Katongo double sinks Aces

FILE PICTURE: Christopher Katongo. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

FILE PICTURE: Christopher Katongo. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

Wits University accounted for Black Aces and improved three positions to third place in the Premiership race with a clinical 2-1 victory at Mbombela Stadium on Wednesday night.

Wits forged into a 2-0 lead as early as the 25th minute and never lost their grip on the proceedings in spite of Abia Nale scoring for Aces from the penalty spot in the 28th minute, after defender Kees Kwakman had hand-balled in the area.

Such was the lack of penetration in the Aces attack that Nale’s spot-kick was the only occasion Moeneeb Josephs was seriously troubled throughout what was a relatively uneventful 90 minutes for the Wits goalkeeper.

It took Wits only 10 minutes to open the score through a well-placed shot into the corner of the net from Christopher Katongo.

The Zambian international secured his second goal in two games and is now beginning to live up to his considerable reputation after a sluggish start since signing on for the Clever Boys at the start of the season.

An equally well-placed header from Buhle Mkhwanazi, following Jabulani Shongwe’s corner, increased Wits’ lead.

The Aces side that seems to have lost their early-season’s sprightly confidence never really looked like getting onto level terms again.

For Aces it meant a third successive game without a victory as they remain in ninth place in the league and out of the crucial top eight positions after earlier climbing as high as fourth position.

Wits kept a tight hold on the proceedings in the second period and even the 52nd minute substitution of Swaziland international Denis Masina for the goal-scoring Nale failed to insert the necessary spark into the Aces’ attack to trouble Josephs and company.

It was Wits, in fact, who looked more likely to increase their lead, with only two timely saves from Aces goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane preventing a further goal and with Katongo coming close to scoring for the second time.

Wits showed they meant business after losing two of their three previous games against Chippa United and Polokwane City by leaving last season’s acclaimed Sibusiso Vilakazi on the bench for the entire game.

But they have some considerable distance to go in living up to their proclaimed intention at the start of the season to challenge for Premiership honours, still currently trailing log-leaders Kaizer Chiefs by 10 points.

– Sapa

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