Free State Stars winless streak continues

A first-minute goal by Christopher Katongo and a second-half strike by Sameehg Doutie gave Bidvest Wits a 2-0 win against Free State Stars to break their three-game winless streak on Saturday night at Bidvest Stadium.

As early as the first minute, Chris Katongo capitalised as Stars were still asleep following a great pass from Sameehg Doutie and the Zambian beat goalkeeper Ayanda Mtshali with a powerful shot.

Ea Lla Koto had a chance to respond in the 13th minute, but Daniel Cardoso’s header from a free-kick went straight to Moeneeb Josephs. Two minutes later, Tumelo Letuka missed a golden opportunity that didn’t trouble Josephs.

Both sides enjoyed a fair share of ball possession, but a through ball found Richard Henyekane free only for Buhle Mkhwanazi to make a million-dollar block, giving the Clever Boys the lead at halftime.

Stars came back energised with a purpose to level the matters, but Moeketsi Sekola’s shot in the 50th minute went wide of the goals.

Ten minutes later, a fine pass from Jabulani Shongwe in the middle of the park gave Doutie a chance to finish with a low shot which gave the keeper no chance.

Defender Buhle Mkhwanazi was called to action when he cleared Richard Henyekane’s attempt in the 65th minute over the line, and towards the last 20 minutes of the match, Stars added numbers upfront. However, the hosts managed to keep Tiyani Mabunda as well as Moffat Mdluli’s moves at bay.

The win takes Gavin Hunt’s side to 17 points and they move up to position five, while the Bethlehem side go to position 14 with 11 points.

Bidvest Wits: Josephs, Kwakman, Hlatshwayo, Shongwe (Zuke 81’), Katongo (Pule 72’), Doutie (Isaacs 89’), Mkhwanazi, Botes, Bharesa, Motshwari, Ntshangase

Free State Stars: Mtshali, Masehe, Cardoso, Sankara, Shabalala, Letuka (Masana 60’), Makhaula, Sekola (Mdluli 73’), Mabunda, Mashego, Henyekane