Wits snatched victory against Swallows

By Drum Digital
05 December 2013

Bidvest Wits collected maximum points against Moroka Swallows in a tense Absa Premiership match at Dobsonville stadium.

New Bafana Bafana recruit Sibusiso Vilakazi netted the only goal of the match midway through the first half, handing the Birds their second loss in a week after giving away three points against Mamelodi Sundowns over the weekend.

The Students have shot up to fourth table on the log while the Dube Birds continue their free-fall.

The home side has been hit hard by injuries with the influential Lerato Chabangu and Lefa Tsutsulupa sidelined.

Livewire Siyabonga Nomvethe was a doubtful starter and only made the starting line-up after passing a late fitness test.

Wits coach Gavin Hunt stuck to a compact midfield with Burundian Papy Faty and Matthew Pattison marshalling the engine-room to launch quick counter-attacks.

Swallows midfielder Georgi Nergadze found himself a yard behind and got outmuscled as the Students dominated the midfield.

Wits goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs gave a man of the match performance as he thwarted numerous Swallows attemps.

Josephs denied the home side an equaliser when he foiled a Dikgang Mabalane free kick attempt on the hour mark.

Sensing victory, Hunt brought on the gritty and hard tackling midfielder Tinashe Nengomasha late in the second half to protect his slender lead.

He also sacrificed the goalscorer and replaced him with Siboniso Gumede.

The second half inclusion of Felix Obada for the ineffective Edward Manqele failed to inspire the Birds as they slumped to a bitter home defeat.

- SAPA

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