Hlatshwayo seals Bidvest Wits win

Bidvest Wits reclaimed second spot on the league standings following a 1-0 win over SuperSport United in an Absa Premiership encounter at Bidvest Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Following a sustained spell of pressure club captain Thulani Hlatshwayo headed home to secure all three points for the Clever Boys.

Gavin Hunt made one change to the side that were held to a goalless draw by Platinum Stars at the weekend with Sameehg Doutie lining up against his parent club, Vincent Pule dropped to the bench.

Gordon Igesund meanwhile made three changes to his starting eleven. Thuso Phala and Michael Morton returned from suspension while there was also a start for Thabo September.

Enocent Mkhabela had an early shot off target before Henrico Botes headed just over at the other end in what was an evenly matched start to the encounter.

Doutie picked out the Namibian born forward who was slightly off balance as he headed over Rowen Williams crossbar in the ninth minute.

Botes had an even better chance to open the scoring four minutes later. Sibusiso Vilakazi picked out the former Platinum Stars man whose shot come flick on was intercepted by a diving Ronwen Williams, with Doutie lurking at the back post.

Vilakazi should’ve added to his goal tally in the 27th minute. Following a succession of one-twos on the edge of the area, the Clever Boys midfielder found himself with only the keeper to beat, but he could only manage to direct his effort straight at the onrushing Williams.

Ben Motshwari had a golden opportunity to open the scoring in the 41st minute. Having burst through Matsatsantsa’s defence the crowd expected to see the midfielder score, but he failed to deliver with the goal at his mercy.

Ronwen Williams suffered a serious injury just before the break, paving the way for Dumisani Msibi to make his Absa Premiership debut.

Msibi was called into action on the hour mark. The Amajita No 1 doing well to gather an out swinging corner-kick at his second attempt, to the delight of his captain Clayton Daniels.

As in the Telkom Knockout meeting between the two sides earlier this season, SuperSport looked to counter a full force every time a Bidvest Wits corner-kick when astray. The tactic almost paid dividends as Prince Nxumalo broke free at goal in the 71st minute, but his resulting effort from the edge of the area was a tame one.

Bidvest Wits captain Hlatshwayo opened the scoring in the 74th minute. The Bafana Bafana centre-back popped up to header Phumlani Ntshangase’s corner-kick past Msibi at his near post.

The game ended with a flourish of goal scoring opportunities with SuperSport ultimately coming up short in their attempt to rescue a point.

The win moves Bidvest Wits within 13-points of Kaizer Chiefs while SuperSport United remain 12th having failed to win in their last five outings.

Bidvest Wits (0) 1 (Hlatshwayo 74’)

SuperSport United (0) 0

Bidvest Wits: Josephs; Nhlapo, Hlatshwayo, Mkhwanazi, Bhasera, Shongwe (Zuke 82’), Ntshangase (Kwakman 90+3), Motshwari, Vilakazi, Doutie (Katongo 90’), Botes

SuperSport United: Williams (Msibi 45+4’); Mkhabela, Daniels, September, Teyise (Moloi 46’), Morton, Mathebula, Wome, Manyama, Phala, Grobler (Nxumalo 62’)