Cape Town - A brace of goals from Mogakolodi Ngele helped Bidvest Wits claim a 3-0 win over Golden Arrows in an Absa Premiership clash on Tuesday.
The victory at Bidvest Stadium in Johannesburg saw the Clever Boys go top of the log on 44 points, leapfrogging Cape Town City (who can return to first place if they win on Thursday against Platinum Stars).
Wits started the match strongly and created early opportunities from set pieces, with Arrows’ defence even forced to clear off their own goal line after ‘keeper Nkosingiphile Gumede was caught out of position.
Just before the midway point of the first half, Wits’ pressure paid off as they were awarded a penalty for hand-ball by defender Trevor Mathiane (though the referee incorrectly cautioned Limbikani Mzava for the offence).
Frank Mhango took on the responsibility of the spot kick and easily beat Gumede to make it 1-0 to the Clever Boys, who were soon forced into an unplanned substitution, replacing the injured Thabang Monare with Phumlani Ntshangase.
Arrows looked to come back into the game in what remained of the first half, but it was Wits who created another clear scoring chance near the interval, with Sifiso Myeni denied by a fine save from Gumede.
The visitors threatened an equaliser in the early moments of the second half as Knox Mutizwa let fly, but the ball hit the crossbar and bounced away for a goal kick, much to the Clever Boys’ relief.
After that early scare, Wits ran away with the game in the second half thanks to a brace of goals from Ngele. The Botswana international doubled the lead with a stunning long-range strike on 65 minutes, before making it 3-0 a short while later by turning home Mhango’s cross.
Wits will head to Egypt this weekend to honour the second leg of their CAF Confederation Cup tie against Smouha SC, while Arrows will be in league action again on Saturday when they host Ajax Cape Town.