Soccer

Wits reach last eight

2011-10-22 17:10
Bukasa Kasonga (Gallo)
Johannesburg - A first half own goal from AmaZulu’s Bukasa Kasonga handed Bidvest Wits a hard-fought but deserved 1-0 win in their Telkom Knockout last 16 clash at the Bidvest Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
 
For the Clever Boys it is a significant result, marking the first time that they have reached the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout since its inception in 2006. As for Usuthu, it is a second defeat at the hands of Wits in a matter of weeks, having been beaten 3-1 by the Johannesburg team in a league game under over a month ago.
 
Wits settled the quicker of the two teams and took the lead on 17 minutes, with AmaZulu defender Bukasa Kasonga deflecting a cross from Patrick Phungwayo into his own net under pressure from Sibusiso Vilakazi.
 
That goal gave the Clever Boys the confidence to dominate the rest of the half and they should have gone into the break more than just 1-0 up. Derrick Spencer and Ryan Chapman both missed put on glaring opportunities to add to Wits’ advantage.
 
And youngster Bhongolwethu Jayiya was unlucky not to double the home side’s lead just before half time, hitting the upright with a fearsome left-footed drive that had goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela beaten all ends up.
 
Usuthu upped their game in the second half and came close to an equaliser on the hour mark, with substitute Goodman Dlamini firing a shot just over the crossbar with one of his first touches after coming off the bench.
 
Dlamini had an even better chance a few minutes later, playing a one-two with Stanton Lewis before finding himself with only Energy Murambadoro to beat, but the goalkeeper came off his line quickly and did well to block the attacker’s shot.
 
That proved to be the Durban team’s last genuine scoring opportunity and Wits were able to hold onto their slender lead and secure a place in the last eight of the cup competition.
 
Bidvest Wits
(1) 1 (Kasonga og 17’)
AmaZulu 0
 
Wits: Murambadoro; Mngomezulu, Spencer, Mabizela, Phungwayo, Jayiya (Ritson 83’), Maselesa, Sib. Vilakazi, Myeni, Chapman, Sif. Vilakazi (Fredericks 72’)
 
AmaZulu: Mzimela; Teyise, Nyadombo, Kasonga, van Heerden, Shipahu (Mbele 76’), Zhuwawo, Sangweni (Senamela 52), Chavula, Lewis, A. Dlamini (G. Dlamini 58’)

Read more on:    telkom knockout
NEXT ON SPORT24X

Fans rally behind Mashaba

2014-10-23 15:13

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Watch: 2015 Absa Cape Epic route

The route of the 2015 Absa Cape Epic has been announced and it promises to be as challenging as ever!

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

4 exercise excuses and how to beat them
Watch: Insane road bike skills!
The most extreme journey ever?
Red Bull Lionheart trail run - not for the fainthearted!
 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
Vote

Where should Rivaldo Coetzee play his soccer next season?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.