BidVest Wits have moved to fourth position on the Absa Premiership log thanks to a 1-0 win over Free State Stars at the BidVest Stadium on Wednesday night.
Clive Moyo scored the only goal of the match to hand Stars their third successive league defeat. 'Ea Lla Koto' are now in seventh place in the league standings.
Free State coach Kinnah Phiri left his top scorer Diyo Sibisi, with nine league goals, and Thusalisizwe Mbyuane,? with five, on the bench. Mbyuane was last week selected by the Absa Premiership as the Player of the Month for February and even recently made his Bafana debut. Sibisi was replaced by Dumisani Chabalala, while Motseothata November came in for Mbyuana.
It was Chabalala who actually got the first opportunity to score in the opening stages of the game, after Wits 'keeper Moeneeb Josephs let a ball bounce of his body into the field. The 'Ea Lla Koto' striker, however, shot the ball high over the goal.
'The Students' started to control the game after the opening ten minutes with striker Marcos de Jesus, who replaced Dale Studzinski in the starting line-up, doing well when he kicked, in the turn, at goal. But the ball landed straight into the safe hands of Free State goalie Kennedy Mweene.
Richard Rantjie made an excellent run down the right flank in the 20th minute, moved into the box, before passing the ball to the penalty spot, where Moyo finished well to put the 'Students' ahead.
Free State midfielder Prince Olomu got a nice chance to equalise, but Josephs blocked the ball well. Olomu, normally an inspiration for 'Ea Lla Koto', had a rather quiet match, partly because of being well-marked by Wits' Sandile Sibande.
Sibisi was brought on in the second half, and Stars tried pushing forward abit more but created few real opportunities.
Wits got the opportunity to finish Stars off shortly after the hour mark, but Moyo saw his effort go to waste thanks to a fine stop from Stars 'keeper Kennedy Mweene.
Wits were not at their best during the game, but looked well organised, especially in the second half, giving little away in terms of chances to Free State.
Phiri stated afterwards, a bit unrealistically: "We were all over them, we should have finished them in the first half."
Wits coach Roger de Sa was a better observer when he analysed: "It wasn't pretty, but we got the three points."
Wits: Josephs; Shendzelani, A. Hendricks, Gariseb, Lobo; Rantjie, Tipa, Sibande (Mokoena 77'), Senokoane (B. Hendricks 77'); Moyo, De Jesus (Studzinsk7')
Stars: Mweene; Sambu, Chintu, Nkosi, Mdluli; November (Mbuyane 59'), Lechesa, Olomu, Madimabe (Mashego 74'); Ngcobo, Chabalala (Sibisi 46')
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