Thursday, 29 August 2013

Wits collect 3points against Arrows

Bidvest Wits welcomed Golden Arrows yesterday (28 August 2013) evening in their second premier league match at Bidvest Stadium, which they won by a 1goal to nil.

The student went to game bearing in mind of what has happened in their MTN8 semi-final loss against Platinum Stars over the weekend.

The game started very well seeing both sides playing a good football with too much attacking but failing to test the goalkeepers in the first 10 minutes of the game. Both sides displayed good attacking football and it was seen as one of the entertaining game compared to other games played in the night.

On the 22 minutes Wits saw one of their new signings Denver Mukamba got injured and he was replaced by Bongolethu Jayiya. It only took the substitute 11 minutes to make an impact on the game when he chipped the ball to find Robin Ngalande who scored the Wits goal in the 33 minutes.

Wits seemed to dominate the game after scoring and they gave Arrows a hard time, especially on the middle of the park. The home side went to half time leading with Ngalande’s goal and ahead with ball possession.

Both teams came back for the second with strong mentality as Wits wanted to extend their lead and in the other hand Arrows wanted to equalize.

Wits had a clear chance to extend their lead in the first 10 minutes from the break but saw Benjani’s target went wide from the box. The goal scorer (Ngalande) also had a chance few minutes later after Benjani to extend the lead when Arrows keeper collided against his player but his shot was blocked in the box.

The visiting team looked lost and they ran out of ideas when approaching the Wits keeper which saw them missing chances in the box to equalize. The KZN outfit tried their best but couldn’t get the goal which deserved as the game was theirs too.

Overall it was a good game and both side were on top of their game but goals were not enough to show the true reflection of the game.

Full time score Wits 1-0 Arrows.

Wits starting line-up: Josephs, Pule, Gumede, Pattison, Vilakazi, Faty, Ngalande, Mwaruwari
Kofi, Bilankulu, Mukamba.
Subs: Mabokgwane, Booth, Langwe, Kadi, Jayiya, Chapman, Nhlapo.
Head Coach: Gavin Hunt

Arrows Starting line-up: Mngoma, Tom, Zwane, Mbgwengwe, Zwane, Wadwaba, Ntombayithethi, Mndunge, Nene, Ntuli, Polelo.
Subs: Luthuli, Sikhakhane, Hleleni, Shange, Sithole, Khuboni, Gumede.
Head Coach: Manqoba Mngqithi

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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Chiefs held to a draw by Swallows

Kaizer Chiefs welcomed Moroka Swallows yesterday evening at FNB stadium, as they continued their title defence.

Chiefs went to the game with the aim of consoling themselves after losing the first leg of MTN8 to their arch rivals Orlando Pirates on weekend.

The game was open and both sides looked dangerous on the attack which saw both goalkeepers making brilliant saves to keep their teams on the game.

Both sides had intentions to get three points at the end of the day but it was all just a dream as the game ended with a 1 goal all.

Swallows had the better chances in the first half but could not convert their chances. Nomvete gave Chiefs defence a headache as he was attacking them on the left flank and missed clear chances which would have gave the Dube Birds a well deserved lead.

Chiefs had chances too but saw  them missed by Siboniso Gaxa who had a one-on-one opportunity with Swallows goalkeeper. Chiefs went with full force for few minutes and their striker Knowledge Musona missed chances to give the defending champions a lead.

On the second half Chiefs brought in Masango to replace Gorge Lebese who played on the weekend derby against Pirates.

In the first 10 minutes Chiefs had control of the game but caught asleep by Lerato Chabangu who gave Khune no chance to save ball and he gave Swallows a lead in the 55th minutes.

After the goal Swallows looked lost and they gave away too much possession which saw them got punished. Chiefs was awarded a penalty after Musona was badly pushed by Swallows defender and Parker didn’t waste the chance as he converted the penalty.

Overall  it was a well-balanced game and all the teams gave their best to please their fans but the score got fans angry as they were expecting a win more especially Chiefs fans who saw their team defeated at the same ground.

What really went wrong or what is exactly happening with Chiefs as they look shaky this campaign?

Chiefs starting line-up: Khune (C),Gaxa, Gould, Mashamaite, Masilela, Katsande, Letsholonyane, Tshabalala, Parker, Musona, Lebese.

Subs: Pieterse, Ritchie, Mathoho, Majoro, Dladla, Motaung JNR, Masango.
Head coach: Stuart Baxter
Swallows starting line-up: Etafia, Mungomeni, Isaacs, Cohen, Mokgothu, Mbekeli, Nergadze, Mabalane, Tsutsulopa, Chabangu, Nomvete.
Venue: FNB Stadium (PSL game)
Date: 27 August 2013
Time: 19:30 
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Friday, 23 August 2013

The battle of Soweto giants

Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates held a joint press conference at FNB stadium yesterday afternoon. Reneilwe Letsholonyane was representing the Glamour Boys while Pirates was represented by their captain Lucky Lekgwathi and midfielder Daine Klate, and they are all looking forward to Saturday's Soweto Derby clash.

The derby has always attracted lot of people and it has great expectations from the fans. This might seem as a tiring match because both teams are meeting for the second time in a very short space of time after playing the Carling Black Label Cup on the 27th of July 2013.

Kaizer Chiefs have been in fine form while Pirates have been doing well in CAF and this will make the fans to expect a tough and entertaining football between the two giants.

They all want to win and make their fans happy which will be the case when they meet on weekend. History or past performance does not count, a derby has always been different and players want to do well.

Will we see a different approach this time and goals or it will just for fun for players to be on field?

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Wits confident to overcome Platinum Stars

PSL held the MTN8 media conference at their offices on the 20th August 2013, Park town, Johannesburg, involving two Wits players (Musa Bilankulu and Ryan Chapman).
NEW SIGNING: Musa Bilankulu

The new assembled Bidvest Wits will take on Platinum Stars on the MTN8 semi-final first leg at Royal Bafokeng stadium on Saturday.

The Wits players seemed confident that they will overcome the North West side, Platinum Stars when they meet on weekend.
Bilankulu is one of the new signings for Wits and seems to be gelling in team. During the media conference he said that he is prepared together with their coach to go and win the game. "I believe that the guys will help the team to do well"he said, referring to the new signings Wits made.
COMMITMENT: Bidvest Wits strike Ryan Chapman

Chapman also answered questions that were directed
to him as a striker and how he is doing to remain the main man  for the team. One of his main objectives is remain fit and play for the team to stand a chance to don Bafana jersey. Chapman has found it hard to break to the starting lineup ever since new coach (Gavin Hunt) took over.

Both teams are in a fine form and anything is possible at this point because at the end of the day there will be one winner.

Will Bidvest Wits overcome Platinum Stars with their new assembled squad?