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South African champions Bidvest Wits want Cameroonian striker Epoupa – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Gavin Hunt, coach of Bidvest Wits ©Samuel Shivambu/Backpagepix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Dec 02, 2017. 13:00


South African side Bidvest Wits are said to have shown interest in Christian Epoupa.

The Cameroonian striker is currently on the books of Dynamos, who are campaigning in the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League (ZPSL).

The highly-rated player has been linked with South African club Ajax Cape Town in the past.

Wits and another South African side Polokwane City are also believed to be keen to sign the attacker.

Dynamos chairman Keni Mubaiwa has been quoted as confirming talks for the forward with clubs in South Africa.

“A number of clubs from South Africa have made contact with Christian,” he told News Day.

“Some were here in the past few days for negotiations and others have been talking to us on the phone.

“We have not agreed with anyone because of the price. We have put our value on the player, which the teams are saying they cannot meet,” he continued.

“The good thing on our part is that we are not desperate to sell, so we will try to get the full value of what we think our player is worth.

Epoupa scored 12 goals in the ZPSL this past season.



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Bidvest Wits captain labels Celtic as TKO favourites


Thulani Hlatshwayo of Bidvest Wits challenged Mosa Lebusa of Ajax Cape Town during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Bidvest Wits and Ajax Cape Town at Bidvest Stadium on 07 February 2017 ©Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Nov 28, 2017. 13:30


Bidvest Wits captain Thulani Hlatshwayo says that Bloemfontein Celtic are the favourites for this weekend’s Telkom Knockout final.

Wits sit at the bottom of South Africa’s Absa Premiership after a terrible start to the defence of their title, while Celtic are placed in the top half of the table and have made impressive progress under new coach Veselin Jelusic.

The sides will meet in the Telkom Knockout final this coming Saturday, as they compete for the last piece of silverware up for grabs in 2017.

“Celtic are the favourites,” said Hlatshwayo at the launch of the Discovery Walter Sisulu Soccer Challenge in Soweto on Monday, as quoted by Kick-Off.

“Sometimes if you look at the history, teams that are not doing well in the league end up winning trophies.

“Looking at where we are, it’s easy for them to underestimate us because we have not been doing well in the league. But as a team we have to make sure we bring silverware.

“Coach Gavin [Hunt] has said that he wishes the wins in the Telkom Knockout were three points, then we could have been sitting in a proper position.

“The MTN8 is gone for us and we have to go all the way to win this final on Saturday.

“If you look at our history in the Telkom Knockout, we have been knocked out in the first round. It’s good to see that the team has managed to go to the final and the guys are raring to win this cup.”

‘Tyson’ added, “Celtic has been doing well. They have a lot of speedy and skilful players. We have to make sure that we bring our A-game on the day.”



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Sundowns brush aside Bidvest Wits


Percy Tau of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Bidvest Wits and Mamelodi Sundowns at Bidvest Stadium, Johannesburg on 21 November 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Nov 21, 2017. 21:38


Mamelodi Sundowns beat Bidvest Wits 2-0 in an Absa Premiership match at the Bidvest Stadium on Tuesday night.

As a result, Sundowns move to fourth spot on the league table, while Wits remain 15th on the standings.

The Brazilians threatened first through Tebogo Langerman, who forced Wits goalkeeper Darren Keet into a decent save a few minutes into game.

The Clever Boys were struggling to penetrate the Sundowns defence and test keeper Denis Onyango, who had a relatively quiet first-half.

Keet had to be alert in the 17th minute and he produced a wonderful save to deny Thapelo Morena as the visitors searched for the opening goal.

Wits wing-back Thato Tlhone tried his luck from range in the 26th minute and his effort missed the target without troubling Onyango.

Pressure mounted on the Clever Boys defence and Sibusiso Vilakazi hit the woodwork with the half-time break fast approaching.

The score was 0-0 at interval between Wits and Sundowns after Keet denied Vilakazi on the stroke of half-time.

Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane made the first change of the game 11 minutes into the second-half.

Khama Billiat, who replaced Morena, proved to be a super-sub as fired past Keet to make it 1-0 to Sundowns in the 62nd minute.

Gavin Hunt, the Wits head coach, responded by introducing James Keene three minutes later.

The English striker had scored the only goal of the match as Wits beat Chiefs 1-0 in a Telkom Knockout Cup semi-final clash on Saturday.

But Billiat sealed Sundowns’ 2-0 victory with a clinical finish in the closing stages of the game with the Wits defence exposed.

Wits (0)

Sundowns (0) 2 (Billiat 62′, 81′)

Wits: Keet, Ntshangase, Mkhwanazi, Hlanti, Frosler, Tlhone (Keene 65′), Mlambo, Monare, Pelembe (Pule 69′), Klate, Gamal.

Sundowns: Onyango, Morena (Billiat 56′), Langerman, Soumahoro, Ngcongca (Laffor 85′), Madisha, Kekana, Mabunda, Manyisa, Tau, Vilakazi (Zwane 81′).



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Gamal leads Bidvest Wits into TKO final four – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Ahmed Gamal Amr of Bidvest Wits

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Bertin Basson

Saturday Nov 04, 2017. 22:40


Bidvest Wits booked their place in the semifinals of the 2017 Telkom Knockout Cup with a 1-0 win over Baroka FC at Bidvest Stadium on Saturday evening.

Amr Gamal with the only goal of the game as the Clever Boys sealed their spot in the final four. Victory restoring some hope for Gavin Hunt, with his troops currently battling at the wrong end of the Absa Premiership log standings.

Bakgaga, who have enjoyed a stellar campaign thus far, made their intentions clear from the onset and went close through Gift Motupa within two minutes.

Darren Keet forced into a top save to deny the midfielder who’s dipping effort from range was on it’s way to rattling the back of the net.

The Clever Boys duly opened the scoring as Gamal bagged his third of the competition: guiding home Vincent Pule’s low cross.

The visitors continued to probe with chances aplenty at either end of the pitch throughout the opening stanza. Keet up to the task once more in the 40th minute after Motupa broke through on goal.

Hunt’s men with a narrow lead at the break.

Bidvest Wits tightened up their defence following the interval as they set their sights on the next round, but progression wasn’t sealed without a few nervy moments.

Robin Ngalande and Albert Mothupa guilty of scuffing their attempted efforts after darting in behind the Clever Boys defence.

In the end, though, Gamal’s early goal proved to be the difference between the two sides as domestic football takes a back seat ahead of the impending international break.

Bidvest Wits (1) 1 (Gamal 10′)

Baroka FC (0) 0

Bidvest Wits: Keet; Frosler, Hlatshwayo, Allie (Scott 62′), Hlanti – Ntshangase, Monare, Pelembe, Klate (Mkhwanazi (90+4′) – Pule, Gamal (Keene 83′).

Baroka FC: Vries; Kgoetyane, Mahashe, Banda, Mothupa, Moeti (Matloga 87′), Madubanya, Mdantsane (Nguzana 81′), Motupa – Chawapiwa, Macha (Ngalande 46′).



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Bidvest Wits lose in Bloemfontein – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Roggert Nyundu of Bloemfontein Celtic challenged by Slavko Damjanovic of Bidvest Wits during the 2017/18 Absa Premiership football match between Bloemfobtein Celtic and Bidvest Wits at Dr Molemela Stadium, Bloemfontein on 01 October 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Oct 01, 2017. 17:16


Bidvest Wits suffered their third Absa Premiership defeat when they lost 1-0 to Bloemfontein Celtic at the Dr. Molemela Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The league’s defending champions continued with their poor start and are now sitting at number 15 on the table with five points from seven games.

For the Free State side, Roggert Nyundu scored in the second stanza to ensure they claim their first win at home.

Both camps exchanged ball retention in the heart of the field early on and both goalkeepers were not tested in the opening 10 minutes.

In the 15th minute it was Frank Mhango who had the first shot on goal, but his well-struck effort sailed over the Celtic cross bar.

Good football by the defending champions saw Reeve Frosler delivering a great cross for Amr Gamal in the 26th minute, but the latter’s header went inches wide.

Despite their dominance, the Clever Boys could not trouble their hosts and squandered possession time and again with poor decision making in the final third.

There were no goals in the opening stanza.

Veselin Jelusic’s men, though, would break the deadlock in the 76th minute when Nyundu scored at close range to finish off Hotto’s cross from the left wing, 1-0.

Wits looked to make a quick response in the 84th minute when Daylon Claasen set up fellow substitute Kobamelo Kodisang in the box, but the latter’s effort was punched away by Tignyemb for a corner.

Celtic were under siege in the final minutes of the tie, but they defended well to hold on for the 1-0 win.

In the wake of the victory, Phunya Sele Sele now occupy the seventh spot on the log table with nine points from seven matches.

Bloemfontein Celtic: (0) 1 (Nyundu 76′)

Bidvest Wits: (0)

Celtic: Tignyemb, Pfumbidzai, Rikhotso, Ndengane, Mabena, Mashikinya, Letlabika (Lubisi 54′), Baloyi, Hotto, Motshegwa, Nyundu (Letsoalo 89′)

Bidvest Wits: Josephs, Khumalo, Damjanovic, Scott, Monare (Keene 81′), Gamal, Hlanti, Mhango (Claasen 71′), Phiri (Kodisang 71′), Frosler, Ntshangase



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Hunt: Claasen is still adapting at Bidvest Wits – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Daylon Claasen of Bidvest Wits is challenged by Robyn Johannes of Cape Town City during the Absa Premiership match between Bidvest Wits and Cape Town City on the 18 August 2017 at Bidvest Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Sep 19, 2017. 12:00


Bidvest Wits head coach Gavin Hunt says he is happy with how Steven Pienaar and Daylon Claasen have performed at the Johannesburg-based side.

The two attacking midfielders are yet to make any impact at the reigning South African champions since joining the club three months ago.

Pienaar, 35, and Claasen, 27, joined the Clever Boys as free agents after parting ways with English side Sunderland and German club 1860 Munich respectively.

The South African midfielders have walked straight into the Wits starting line-up, but the team is yet to win a competitive match in 90 minutes this season.

The Absa Premiership champions collected their second point of the season from four games when they fought back to hold Kaizer Chiefs to a 1-1 stalemate at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

“As you know, we lost one or two players from last season, so we obviously brought a guy like Steven in and I think he’s been hugely influential in the dressing room,” Hunt told the media.

“I mean, he hasn’t got the legs anymore, but the brain moves and you saw tonight. I thought he was excellent under difficult circumstances – having gone a man down.

“I was thinking, ‘I need to take him out’ but then I tried to keep him going for as long as I could,” the four-time Absa Premiership title winning coach continued.

“Daylon also didn’t play much football last season, I’m also trying to find out where he plays in the different systems or whatever you want to call it.

“That also takes a little bit of time. Synergy takes time, you know, those types of things… But both of them have been excellent in training, good professionals, good ambassadors for the club, and good people – that’s more important.”



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2017 MTN8: BIDVEST WITS 1-2 CAPE TOWN CITY – AS IT HAPPENED – MTN8 2017


Ahmed Gamal Amr of Bidvest Wits is challenged by Taariq Fielies of Cape Town City during the 2017 MTN8 Semifinal 1st leg fixture between Cape Town City and Bidvest Wits at Cape Town Stadium on 27 August 2017 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Sep 10, 2017. 16:50


Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2017 MTN8 Cup semi-final second-leg match between Bidvest Wits and Cape Town City at the Bidvest Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.

LINEUPS:

Wits: Josephs, Hlatshwayo, Damjanovic, Scott, Gamal Amr, Pelembe, Pule, Hlanti, Pienaar, Kodisang, Frosler.

City: Walters, Mkhize, Fielies, Johannes, Seedat, Nodada, Putsche, Modise, Masina, Majoro, Patosi.

COMMENTARY:

That’s all from the Bidvest Stadium where Cape Town City beat Bidvest Wits 2-1 and the former advanced to the 2017 MTN8 Cup final after winning the tie 3-1 on aggregate. Please join us again next time. Cheers!



FULL-TIME! Wits 1-2 City.

95′ – CLOSE! Wits striker Rodgers misses the target from close range.

90′ – The fourth official has added five minutes.

85′ – It’s end to end stuff in the closing stages of the match as City are looking dangerous on the counter-attack.

80′ – City sub: Gumede IN, Modise OUT.

75′ – Damjanovic connects with Wits midfielder Pienaar’s corner-kick, but he heads over the crossbar.

71′ – GOAL! Wits 1-2 City. Majoro turns and fires home from inside the Wits box.

70′ – GREAT SAVE! City full-back Seedat receives the ball in the Wits box and he forces keeper Josephs into a great diving save.

66′ – Caution: Patosi (City) booked.

65′ – City forward Majoro is sent through on goal by Nodada, but the former is ruled offside.

62′ – Wits sub: Mhango IN, Pelembe OUT.

60′ – City sub: Matsi IN, Putsche OUT.

55′ – Wits winger Pelembe whips a good cross into the City box and Johannes makes a great clearance.

54′ – City sub: Lakay IN, Masina OUT.

50′ – City winger Patosi beats his marker, but the ball goes out for a throw in as the visitors search for an early goal in the second-half.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

46′ – Wits sub: Klate IN, Pule OUT.

46′ – Wits sub: Rodgers IN, Gamal OUT.

HALF-TIME! Wits 1-1 City. (Aggregate score Wits 1-2 City).

45′ – The fourth official has added three minutes.

40′ – CLOSE! City captain Johannes makes a world class goal-line clearance after the ball had hit the crossbar as Wits press the visitors.

35′ – Caution: Pienaar (Wits) is booked.

30′ – It is 1-1 as we reach the half-hour mark here at the Bidvest Stadium. City are leading 2-1 on aggregate.

27′ – GOAL! Wits 1-1 City. Gamal scores an own goal from Patosi’s free-kick.

25′ – Walters, the City keeper, comes out to gather Wits winger Pule’s header.

20′ – Modise plays a through pass for his City teammate Majoro, but Wits keeper Josephs comes out to gather the ball as the Citizens search for the equalizing goal.

15′ – Seedat whips a long ball forward for his City teammate Masina, who is ruled offside.

11′ – GOAL! Wits 1-0 City. Hlatshwayo scores from close range following a scramble in the City box.

10′ – Play is stopped as City midfielder Modise is down injured as Wits continue to press the visitors.

5′ – Hlanti whips a dangerous low cross across the City goal and the ball goes out for a goal-kick as Wits, who are trailing 1-0 on aggregate, search for an early goal.

1′ – The match is underway.



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Al Ahly acquire Mahlambi from Bidvest Wits – 2017 CAF Champions League


Phakamani Mahlambi (L) and Kermit Erasmus

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Sep 08, 2017. 12:00


South African international Phakamani Mahlambi has joined Egyptian giants Al Ahly on a long-term deal.

The 19-year-old forward has secured a move to Al Ahly from South African champions Bidvest Wits on a four-year deal.

Record eight-time African champions Al Ahly dislcosed that they had acquired Mahlambi’s services on their official website.

A club statement read: “Phakamani Mahlambi, signed for the first team of football club Ahly for four seasons starting from the next season 2017-2018 in the presence of Major General Sherine Shams Executive Director of the club and Dr. Essam Siraj Commercial Director and Contracting.

“Mahlambi was present at the club’s headquarters on the island Thursday evening and was present at the team which was held today at the stadium.”

The talented forward helped Wits win the 2016/17 ABSA Premiership title and 2016 MTN8 Cup trophy.

He represented South Africa at the 2015 CAF Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Senegal.



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MTN8: CAPE TOWN CITY 1-0 BIDVEST WITS – As it happened – MTN8 2017


Lehlohonolo Majoro of Cape Town City takes on Slavko Damjanovic of Bidvest Wits during the 2017 MTN8 Semifinal 1st leg fixture between Cape Town City and Bidvest Wits at Cape Town Stadium on 27 August 2017 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Aug 27, 2017. 17:24


Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2017 MTN8 Cup semi-final first-leg match between Cape Town City and Bidvest Wits at the Cape Town Stadium in the Mother City, South Africa.

LINE UPS:

Cape Town City XI: Walters, Fielies, Johannes, Mkhize, Seedat, Putsche, Nodada, Masina, Patosi, Lakay, Majoro.

Bidvest Wits XI: Josephs, Frosler, Hlatshwayo, Damjanovic, Hlanti, Scott, Klate, Monare, Claasen, Mhango, Gamal.

COOMENTARY:

That’s all from the Cape Town Stadium. Wits will host City in the second-leg clash at the Bidvest Stadium in two weeks time. Please join us again next time. Cheers!

FULL-TIME! City 1-0 Wits.

95′ – GOOD SAVE! Wits attacker Kodisang forces City keeper Walters into a good save with a first time effort.

90′ – The fourth official has added six minutes.

88′ – Wits Caution: Hlatshwayo booked.

85′ – City striker Majoro is substituted after failing to score from close range with the Wits defence exposed.



84′ – City sub: Koapeng IN, Majoro OUT.

80′ – Wits midfielder Kodisang beats his marker and he fires wide of the target as the visitors press City.

78′ – Wits sub: Pule IN, Klate OUT.

75′ – Fifteen minutes left for Wits to grab a crucial away goal and they are doing most of the attacking.

74′ – City sub: Dove IN, Patosi OUT

70′ – City sub: Modise IN, Masina OUT.

65′ – Pressure is mounting on the City defence as Kodisang whips a great cross into the box and his Wits teammate Klate forces Walters into a good save with a decent header.

60′ – City Caution: Seedat is booked.

59′ – Wits sub: Kodisang IN, Monare OUT.

55′ – City launch a quick counter-attack and Patosi bursts into the Wits box, but Hlatshwayo does well to block his cross.

50′ – City forward Masina is stretchered off as Wits press for the equalizing goal.

46′ – Wits sub: Pienaar IN, Mhango OUT.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

HALF-TIME! City 1-0 Wits.

45′ – The fourth official has added two minutes.

44′ – GOAL! City 1-0 Wits. Patosi fires home from close range.

40′ – Wits, who are attacking in numbers, are pressing City with the half-time break fast approaching.

35′ – Johannes, who is captaining City in the absence of Lebogang Manyama, has done a good job thus far containing Wits’ new signing Gamal.

30′ – It is still 0-0 here at the Cape Town Stadium as we reach the half-hour mark.

25′ – City winger Lakay plays a long ball for his teammate Majoro, who is ruled offside as the home side search for the opening goal.

20′ – GREAT SAVE! Klate whips a good cross into the City box and his Wits teammate Monare forces City keeper Walter into a great save at the near-post.

15′ – It remains goalless in a tightly contested opening exchanges in the midfield.

10′ – CHANCE! City forward Masina bursts into the Wits box, but he fails to make contact with a high ball and goalkeeper Josephs gathers the ball with ease.

5′ – City goalkeeper Walters is called into action as he gathers Wits full-back Frosler’s long throw.

1′ – The match is underway.



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Bidvest Wits open defence of Absa Premiership title – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Lebogang Manyama of Cape Town City FC evades challenge from Phumlani Ntshangase of Bidvest Wits during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 football match between Cape Town City FC and Bidvest Wits at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 19 April 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Aug 17, 2017. 10:30


Bidvest Wits will open the defence of their Absa Premiership title with a home match against Cape Town City at Bidvest Stadium on 18 August 2017, kick-off at 20h00.

Wits claimed their first-ever league title last season by ending three points clear of Mamelodi Sundowns at the top of the PSL log. It was a fourth championship for coach Gavin Hunt, who also claimed three successive titles at SuperSport United from 2008 to 2010. They also won the MTN8 to end the campaign with two major trophies.

The Clever Boys have not rested on their laurels in the offseason, strengthening their squad by signing the likes of former Bafana Bafana midfielders Steven Pienaar and Daylon Claasen, though they will still face a tough challenge in trying to defend their title.

One of those hoping to knock Wits off their perch is Cape Town City, who enjoyed a fantastic debut season in 2016/17 (after changing names and location from Mpumalanga Black Aces): the Citizens came home in third place and boasted the league’s Player of the Season and Golden Boot winner in Lebogang Manyama.

CTC also won the Telkom Knockout, but their season ended with the shock news that coach Eric Tinkler had decided to leave and take up the reins at SuperSport. In response, City appointed former Bafana Bafana star Benni McCarthy as their new coach, and how he fares in his first senior managerial role will be a fascinating narrative early in the new season.

Wits and City have met in just two previous league matches, both of which took place last season: in the first half of the campaign, CTC claimed a 3-2 win in Johannesburg thanks to a last-gasp goal from Manyama, while the return game in Cape Town ended 1-1. The Cape side was one of just two teams (the other being SuperSport) to hand the Clever Boys a home defeat in the league last term.



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Bidvest Wits book MTN8 Cup semi-final spot


Thulani Hlatshwayo of Bidvest Wits celebrates a goal during the MTN8 match between Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates on 27 August 2016 at Bidvest Stadium

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Aug 11, 2017. 23:15


Bidvest Wits overcame Golden Arrows 4-3 on penalties following a 2-2 draw in the 2017 MTN8 Cup quarter-final match at the Bidvest Stadium in on Friday night.

The win sees the defending champions Clever Boys progress into the semi-finals, while Abafana Bes’thende have been eliminated from the competition.

Abafana Bes’thende took a surprise lead just 11 minutes into the game as Lerato Lamola headed home Siphelele Magubane’s cross to make it 1-0 to Arrows.

The Clever Boys were then reduced to 10 men when debutant Slavko Damjanovic was showed a straight red card for a dangerous tackle in the 20th minute.

It was soon 2-0 to Arrows as Wayde Jooste set-up Mahachi, who made no mistake as he beat Wits goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs in the 24th minute.

But James Keene managed to pull one back when he converted from the spot-kick two minutes later after Wits were awarded a penalty.

Arrows were also reduced to 10 men after Danny Phiri received his second yellow card just the before the half-time break. The score was 2-1 to Arrows at the interval.

The Clever Boys dominated the second-half and they managed to restore parity a minute after the hour-mark with the Abafana Bes’thende defence exposed.

A cross from Reeve Frosler found his teammate Keene, who then hit the back of the net from close range making it 2-2 – grabbing his brace in the process.

Second-half substitute Frank Gabadinho Mhango almost scored with his first touch in the 76th minute, but his header was blocked in the line.

Abafana Bes’thende stood firm in the dying minutes of the match and the encounter ended in a 2-2 draw in regulation time, and extra-time followed.

Arrows nearly grabbed a goal in extra-time when Nduduzo Sibiya unleashed a powerful low shot from range and Josephs brilliantly parried the ball away – keeping his side in the game.

The visitors then lost another man after Arrows defender Siyabonga Dube was given a straight red card. But nine-men Arrows contained Wits and ultimately, the match went into a penalty shootout.

However, Wits converted four penalties, while Arrows missed three and the former emerged 4-3 winners on penalties.

Wits (2) 2 (Keene 26′, 61′)

Arrows (1) 2 (Lamola 11′, Mahachi 24′)

Wits: Josephs, Frosler, Hlanti, Hlatshwayo, Damjanovic, Scott (Khumalo 22′), Monare, Claasen (Pienaar 84′), Pule (Mhango 75′), Pelembe, Keene.

Arrows: Gumede, Dube, Nonyane, Mzava, Mngwengwe, Phiri, Cele, Mahachi, Magubane (Sibiya 22′), Jooste (Bilankulu 46′), Lamola (Mutizwa 95′).



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MTN 8: Bidvest Wits 2-2 Golden Arrows – As It Happened


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Aug 11, 2017. 22:54


Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2017 MTN8 Cup quarter-final match between Bidvest Wits and Golden Arrows at the Bidvest Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Lineups:

Bidvest Wits Xl: Josephs, Hlanti, Hlatswayo, Damjanovic, Frosler, Scott, Monare, Pelembe, Pule, Claasen, Keene.

Golden Arrows Xl: Gumede, Nonyane, Mzava, Mngwengwe, Dube, Phiri, Cele, Mahachi, Jooste, Magubane, Lamola.

Commentary:

Wits, who are the defending champions, advance to the MTN8 Cup semi-finals after winning 4-3 on penalties.

Wits: Hlatshwayo – SAVED, Mhango -SAVED, Pienaar – SCORES, Pelembe – SCORES, Keene – SCORES, Frosler – SCORES

Arrows: Sibiya – SCORES, Nonyane -MISSES, Mutizwa – SCORES, Cele -MiSSES, Mahachi – SCORES, Bilankulu – MISSES

A penalty shootout to follow.

EXTRA-TIME FULL-TIME: Wits 2-2 Arrows.

120′ – The fourth official has added two minutes.

115′ – Wits are dominating possessing as they look to unlock the Arrows defence.

110′ – RED CARD! Arrows defender Dube is red carded after he head-butted Wits forward Mhango.

106′ – The second-half of extra-time is underway.

Extra-time half-time: Wits 2-2 Arrows

105′ – Wits coach Gavin Hunt and Arrows coach Clinton Larsen are both sent to the stands by the match referee.

100′ – Nonyane whips a long back into the Wits box and Josephs comes out to gather the ball with ease.

91′ – The first-half of extra-time is underway.

Extra-Time to follow.

FULL-TIME: Wits 2-2 Arrows

90′ – Four minutes added by the fourth official.

85′ – The Clever Boys are doing most of the attacking in the closing stages as they search for a late winning goal.

84′ – Wits sub: Pienaar IN, Claasen OUT.

80′ – GOOD SAVE! Josephs makes a good low save to deny Nonyane at his near-post as Abafana Bes’thende looked to restore their lead.

75′ – Wits sub: Mhango IN, Pule OUT.

70′ – CHANCE! Pule’s cross finds his Wits captain Hlatshwayo at the far post and the latter heads wide.

65′ – Play is stopped as Nonyane is down injured after colliding with Gumede and Keene.

61′ – GOAL! Wits 2-2 Arrows. Keene finds the back of the net following a mistake by Arrows defender Nonyane.

60′ – GOOD BLOCK! Phiri’s attempt is blocked from close range following a good move by Clever Boys.

55′ – Pule’s curling effort from a free-kick outside the Arrows box is easily saved by Gumede.

50′ – Wits winger Pelembe forces Arrows keeper Gumede into a good save as the hosts look to level matters.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

HALF-TIME: Wits 1-2 Arrows.

45 + 3′ RED CARD! Arrows midfielder Phiri receives his second yellow card and he’s sent off.

45′ – The fourth official has added five minutes.

40′ – Play has resumed and Wits are pressing Arrows as the half-time break approaches.

35′ – Play is stopped as Wits midfielder Claasen, who is also making his competitive debut for the Clever Boys, is down injured.

30′ – Arrows have taken a surprise lead as we reach the half-hour mark here in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

26′ – GOAL! Wits 1-2 Arrows. Keene beats Arrows keeper Gumede from the spot-kick.

26′ – PENALTY! Wits are awarded a penalty after Pule is fouled in the Arrows box.

25′ – GOAL! Wits 0-2 Arrows. Jooste sets up Mahachi, who hits the back of the net.

24′ – Arrows have been forced to make an early change as Magubane is substituted due to an injury.

22′ – Arrows sub: Sibiya IN, Magubane OUT

20′ – RED CARD! Wits defender Damjanovic receives a red card for a dangerous tackle on his competitive debut for the hosts.

15′ – Josephs produces a good save to deny Arrows full-back Dube as the visitors look to double their lead.

11′ – GOAL! Wits 0-1 Arrows. Lamola beats Wits keeper Josephs with a good header to hand Arrows the lead.

10′ – Arrows are looking to launch quick counter-attacks against Wits.

5′ – The hosts threaten first as Pule’s effort is deflected dangerously past the upright as Wits look for an early goal.

1′ – The match is underway.



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Abraw emerges at Bidvest Wits – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Camaldine Abraw of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates a goal during the Absa Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzbueg United on 06 February 2016 at FNB Stadium Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Thursday Aug 03, 2017. 10:00


Former Kaizer Chiefs forward Camaldine Abraw has popped up at Absa Premiership champions Bidvest Wits, as he goes in search of a new football home.

The Togo international’s contract was terminated by mutual consent in July, with the forward having struggled with injury in his time at Naturena.

Abraw, 26, has reportedly impressed in his time on trial at the Braamfontein-based club, with head coach Gavin Hunt eager to add to his striking options.

“He [Abraw] is doing okay, I don’t know if he will sign but he is doing okay,” Hunt told KickOff.com – holding his cards close to his chest.

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Bidvest Wits have already signed five players: Steven Pienaar, Daylon Claasen, Kobamelo Kodisang, Slavko Damjanovic and Bokang Thlone. The club to get their MTN8 title defence underway next week.



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Bidvest Wits and Lebogang Manyama shine at South Africa’s PSL awards


Lebogang Manyama of Cape Town City FC wins the Absa Premiership Top Goal Scorerer, Footballer of the Season and Absa Premiership Player’s Player of the Season during the 2016/17 PSL Awards at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg South Africa on 10 July 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Brian Lee

Tuesday Jul 11, 2017. 00:11


The 2016/17 Absa Premiership Champions, Bidvest Wits, and new comers Cape Town City were the big winners at the South African Premier Soccer League awards ceremony.

The PSL rewarded the top performers for the season at the Sandton Convention Centre in Gauteng on Monday night, July 10.

Both Bidvest Wits and Cape Town City picked up five accolades a piece with Lebogang Manyama the biggest individual winner on the night.

Manyama won three awards (including the Absa Premiership Top goal scorer, the Absa Premiership Players’ Player of the Season and the PSL Footballer of the Season) and picked up a total of R425 000 in prize money.

Below is a full list of the winners and the prize money that comes along with the accolade:

MTN8 Last Man Standing: Daine Klate (Bidvest Wits) – R80 000

Telkom Knockout Player of the Tournament: Aubrey Ngoma (Cape Town City) – R200 000

Nedbank Cup Young Player of the Tournament: Nduduzo Sibiya (Golden Arrows) – R50 000

Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament: Abbubaker Mobara (Orlando Pirates) – R150 000

NFD Top goal scorer (winner): Sedwyn George (Royal Eagles – 20) – R50 000

MultiChoice Diski Challenge Top Goal Scorer: Tshegofatso Mabaso (Bloemfontein Celtic – 12)

MultiChoice Diski Challenge Player of the Tournament: Keletso Makgalwa (Mamelodi Sundowns) – R30 000

PSL Assistant Referee of the Season: Luvuyo Pupuma – R40 000

PSL Referee of the Season: Phelelani Ndaba – R50 000

Absa Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season: Darren Keet (Bidvest Wits) – R50 000

Absa Premiership Young Player of the Season: Phakamani Mahlambi (Bidvest Wits) – R50 000

Absa Premiership Coach of the Season: Gavin Hunt (Bidvest Wits) – R75 000

Absa Premiership Top goal scorer: Lebogang Manyama (Cape Town City – 13) – R25 000

Absa Premiership Defender of the Season: Thulani Hlatshwayo (Bidvest Wits) – R50 000

Absa Premiership Midfielder of the Season: Aubrey Ngoma (Cape Town City) – R50 000

Absa Premiership Goal of the Season: Siphiwe Tshabalala (Chiefs vs SuperSport United, 29 April 2017) – R50 000

Absa Premiership Players’ Player of the Season: Lebogang Manyama (Cape Town City) – R150 000

PSL Footballer of the Season: Lebogang Manyama (Cape Town City) – R250 000



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Bidvest Wits coach wants more success – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Gavin Hunt (l) and Thulani Hlatshwayo celebrates as Wits are crowned the 2016/2017 Absa Premiership Champions during the 2016/17 Absa Premiership football match between Kaizer Chiefs and Bidvest Wits at Soccer City, Johannesburg on 27 May 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Sunday May 28, 2017. 18:00


Gavin Hunt has explained that Bidvest Wits must not rest on their laurels after winning the 2016/17 Absa Premiership title.

The Clever Boys lost their final game of the season 1-0 away to Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday, but they had already secured the championship in the previous round.

Hunt, who has now won four PSL titles, wants to see this Wits side create a legacy of success in the coming seasons.

“The season’s been tough. If it was easy then everyone would do it [win the title],“ he told SuperSport TV after the match at FNB Stadium.

“But we’ve done it, and where we go from here is the next question and we’re looking forward to going again and competing again because it’s going to be tough.

“There’s certainly more teams in the fray now who can win the league and this is the ultimate for any club.

“And a club like us, for 96 years we never won the league. This has got to be a big step forwards.

“But we have been competing over the last few years.”

Hunt also explained how his squad depth was key to Wits’ title triumph.

“That’s what the team’s all about: using the squad as best we can, trying to make good, clever signings, players who have good attitudes, players who want to work, want to improve, good attitudes. It’s not always about the ability sometimes,” said the coach.

“We’ve got a good bunch here and, as I always say, can they go to the next level now? Can we keep pushing on? I’ve been here – I don’t even know how many years – four years and we keep getting more points, more points – it’s going to be harder now.”



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Bidvest Wits secure first Absa Premiership title – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Bidvest Wits win the 2016/17 Absa Premiership title during football match between Bidvest Wits and Polokwane City at Bidvest Stadium, Johannesburg on 17 May 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Wednesday May 17, 2017. 21:32


Bidvest Wits won the 2016/17 Absa Premiership title after defeating Polokwane City 2-0 at the Bidvest Stadium on Wednesday night.

This was after Mamelodi Sundowns dropped points against Maritzburg United, while the Clever Boys secured a victory over Rise and Shine, who remain sixth on the league table.

It took only three minutes for James Keene to fire Wits into the lead when he headed past Polokwane goalkeeper George Chigova to make it 1-0 to the home side.

Lorence Vilakazi, the Polokwane midfielder, then tried his luck from range in the 17th minute, but his attempt was well saved by Wits shot-stopper Darren Keet.

However, the South African goalkeeper and his defence were able to contain Polokwane and the score was 1-0 to Wits at the interval.

Polokwane coach Bernard Molekwa made the first change of the game when he pulled out Walter Musona for Rendai Ndou just three minutes into the second-half.

But the home side doubled their lead on the hour-mark when Daine Klate fired past Chigova to make it 2-0 to Wits much to the delight of their fans.

The Clever Boys then dominated the remaining minutes of the match – attacking in numbers as they looked to extend their lead.

However, Polokwane center back Thapelo Tshilo and his team-mates were able to contain Wits, who emerged 2-0 winners at home in the end.



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Bidvest Wits drop points in Free State – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Sinethemba Jantjie of Free State Stars

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Wednesday May 10, 2017. 21:19


Free State Stars stunned Bidvest Wits 3-1 in an Absa Premiership match at the Goble Park Stadium in Bethlehem on Wednesday night.

The win sees Ea Lla Koto climb up to the 12th spot on the league standings, while the Clever Boys remain at the top of the table with two games left.

Ea Lla Koto had a chance to take an early lead from a free-kick in the ninth minute, but Tamsanqa Teyise’s effort from the set-piece was saved by Wits goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs.

But the veteran shot-stopper was beaten 15 minutes later when Makhehlene Makhaula pulled the trigger from outside the box and the ball hit the back of the net to make it 1-0 to Stars.

Wits were finding it difficult to break Stars defence. Mogakolodi Ngele, the Wits striker, was neutralised by the Stars central defenders Rooi Mahamutsa and Tamsanqa Teyise.

Ea Lla Koto were able to contain the Clever Boys until the match blew the half-time whistle and Stars were leading 1-0 during the half-time much to the delight of the home crowd.

The Clever Boys came very close to levelling matters twelve minutes into the second-half, but Vincent Phiri’s effort which had beaten Thela Ngobeni in Stars goal hit the upright.

It was soon 2-0 to Stars in the 65th minute when Mohammed Anas fired home after Sifiso Mbhele’s effort had hit the upright and the former punished the Wits the defence.

Ten minutes later, Wits striker Cuthbert Malajila hit the back of the net to make it 2-1 for his side. But the visitors were reduced to 10 men after Sifiso Myeni received a straight red card.

Stars then took advantage of their numerical advantage as Sinethemba Jantjie scored in the last minute and the home side recorded a 3-1 victory over Wits.

FS Stars (1) 3 (Makhaula 24′, Anas 65′, Jantjie 90′)

Wits (0) 1 (Malajila 75′)

FS Stars: Ngobeni, Mbhele, Teyise, Sekotlong (Kerspuy 71′), Mahamutsa, Jantjie, Masehe, Dlamini (Venter 90′) Mashego, Anas, Makhaula.

Wits: Josephs, Hlatshwayo, Mkhwanazi, Ntshangase, Ngele (47′), Scott, Frosler, Monare (Keene 70′), Mahlambi, Pule (Klate 61′), Malajil



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