MATCH CENTRE

SAT 16 DECEMBER 2017, 20:15, BIDVEST STADIUM

0
VS
1

Bidvest Wits end 2017 rooted at the bottom of the table

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sat December 16, 22:38

Bidvest Wits dismal Absa Premiership season continued as they lost 1-0 to Platinum Stars at Bidvest Stadium on Saturday night.

The loss for coach Gavin Hunt's men sees them languishing at the bottom of the table with 11 points from 15 games.The defending champions have suffered seven defeats.

For Dikwena, an early goal through from Robert Ng’ambi gave the Phokeng-based outfit something to smile about heading into the Christmas break as the climbed out of the relegation zone.

he hosts had the upper hand in the opening exchanges as they kept pressure on Dikwena, yet the visitors remained resolute in defence.

A perfect opportunity fell to Frank Mhango in the 13th minute, but the Malawian missed from inside the area after a neat header into his path by Thulani Hlatshwayo.

Four minutes later, Stars grabbed the lead when Ng’ambi found the back of the net with a towering header from a corner-kick to give the visitors the lead against the run of play.

The hosts came close to pulling level just after the half-hour mark as Thabang Monare saw his effort canon off the woodwork following a period of sustained pressure.

Stars, though, did just about enough to hold a 1-0 lead at the break.

With 12 minutes to go, Eleazar Rodgers had a great chance to make it 1-1 when he got on the end of a pin-point cross, but his resulting header went wide of the target.

With the hosts pushing for a goal, substitute Amr Gamal also came close to finding the back of the net, but his attempt also failed to hit the target.

Gavin Hunt's men continued to go in search of the equalizer, but it was not to be as the defending champions end 2017 at the bottom of the log standings.

Bidvest Wits: (0)
Platinum Stars: (1) 1 (Ng’ambi 17’)

Bidvest Wits: Keet, Hlatshwayo, Monare, Classen (Phiri Jr 46’), Ntshangase, Mkhwanazi, Rodgers, Frosler, Mhango (Gamal 46’), Klate (Keene 76’), Hlanti

Platinum Stars: Visser, Mnguni, Sithole, Mthethwa, Zulu, Mere, Masalesa, Msomi (Mkhabela 90’), Ng'ambi, Nyanda (De Jongh 61’), Ntuli (Matlakala 83’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH BIDVEST STADIUM
BIDVEST WITS GOALS PLATINUM STARS GOALS
22. Robert Ngambi (17')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1
BIDVEST WITS STARTING LINEUP PLATINUM STARS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
15
Defender
5
Defender
23
Defender
13
Defender
22
3
Defender
2
Midfielder
7
12
Midfielder
46'
27
Midfielder
61'
40
Midfielder
33
Midfielder
17'
22
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
15
Forward/Striker
87'
9
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
46'
17
Forward/Striker
83'
0
SUBSTITUTIONS
Amr Gamal
Forward/Striker
46'
0
Ryan De Jong
Midfielder
61'
8
Gerald Phiri Jnr
Midfielder
46'
0
Maboke Matlakala
Midfielder
83'
0
CARDS
Eleazar Rodgers
Forward/Striker
87'
9
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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