Cape Town - A
brace by Daine Klate and one goal from the enterprising Phakamani Mahlambi gave
Bidvest Wits a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Lamontville Golden Arrows on
Saturday afternoon at Bidvest Stadium.
Clever Boys are now leading the Absa Premiership table with 26 points from 10
matches, whilst the visitors remain in the seventh spot with 14 points.
Clever Boys came to the match aiming to continue their winning run and in the
early stages of the match Elias Pelembe broke free in the box and took a shot,
giving Maxmillian Mbaeva something to work on but the Namibian stood his
ground, fisting the ball over the posts for a corner.
the 20th minute mark, Kudakwashe Mahachi used his pace down the left
when he challenged Nazeer Allie but his well-executed effort hit the side of
the net, failing to trouble Moeneeb Josephs.
the game gained momentum, Mahlambi was denied by the Namibian keeper in the 23rd
minute as the South African U-23 player beat two Arrows defenders using his
pace into the box but it was saved for a corner.
Mahachi, Arrows took another shot in an aim to find a goal in the 30th
minute but his effort went wide of target. A few seconds later, Mbaeva was on
his toes once again to deny the Students in a one-on-one situation.
the 37th minute, Vilakazi managed to beat Mbaeva from a cross on the
right but he was adjudged to have come from an offside position.
was 0-0 at half-time and the Clever Boys looked for an early goal in the second
half when Mahlambi was denied by the Namibian international 'keeper.
the hosts showing intentions to get an opener, it was Serame Letsoaka’s charges
who grabbed the lead in the 51st minute when Hotto connected with
Mahachi’s delivery down the left, his powerful header beat Josephs to his near
the 73rd minute Wits found their equaliser through Mahlambi, but
Mabhudi Khenyeza soon put the visitors ahead when he finished Andile Fikizolo’s
cross, passing the ball into an empty net in the 76th minute.
the last 10 minutes, Mbaeva came out of his posts to deny Mahlambi but he was
unfortunately red carded for catching the ball away from the 18-yard area.
set piece was taken by Klate in the 84th minute and he delivered his
trademark left footed curler which beat the substitute Ricardo Goss.
minute later, Arrows failed to deal with a cross from the left and Klate
completed his brace as he sneaked in to beat Goss for the second time.
tried to throw everything at Wits but Josephs stood his ground, denying the
Lamontville-based side as they walked away with the three points.