Posted on September 24, 2011 17:29
A rejuvenated AmaZulu were dealt a blow as they lost 3-1 to Bidvest Wits in a Premiership encounter at Bidvest Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
With the scores level at 1-1 at half-time, the home side were ruthless in the second period and played a high tempo game, making a number of attacking moves.
A goal apiece from Sifiso Vilakazi and Sifiso Myeni in the latter stages of the match helped the Clever Boys to victory, though the game was tight throughout.
Wits continued their high scoring form at home from last season and looked like netting more goals.
While their defence were caught sleeping at times, their intent on attack would have pleased coach Roger de Sa.
The hosts scored an early goal through Ryan Chapman in the seventh minute. Chapman wrong-footed the AmaZulu defence from a well-weighted cross and then calmly slotted home the goal.
The home team were visibly stronger in the opening exchanges, and created a number of chances.
The visitors leveled the score on the half-hour mark through a Marc van Heerden free-kick. His low, left-footed shot had the beating of Wits goalkeeper Energy Murambadoro at the left post.
Ten minutes later, it was Murambadoro to the rescue, as he pulled off a full-length dive to his left to keep out a powerful shot from AmaZulu striker Ayanda Dlamini.
The Students came out with renewed energy after the break. In the 49th minute, Vilakazi tussled with the AmaZulu defence and his chipped effort caught Tapuwa Kapini off guard and the goalkeeper could only watch as the ball sailed over his head into the back of the net.
Myeni sealed the points for Wits in the 70th minute with his side's third goal. AmaZulu's defence was left reeling as Myeni confidently put the ball into an open goal.
A red card in the 89th minute for Wits defender Kampamba Chintu, who made a late tackle, had no effect on the result.