Absa Premiership

Aces claim precious win

2015-03-14 17:30
Collins Mbesuma (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Black Aces claimed their first Absa Premiership win of 2015 by beating Moroka Swallows 2-1 at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday afternoon. 

AmaZayoni had gone eight league matches without a win, resulting in the dismissal of head coach Clive Barker and the appointment of Jacob Sakala as caretaker. 

In the new coach’s first match in charge, goals from Collins Mbesuma and Edwin Gyimah took them to victory over the Birds, who netted through defender Rudi Isaacs. 

The result sees Aces move up two positions on the log to 11th on 26 points. They are now four points clear of Swallows, who remain second-last (15th) with 22 points, just five ahead of AmaZulu. 

After a goalless first half with few chances of note, the hosts opened the scoring midway through the second stanza. A corner kick saw Mbesuma break the deadlock, with his shot from close range cleared by Dikgang Mabalane, but not before it crossed the goal line. 

Swallows almost restored parity in the 77th minute when Lerato Chabangu powered a header on target, but goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane made a fine low save to prevent the ball crossing the line in his first major involvement of the match. 

However, just two minutes later, the Bafana Bafana ‘keeper flapped at a corner kick delivery that was flicked beyond his reach by one of his own defenders and Rudi Isaacs arrived at the back post to head home for 1-1.

The score remained level for only a short while before Aces reclaimed the lead in the 81st minute. This time Onyekachi Okonkwo provided a perfect cross from the right flank that Edwin Gyimah powered home with a header, 2-1.

Scorers:

Black Aces (0) 2 (Mbesuma 68’, Gyimah 81’)

Moroka Swallows (0) 1 (Isaacs 79’)

Teams:

Black Aces: Mabokgwane, Kobola, Gyimah, Gumede, Nonyane, Jayiya (Ndlovu 53’), Okonkwo (Da Costa 84’), Ngalo, Ngoma, Ndoro, Mbesuma (Timm 79’)

Moroka Swallows: Etafia, Mungomeni, Cohen, Isaacs, Savic, Mandic, Baloyi, Hendricks (Wana 45+1’), Giuricich (Mabalane 48’), Chabangu, Obada (Tsutsulupa 61’)

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