Cole Alexander of Bidvest Wits is challenged by Bernard Parker of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and Bidvest Wits on the 07 August 2018 at FNB Stadium Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix
Tuesday Aug 07, 2018. 21:26
Kaizer Chiefs suffered their first defeat of the 2018/19 Absa Premiership season as they were downed 3-1 by Bidvest Wits at the FNB Stadium on Tuesday.
Goals from Deon Hotto, Terrence Dzvukamanja and Gift Motupa saw the Clever Boys consolidate their place at the top of the log with a second successive victory, while the Amakhosi still wait for their first win under new coach Giovanni Solinas.
Wits of running and intent from early on, with the likes of Mxolisi Machupu and Thulani Hlatshwayo having half chances inside the opening quarter hour.
The Clever Boys claimed the lead midway through the first half thanks to a brilliant strike from Deon Hotto, who sent an unstoppable left-footed drive beyond the reach of Itumeleng Khune in the 23rd minute.
Chiefs initially threatened to level the game through Bernard Parker, before his strike partner Leonardo Castro made it 1-1 in the 33rd minute, glancing home a fine header from Khama Billiat’s free kick.
The Soweto side looked to step up their game after the goal, but a couple of minutes before the break they were caught cold in defence, as Terrence Dzvukamanja nodded home an excellent cross from Sifiso Hlanti to put Wits back in front at 2-1.
And the visitors added to their advantage early in the second half, with Hotto and Gift Motupa combining to give the latter the chance to send a low shot past Khune’s left and make it 3-1 on 47 minutes.
Chiefs missed a great chance to pull a goal back in the 57th minute, as defender Erick Mathoho was left completely unmarked at a corner kick, but he failed to hit the target with his header.
On 76 minutes the Amakhosi again narrowly missed out on reducing the deficit, as Billiat shaved the outside of Darren Keet’s right-hand post with an effort direct from a free kick.
Kaizer Chiefs (1) 1 (Castro 33’)
Bidvest Wits (2) 3 (Hotto 23’, Dzvukamanja 43’, Motupa 47’)
Chiefs: Khune, Mphahlele, Cardoso, Mathoho, Ntiyantiya (Ekstein 86’), Katsande, Ntshangase, Billiat, Tshabalala (Paez 66’), Parker, Castro (Mahlasela 79’)
Wits: Keet, Hlatshwayo, Mkhwanazi, Johannes, Hlanti, Dzvukamanja, Monare, Alexander (Weidlich 89’), Hotto (Mere 83’), Machupu, Motupa (Domingo 61’)