Absa Premiership

Clever Boys school Amakhosi in PSL opener

Thulani Hlatshwayo (TEAMtalk)
Thulani Hlatshwayo (TEAMtalk)

Cape Town - Bidvest Wits got their 2016-17 Absa Premiership campaign up and running with a 2-1 win over Kaizer Chiefs at Bidvest Stadium on Tuesday evening. 

Goals from Elias Pelembe and Thulani Hlatshwayo leading the Clever Boys to all three points in what was an early season heavyweight clash in Braamfontein. 

Lorenzo Gordinho pulled back a late goal for the visitors, but it proved of little importance as the Students held on for what was their first league home victory over the their illustrious hosts since November 2002. 

Bidvest Wits dominated the opening exchanges, but Chiefs started to find their rhythm and were just in their stride when the Clever Boys struck through Pelembe in the 34th minute. 

The Mozambique international with an expert diving finish from a Sifiso Hlanti cross following good work by Frank Mhango in the build-up - a wonderful passage of play rewarded with a goal. 

Hlatshwayo doubled the visitors lead in the 65th minute following poor marking by the Amakhosi. 

Their strength for most of the past few seasons, set-pieces have proved to be their Achilles heel of late and it again proved the case. 'Tyson' rising highest - unmarked - to nod home for the Clever Boys' second on the night. 

Gordinho gave Chiefs some hope of a late fightback in the 82nd minute with a superb glancing header, but after Emmanuel Letlotlo skied a late chance, Bidvest Wits held on for a rare win on home soil over the Glamour Boys.