The ABSA Premiership defending champions, Bidvest Wits, beat SuperSport United 2-nil in Johannesburg on Wednesday night. With the win, Wits moved off the foot of the table.
The Clever Boys, however, are still not out of the woods as they are 15th on the log with 14 points from 16 matches just a point above Ajax Cape Town. Gavin Hunt’s charges came into the match looking for a change in fortunes.
Unlike last season where they were one of the tightest teams in defense. Wits have conceded 18 goals in 16 league matches this season and they managed to score just nine.
With the quality of players they have at their disposal, it was just a matter of when they would click. Last night, SuperSport United found a determined crop of players at the Bidvest Stadium. The towering Bongani Khumalo combined well with his captain Thulani Hlatshwayo for Wits’ opening goal.
It did not take long for the students to add to their tally. James Keene showed his strength and class as he bull-dozed his way to score the Clever Boys’ second goal of the match and it was game, set and match for the Milpark-based outfit.
“I’ve seen things in my life and I’ve seen football this six months that I’ve never seen in my life. Don’t even get me started. When we hit the post and missed open goals, I said here we go again. We stuck at it and got our goals and the second half was never going to be exciting because we didn’t want to go anywhere because we didn’t want to go anywhere. We said we got what we wanted and in our position we needed to safe guard it and play from there,” said Bidvest Wits coach, Gavin Hunt.
“First half we were nowhere to be honest. I think the makeshift central pairing wasn’t tight enough on either Majoro or Keene. We didn’t start well. The momentum went with them. The way we conceded the goals it’s things we knew and practiced, we said that’s going to be their strength and we allowed it to happen. I’m very disappointed,” said SuperSport United coach, Eric Tinkler.
There will be two ABSA Premiership matches on Friday evening. Ajax Cape Town will be keen to move from the bottom of the log when they host Platinum Stars in Cape Town.
A mouth-watering encounter is on the cards at the Harry Gwala stadium in Pietermaritzburg where Martitzburg United take on Bloemfontein Celtic.