The Clever Boys are demolished at Orlando Stadium as bad season nears end.
Bidvest Wits’ woeful season continued on Wednesday, April 25, as Orlando Pirates smashed three past them in the first half of their league encounter which ended 4-0 to the Soweto side.
The team from Braamfontein was dealt a huge blow early on after a slow start to the game with Sifiso Hlanti deflecting into his own goal off a shot from Luvuyo Memela in the 13th minute.
The score was doubled in the 32nd minute after Augustine Mulenga took advantage of some sloppy play at the back to slot past Kyle Peters from close range.
Wits coach Gavin Hunt rested key players for the game and it was evident that his side was not having the best of performances.
Substitute goalkeeper Kyle Peters who started ahead of Darren Keet, was beaten from the spot by forward Justin Shonga shortly before the break, to give the Soweto giants an unassailable three-goal lead.
Mulenga secured the Man of the Match performance after getting his brace in similar fashion, again pouncing on Wits’ defensive mistakes.
First-year BSc student, Roman Mahlangu, who is an Orlando Pirates supporter, told Wits Vuvuzela that it was a great match for Pirates in the bigger scheme of the league.
“Pirates did well. We’re actually near in the race for the title, although Sundowns is number one. But I feel sorry for Wits. They need to improve on their technicalities, the way they play the ball. Also maybe reshuffle the squad, put on some people that play well,” he said.
Mvelo Novoh, a first-year BAccSci student, said that he was disappointed in the season that Wits has had.
“Wits has been disappointing this season, they can definitely do better next season. Pirates really put in their best game. We started off on a good note but something happened and we left disappointed,” he said.
Wits were knocked out of the Confederation of African Football Champions League by Enyimba (Nigeria) last week and will see their PSL crown taken away in the coming weeks.
The result means that Pirates, who are only four points behind Mamelodi Sundowns, keep their title chances alive with two games to go.
Pitso Mosimane’s side, however, only need to pick up one victory from its final two games to secure a record eighth title. Sundowns will take on Bloemfontein Celtic and Ajax Cape Town in their remaining matches.
The Clever Boys, currently 12th on the log, are still bidding for a top eight finish, and will take on Amazulu and Platinum Stars to round off the 2017/18 league proceedings.
FEATURED IMAGE: Buhle Mkhwanazi (Wits) and Augustine Mulenga (Pirates) challenge for the ball. Photo: Provided
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