Cape Town - A brace by Amr Gamal helped Bidvest Wits to a 4-2 extra time victory over Free State Stars in a Telkom Knockout last-16 game at the Bidvest Wits Stadium on Saturday.
An open and entertaining first half saw action at both ends of the
pitch with the home side the more clinical team in front of goal. Stars
fought back to take the match to extra time, but the home side found
another gear to book their spot in the next round of the cup competition.
The home side started the game with purpose and had the first chance
of the night when Daine Klate's long-range effort on 18 minutes was kept
out by Stars keeper Badra Sangare.
And the Clever Boys had the lead just two minutes later when Gerald Phiri's superb cross was headed in by Bongani Khumalo.
But Stars fought back incisively to draw level just four minutes
later through Thabo Maphakisa's effort from the edge of the area.
However, a foul from Stars defender Bengali Keita just before half
time saw the home team awarded a penalty, which was converted by Gamal.
Proceedings were tight after the restart with the next chance
arriving midway through the half when Gamal just failed to convert
Klate's delivery from a free kick.
Gamal was to miss another chance before Ea Lla Koto once more grabbed
an equaliser, Siphelele Mthembu slotting a penalty down the middle to
level the tie 13 minutes before the end of regulation time.
Just four minutes into extra time and the Students reclaimed the lead when Gamal notched his second of the night.
A well-taken lobbed effort from James Keene made sure of the
victory as Gavin Hunt's league champions booked their spot in the last
eight of the TKO.