CLINICAL WITS HIT AMAZULU FOR FOUR
By: Khanyisani Dlomo
Bidvest Wits eased into the Nedbank Cup quarterfinals after drubbing AmaZulu 4-1 at the Princess Magogo Stadium on a scorching Saturday afternoon.
Burundian international Papy Faty’s brace, along with goals from Sithembiso Ngcobo and Sibusiso Vilakazi ensured that the in-form Clever Boys maintained their winning streak and comfortably saw off the Durban side.
AmaZulu started off brightly and looked threatening. Bongani Ndulula could have opened his account with only the goalkeeper to beat, but Moneeb Josephs bravely saved his shot. Jabulani Shongwe fired a long range shot but went over the bar. But then in the 16th minute, Wits struck and took the lead through former AmaZulu striker Ngcobo, whoscored with a beautiful header.
Ayanda Dlamini should have levelled matters minutes later, but his shot from inside the box went wide.
Faty piled more misery on the home side as he netted the second goal. At 2-0 down, it would have taken a minor miracle for AmaZulu to turn things around. And whatever Usuthu coach Craig Rosslee said to his boys during the half time break either fell on deaf ears or the players had given up already.
When Faty doubled his tally early in the second half to give Clever Boys a healthy lead, the game was effectively all over as a contest.
The sending off of Pumlani Ntshangase – who got two yellow cards – did little to affect the visitors. Instead, skipper Vilakazi added the fourth goal, leaving goalkeeper Philanih Zikalala no chance.
AmaZulu found a scant consolation goal through substitute Lucky Nguzane in the stoppage time.
Wits coach Gavin Hunt praised his boys for consistency.
“I thought we were nice and solid. We kept the ball well and it was a good away performance on our side. We looked threatening all the time and we worked hard for those goals,” said Hunt.
On man of the match Ngcobo’s performance, Hunt said, “He is big lump and he needs to work harder and he is working hard. He has done okay for us and there is a long way to go.”
Rosslee expressed his disappointment about his players’ poor finishing and defending.
“We did not take our chances and to defend in that manner is just poor. We were actually quite nice in the game and had chances one on one with the goalkeeper (that) we could have probably scored. To go like this is actually disappointing,” said Rosslee.
“It is done and dusted now. It’s behind us now. It’s a cup game and we got to focus on the league. The position we want to be is top eight and we just have to make sure we go out and collect maximum points,” he added