Pretoria - Black Aces are still awaiting their first Absa Premiership win of 2015 after suffering a 2-1 defeat at the hands of University of Pretoria at Tuks Stadium on Saturday.
Goals from Thabo Mnyamane and Vuyisile Ntombayithethi took AmaTuks’ unbeaten run in the league to seven games, while AmaZayoni have lost four of their last five top flight matches.
Aces almost drew first blood in the fourth minute through Tendai Ndoro, who rattled the crossbar with a beautifully struck volley from outside the box after a clever touch to tee him up from Miguel Timm.
After that early scare, it was Tuks who looked the more dangerous in attack and they claimed the lead midway through the first, with Geoffrey Massa leaving Thabo Mosadi’s low cross from the right which allowed Thabo Mnyamane to arrive late in the box and steer home a left-footed shot.
Aces drew level at 1-1 in the 41st minute. Collins Mbesuma provided a clever touch to send strike partner Tendai Ndoro in on goal and the Zimbabwean held off a Tuks defender before beating Washington Arubi at his near post.
The visitors should have claimed the lead early in the second half when Abia Nale found himself in a great scoring position, but Arubi pulled off a great save to keep his side on level terms.
The University side threatened a second goal just before the hour mark when Atusaye Nyondo directed a cross from a corner kick toward goal, but the Malawian was denied by the crossbar, while a few minutes later Massa was denied by a fine save from Jackson Mabokgwane.
AmaTuks finally broke through with just over 10 minutes to play, as a Bennett Chenene corner kick was flicked on and substitute Vuyisile Ntombayithethi turned the ball home from close range to make it 2-1.
Aces pushed hard for a reply in the remaining time, but Tuks were able to see out the victory. The Tshwane side moves to eighth place on the log on 26 points, while AmaZayoni remain in 12th on 22 points.
University of Pretoria (1) 2 (Mnyamane 23’, Ntombayithethi 79’)
Black Aces (1) 1 (Ndoro 41’)
University of Pretoria: Arubi, Nkausu, Jaure, Monyai, Shoyisa, Mukamba (Zwane 87’), Matsi, Mnyamane, Mosadi (Ntombayithethi 69’), Nyondo (Chenene 61’), Massa
Black Aces: Mabokgwane, Ngalo, Gyimah, Gumede, Tom, Nonyane, Nale, Khuboni, Timm (Tukane 60’), Mbesuma, Ndoro (Okonkwo 81’)