Cape Town - An
early strike from Atusaye Nyondo condemned title challengers Mpumalanga Black
Aces to a 1-0 defeat in an Absa Premiership game at Loftus Stadium on
seen relegation rivals Jomo Cosmos grind out a 1-0 victory over Orlando Pirates
on Saturday, Tuks were in desperate need of points as we enter into the second
half of the season, and they got just that, holding on as Aces suffered only
their third defeat of the campaign.
Troughton's men got off to the ideal start, with Atusaye Nyondo opening the
scoring after just six minutes. The Malawi international with the club’s eighth
goal of the season - striking home Thabiso Nkoana's cross to stun the visitors.
early goal played right into the hosts’ hands - allowing Tuks to sit back and
play on the counter.
chasing six wins on the trot, went on the offensive and were it not for great
defending by Tebogo Monyai, Collins Mbesuma would have hit home the equaliser -
the veteran with a timely block.
Nkoana should've doubled Tuks lead just before the break, but the former Ajax
Cape Town striker was unable to convert following a defensive blunder.
came out firing after the interval, but were guilty of missing a catalogue of
chances - Mbesuma the main protagonist.
Zambian striker had plenty of chances to equalise throughout the second half,
missing a glorious chance just before the hour before seeing his header attempt
from a Lebogang Manyama free-kick go wide of goal in the 84th minute.
Tuks, the win moves them up to 12 points, one behind Cosmos. Aces lose ground
on Bidvest Wits and Mamelodi Sundowns, who won their respective games this