Bidvest Wits displayed a splendid performance as they humiliated their visitors Vasco da Gama 6-0 in a one-sided Absa Premiership match played at Bidvest Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
|Sifiso Vilakazi © Gallo Images
Goals from Sifiso Vilakazi, Sifiso Myeni (brace), Bhongolwethu Jayiya (brace) and Stanton Fredericks made sure that Wits collected all three points on offer.
From the first whistle Wits played with so much authority that Vasco da Gama simply had no answer for their enterprising type of football.
It came as no surprise when Sifiso Vilakazi opened the score in the eighth minute. The Bidvest striker cleverly turned inside the box before unleashing a powerful left footed shot that left Posnett Omony with the formality of picking the ball out the back of the net.
The Roger de Sa-coached outfit enjoyed a threatening spell midway through the first half, and Vasco looked unsettled at the back.
Sifiso Myeni, who was a constant thorn for the Coastal side, showed why national coach Pitso Mosimane presented him with his first call up for Bafana Bafana when he scored a cracker of a goal in the tenth minute. Myeni pounced on the ball from outside the box with so much power to give his side a 2-0 lead.
After the goals, Wits seemed in the mood for a crushing victory, and it was obvious that they intended to register their second win after they beat SuperSport United in midweek.
Wits’ Michael Morton was so aggressive in the centre of the pitch. The former Pirates player really fought hard as he covered possibly every blade of grass and showed hunger for his team to win.
However, Vasco survived and steadfastly withstood the Clever Boys’ dangerous moves. The Cape side also made a few runs towards Wits’ defence but could not penetrate and get the ball behind keeper Darren Keet.
Sibusiso Zuma blasted a shot over the bar in the 22nd minute and in the 40th minute the Vasco da Gama dangerman could only watch in disbelief as his goal-bound shot was cleared off the line by Derrick Spencer.
But the story was not finished. Sifiso Myeni scored his side’s third, and his second for the day, with another powerful strike in the 43rd minute to give Wits a comfortable lead heading into half time.
After the break, Wits continued where they left off. They launched their attacks from the midfield and new kid on the block, Jayiya put the games beyond Vasco da Gama’s reach when he scored Wits’ fourth goal from a rebound in the 50th minute.
Even the introduction of Keenin Lesch and Omar Hendricks in the second half could not galvanise the visitors to pop out of their shells and take the game to the hosts.
Jonathan Armogam could have at least pulled one back in the 70th minute, but his shot went over the bar.
But it was the rampant Wits who increased their tally to five after Jayiya’s strike in the 70th minute before Stanton Fredericks scored the sixth in the 76th minute.
Bidvest Wits (3) 6 (Sif. Vilakazi 8’, Myeni 10’ 43’, Jayiya 50’ 70’, Fredericks 76’)
Vasco da Gama 0
Wits: (4-4-2) Keet; Mngomezulu, Mahashe, Spencer, Phungwayo; Myeni, Fredericks (Maselesa 77’), Morton, Mngomeni (Haskins 73’); Jayiya, Sif. Vilakazi (Koapeng 59’)
Vasco: (4-5-1) Omony (Barnard 82’); Isaacs, Adams, Hempe, Jenniker; Armogam, Moloi (Lesch 53’), Karkee, Kamwendo (Hendricks 68’), Alexander; Zuma