Polokwane City win their sixth game against Bidvest Wits.
Polokwane City left Bidvest Wit reeling after a 1-0 win at the Bidvest Stadium in Johannesburg on Friday, September 21.
The win secured the Polokwane team the fifth spot on PSL (Premier Soccer League) log with 10 points after six games. Wits remains at the top of the league despite the loss with 13 points.
Wits dominated the first half with Polokwane City reduced to 10 men. City’s Salulani Phiri was given his marching orders for a dangerous attack on Thabang Monare. The game slowed for the rest of the first half as both teams were reluctant to show initiative.
Wits returned for the second half with a change from the bench, as Vuyo Mere replaced Buhle Mkhwanazi.
Despite being a man up, the home side still found it impossible to penetrate the City defense with a number of Wits’ attacks falling short.
The goalless impasse was eventually broken in the 75th minute when Jabu Maluleke took a free kick that went straight to the back of the net.
City coach Jozef Vukusic said he was impressed by the stunning performance his boys had shown even though they were reduced to 10.
“We came here determined to collect maximum points. We were organised and took every opportunity to score even though were not that lucky to get a goal from all chances we had,” Vukusic added.
Wits coach Gavin Hunt said he was very disappointed as his team did not capitalise on their opportunities.
“We got lot of chances to put the ball in the net but we didn’t use them. From here we are going back to the drawing board and correct all our mistakes. I’m happy for Polokwane City, they played a good game,” Hunt said.
Micheal Nkosi, a second-year Wits student and Bidvest Wits supporter said he was very disappointed by the numbers of chances Wits got but never used.
“We gave away that game. We got a lot of chances to score but we never used them. I’m really disappointed. I hope in the next game the players will show up because today they didn’t,” Nkosi said.
Bidvest Wits will face Cape Town City in Cape Town on Tuesday, October 2.
FEATURED IMAGE: Wits on the attack against Polokwane City. Photo: Takalani Sioga