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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