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Defending Champions Surrender To Students 17/04/05
Defending Absa Cup champions Moroka Swallows surrendered their Absa Cup title when they were beaten 2-1 by Wits University at the Bidvest Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Clever Boys stared like a house on fire and were rewarded when midfielder Sipho Mngomezulu put them ahead after a goal mouth scramble in the 20th minute.

Striker Simon Makhubela then doubled their lead only two minutes later when he headed in a Charles Yohane free kick.

The two early goals conceded forced Swallows coach Gavin Hunt into making a double substitution in the 35th minute, replacing Pitso Lekone and Thabo Letsoalo with Alois Ngwerume and Albert Kometsi.

However, the Students continued to attack and in the 36th minute Peter Rabolele missed a chance to score against his former team when he shot just wide of the target, while Etienne Bito'o missed a sitter just a minute later.

The hosts continued to attack in the second half and Mngomezulu saw his header flash just over the bar in the 47th minute.

Makhubela missed a further two opportunities before Cecil Oerson came close for the Dube Birds, hardly believing his eyes as his shot went narrowly wide of the target.

Swallows were given a moment's hope of staging a dramatic comeback when substitute Dennis Lota scored with a header from Oerson's cross in the 81st minute.

However, the Birds were unable to find the goal they needed to take the match into extra time, enabling Roger de Sa's men to march on into the last four.

By Patrick Zikalala


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