they dictated the proceedings and Thulani Hlatshwayo attempted an acrobatic effort which went off Wayne Sandilands' posts.

With three minutes to go, Sandilands came to the league champions' rescue when he denied Cuthbert Malajila from close range.

In the 90th minute, Tau broke free as he outran the Students' defence for him to set up Vilakazi, who easily made it 2-0 into an empty net.

Following the win, Pitso Mosimane's men ensure they move up to the third spot on the log table with 32 points from 14 league matches.

Mamelodi Sundowns (1) 2 (Kekana 40', Vilakazi 90')
Bidvest Wits 0

Mamelodi Sundowns: Onyango (Sandilands 22'), Soumahoro, Langerman, Arendse, Mabunda, Vilakazi, Morena, Zwane (Nascimento 82'), Kekana, Tau, Zakri (Castro 67')

Bidvest Wits: Keet, Hlatshwayo, Allie, Hlanti, Mkhwanazi, Klate (Uzoenyi 60'), Pelembe, Scott, Keene (Malajila 82'), Monare, Mhango (Mahlambi 59')


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