Absa Premiership Champions End Season With A Loss

Absa Premiership Champions End Season With A Loss
Gustavo Paez of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Sifiso Hlanti of Bidvest Wits during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Bidvest Wits at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg South Africa on 27 May 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Brian Lee

Saturday May 27, 2017. 17:51

The 2016/17 Absa Premiership champions, Bidvest Wits, ended their league campaign with a loss after going down 1-0 to Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The difference on the day was a solitary goal from Gustavo Paez in the 92nd minute of the match which sees Chiefs finish in fourth place on the table, ten points behind Wits.

The Amakhosi created their first chance on goal in the seventh minute when Gustavo Paez picked out Emmanuel Letlotlo with a right wing cross, but the striker headed over the target under no pressure from the Wits defence.

Emmanuel Letlotlo was wasteful again in the 18th minute when he broke through on goal from the left, but he drove his 12-yard shot into the side netting with just Darren Keet to beat.

In the 20th minute a free-flowing passing move from Chiefs result in Hendrick Ekstein finding space inside the box, but he also fired wide from close range with only the Wits goalkeeper to beat.

Chiefs continued to dominate the game, but failed to find the back of the net before the half time break.

The second half saw Wits playing the kind of football which win them the 2016/17 league championship.

Eight minutes into the second half Vincent Pule almost gave Wits the lead when he curled a 20-yard shot just wide of the right-hand post.

In the 58th minute we nearly saw an own goal when Vincent Pule drove into the box from the left-flank when his shot-cum-cross was deflected onto the crossbar by Lorenzo Gordinho.

Chiefs only managed their first effort on goal in the second half in the 66th minute when Hendrick Ekstein fired over from long range.

Both sides fell off the pace in the final 20 minutes of the tie as the game looked to be heading for a goalless draw.

Gustavo Paez, though, had other ideas as he found the winner in the second minute of injury time after latching onto a George Lebese cross and dulling firing home, 1-0.

Kaizer Chiefs (0) 1 (Paez 92’)
Biddvest Wits (0) 0

Kaizer Chiefs: Khune, Mphahlele, Cardoso, Gordinho, Masilela, Maluleka, Katsande, Ekstein (Lebese 79’), Letlotlo (Twala 54’), Moon (Molangoane 60’), Paez.

Bidvest Wits: Keet, Hlatshwayo, Khumalo, Klate (Vincent Pule 37’), Monare, Ngele (Sheppard 69’), Pelembe, Hlanti, Scott (Motshwari 45’), Keene, Gaxa.

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