Wits stun champions Chiefs

Goals from Henrico Botes and Paseka Sekese handed Bidvest Wits a 2-1 win over league champions Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday night.

It was a poor start to the game by the league champions who went to sleep at a set-piece in the fifth minute as Henrico Botes headed home a Ben Motshwari free-kick into the box, 1-0.

Wits, with the surprise lead, actually dictated terms in the opening 10 minutes, but slowly Chiefs began to take the ascendancy.

Still, their decision-making in the final third was not at its best as they wasted possession time and again with some woeful passing.

Chiefs managed their first shot on goal in the 25th minute when he cut inside from the left, but saw his stinging shot from just inside the box saved by Moneeb Josephs.

Ten minutes later the home side did find the back of the net after a wonderful 20-yard free-kick from Siphiwe Tshabalala left Josephs rooted to the spot and found the back of the net, 1-1.

Chiefs controlled the remainder of the half, but could not add to their goal tally as the two teams entered the break locked at 1-1.

The home side continued to dictate the flow of play at the start of the second 45, but were caught on the break in the 58th minute when a swift counter-attack saw a left wing cross from Tebogo Moerane headed home by Paseka Sekese, 2-1.

Ten minutes later Josephs had to come to the rescue of Wits when he produced a great save to deny Tshabalala from long range.

Mandla Masango came close to finding his side’s second equaliser in the 88th minute when he got on the end of a long ball into the box by Tshabalala and proceeded to chip the keeper, but saw his effort cleared off the goal line by Buhle Mkhwanazi.

Wits held on for the win to hand Chiefs only their third defeat of the league season.

Kaizer Chiefs (1) 1 (Tshabalala 35’)

Bidvest Wits (1) 2 (Botes 5’, Sekese 58)

Teams

Chiefs: Pieterse, Gaxa, Mathoho (Bukenya 74’), Mashamaite, Masilela, Tshabalala, Letsholonyane, Katsande, Maluleka (Masango 60’), Parker, Rusike (Zulu 78’).

Wits: Josephs, Nhlapo, Mkhwanazi, Lecki, Moerane, Faty, Nthshangese, Motshwari, Shongwe, Vilakazi [Sekese 26’ (Mosiatlhaga 83’)], Botes (Ngcobo 93’).