Local News 17.5.2017 10:55 pm

Wits are the Absa Premiership champions

Wits are the 2016/17 PSL champions after the Absa Premiership match between Bidvest Wits and Polokwane City at Bidvest Stadium on May 17, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

Wits are the 2016/17 PSL champions after the Absa Premiership match between Bidvest Wits and Polokwane City at Bidvest Stadium on May 17, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

Bidvest Wits beat Polokwane City 2-0 at the Bidvest Stadium on Wednesdat night to win the 2016/17 Absa Premiership title.

Bidvest Wits clinched their first ever Absa Premiership title after beating Polokwane City 2-0 at the Bidvest Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Clever Boys won the title after Mamelodi Sundowns drew with Maritzburg United, while Rise and Shine remain sixth on the league table.

The home side got off to a great start as James Keene headed Elias Pelembe’s cross to make it 1-0 to Wits just three minutes into the match.

The English striker came close to doubling his side’s lead in the 14th minute, but he narrowly missed his Wits teammate Daine Klate’s great cross.

The Rise and Shine also looked threatening each time they pushed forward and they were unfortunate not to equalise just before the half-hour mark.

Bongani Khumalo and his fellow Wits teammates had to be alert and the former made a great defensive block to deny Polokwane’s Simphiwe Mngomezulu.

Wits then regain control of the match towards the halftime break, but the Polokwane defence which was led by Thapelo Tshilo was able to contain the home side.

The Clever Boys were leading 1-0 during the halftime break thanks to Keene’s well-taken header following a tightly contested first half.

Once again the home side started brightly, but this time Polokwane goalkeeper George Chigova produced a good save to deny Mogakolodi Ngele immediately after the restart.

However, the Zimbabwe international was beaten on the hour-mark when Klate scored with a left-footed effort to make it 2-0 to Wits with Ngele providing an assist.

The momentum was now with the Clever Boys and they nearly extended their lead in the 72nd minute, but the Rise and Shine defence did well to stop Pelembe and Keene.

Keene then had another chance to score in the late minutes of the game, but the striker was denied by Chigova from a one-on-one situation.

Wits held onto their healthy lead in the closing stages of the encounter and they ran out 2-0 winners on the night.

Results of the Absa Premiership matches played on Wednesday:

Orlando Stadium:
Orlando Pirates 0 – 0 Ajax Cape Town

Lucas Moripe Stadium:
Mamelodi Sundowns 2 – 2 Maritzburg Utd

Royal Bafokeng Stadium:
Platinum Stars 2 – 0 Kaizer Chiefs

Dr Molemela Stadium:
Bloem Celtic 0 – 0 Free State Stars

Bidvest Stadium:
Bidvest Wits 2 – 0 Polokwane City

Athlone Stadium:
Cape Town City 1 – 0 Golden Arrows

New Peter Mokaba Stadium:
Baroka FC 0 – 0 Highlands Park

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium:
Chippa United 3 – 0 SuperSport United

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results

Chiefs 1-0 Wits
Sundows 2-2 Highlands
Arrows 2-1 Pirates

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# Team GP Pts
1 Bidvest Wits 30 60
2 Sundowns 30 57
3 Cape Town City 30 55
4 Kaizer Chiefs 30 50
5 SuperSport United 30 48
6 Polokwane City 30 43
7 Maritzburg Utd 30 38
8 Arrows 30 38
9 Platinum Stars 30 37
10 Ajax Cape Town 30 36
11 Orlando Pirates 30 33
12 Bloemfontein Celtic 30 29
13 Chippa United 30 28
14 Free State Stars 30 28
15 Baroka FC 30 28
16 Highlands Park 30 27

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