Cape Town - Black
Aces claimed their first Absa Premiership win of 2015 by beating Moroka
Swallows 2-1 at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Aces (0) 2 (Mbesuma 68’, Gyimah 81’)
Swallows (0) 1 (Isaacs 79’)
Mabokgwane, Kobola, Gyimah, Gumede, Nonyane, Jayiya (Ndlovu 53’), Okonkwo (Da
Costa 84’), Ngalo, Ngoma, Ndoro, Mbesuma (Timm 79’)
Etafia, Mungomeni, Cohen, Isaacs, Savic, Mandic, Baloyi, Hendricks (Wana
45+1’), Giuricich (Mabalane 48’), Chabangu, Obada (Tsutsulupa 61’)