City stay top after draw with Wits
Cape Town City defended their position at the top of the Absa Premiership with a 1-1 draw against Bidvest Wits at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The Citizens looked in danger of being leapfrogged by the Clever Boys, who held the lead for more than an hour of the 90 minutes after an early penalty by Phakamani Mahlambi, but a first goal in top-flight football for Tshepo Gumede ensured the spoils were shared.
Wits were gifted an early penalty when Phakamani Mahlambi was clumsily tripped by Thamsanqa Mkhize. The young attacker took the spot kick himself and coolly converted to make it 1-0 to the visitors in the fifth minute.
City took their time settling into the game, but as the first half wore on they began to create more chances. Their first notable effort on target arrived on the half hour mark when Sibusiso Masina’s glancing header forced a save from Darren Keet.
The hosts dominated the final stages of the first stanza and were particularly dangerous when they moved the ball out wide through their overlapping fullbacks, but a lack of quality in the final cross and/or shot meant Wits remained in the lead up to the interval.
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City made a change at the start of the second half to bring on Bhongolwethu Jayiya in place of Masina, and it wasn’t long before they further boosted their attack with the introduction of Lehlohonolo Majoro up front.
The Clever Boys responded by sending on the experienced Daine Klate and the more defensively minded Xola Mlambo, with Gavin Hunt setting his team out to sit back and look to hit on the counter attack.
Yet they conceded an equaliser in the 71st minute. Aubrey Ngoma provided a wonderful delivery from a free kick and defender Tshepo Gumede scored with a glancing header for his first goal in senior football.
Neither side was able to really threaten a goal in what remained of the game, though City certainly finished the stronger of the two.
Cape Town City (0) 1 (Gumede 71’)
Bidvest Wits (1) 1 (Mahlambi 5’ pen)
City: Walters, Mkhize, Gumede, Johannes, Seedat (Edmilson 86’), Masina (Jayiya 46’), Nodada (Majoro 60’), Putsche, Ngoma, Manyama, Moseamedi
Wits: Keet, Frosler, Mkhwanazi, Hlatshwayo, Hlanti, Myeni (Mlambo 65’), Motshwari, Ntshangase, Ngele (Klate 63’), Mahlambi (Mhango 74’), Malajila