Absa Premiership

Wits bring Baroka back down to earth

2017-10-22 19:11
Vincent Pule (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - High-flying Baroka suffered their first defeat of the season against Champions Bidvest Wits in their Premiership clash at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday.

Coming into the fixture, Baroka, who narrowly survived relegation last season through the promotion play-offs, were occupying top spot.

While Champions Wits languished in 15th place with four losses in seven league outings.

However it was always a matter of time until Gavin Hunt's side started to regain their form that tipped the Clever Boys to retain their maiden title success.

Vincent Pule's goal on the stroke of half-time proved to be the difference as the Premiership Champions Wits inflicted the first defeat of the season to table toppers Baroka - winning 1-0.

The victory moved Gavin Hunt's side out of the relegation zone, with just their second win of the season.

Egypt international foward Amr Gamal looked particularly lively in the opening stages of the encounter and nearly found the first goal after being played in by veteran winger Danie Klate.

On the brink of half-time the tireless target-man made up for his miss with a wonderful flick on to find Thabang Monare in the area, who then squared the ball to Pule for a simple tap-in.

The wingers effort was Wits sixth goal this season in eight games, which highlighted the issues Hunt has faced trying to gel a new-look squad with an array of high-profile names.

Bakgaga looked to rally back in the second-half with the inspirational Sipho Moeti causing all sorts of problems for the Clever Boys, but their decisions in the final third and the determination of the experienced back-four of Wits kept the home side at bay.

Led by captain Thulani Hlatswayo and former Tottenham defender Bongani Khumalo, the visitors saw out the game to register only their second three points of the 2017/18 campaign.

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