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Lehlohonolo Majoro © Backpagepix

CTC and Wits in top of the log clash  

 Cape Town City and Bidvest Wits will face off in a top of Absa Premiership log clash at the Cape Town Stadium in the Mother City on Wednesday.  


Kick-off is 7:30pm.  

The Citizens overcame Platinum Stars 4-2 in their previous league encounter which was played at the Moruleng Stadium last week Thursday.  

Thabo Nodada and Lehlohonolo Majoro grabbed two first-half goals for City, while Judas Moseamedi and Aubrey Ngoma also netted for the Citizens in the second-half.  

The victory extended City's unbeaten run to eight league matches. They have registered six wins and two draws during their current impressive run.  

City are placed at the top of the league log standings with 45 points from 23 matches. They are only ahead of second-placed Kaizer Chiefs on goal-difference.  

Majoro has ended his scoring drought for the Citizens. The 30-year-old forward has the ability to inspire Eric Tinkler's side to victory over the Clever Boys.  

City goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters has stressed the importance of their must win clash with their league title rivals Clever Boys.  

"Well, this game will have an impact on the league title race because both teams are challenging for the trophy," Walters said.  

"There's no room for mistakes in this match. The outcome of the match will affect the log standings because the winner will open a gab at the top.  

"We doing our usual pre-match preparations. It is just another game that we need to win in order to keep ourselves in the race."  

Meanwhile, Wits are coming off a 1-0 defeat to Egyptian club Smouha in the CAF Confederation Cup match which was played in Borg El Arab over the weekend.  

However, Clever Boys beat Lamontville Golden Arrows 3-0 in their last domestic league match which was played last week Tuesday.  

Mogakolodi Ngele hit the back of the net twice for the Clever Boys in the second-half. Frank Mhango had scored once in the first-half.  

Wits are placed third on the league standings with 44 points from 21 matches. They are only a point behind log leaders City.  

Ngele is the player to watch out for in the Clever Boys team. The 26-year-old forward, who has netted six goals in all competitions, has rediscovered his scoring form.  

Wits have played two games less than City, but head coach Gavin Hunt insists that their games in hand do not give them an edge in the race for the league title.  



“I swear‚ I am not just saying this‚ I don’t even look at the games in hand. I look at how many points we have and what’s our situation," Hunt said.  

"If we can get ourselves going and then say‚ ‘oh by the way we have played two games less.’ Then we are in the right direction.  

"But right now we just have to get the points and keep going because I know with five games to go before the league finishes‚ it doesn’t matter who you are‚ funny things happen," he continued.  

"We need to keep going. We still have to go to Cape Town City‚ then face SuperSport United here‚ Orlando Pirates here and Mamelodi Sundowns here."  

When Wits and City met in first-round league match, the latter walked away 3-2 winners at the Bidvest Stadium last December.  

Lebogang Manyama (brace) and Ronald Putsche netted for the Citizens, while Bongani Khumalo and Eleazar Rodgers scored for the Clever Boys.  





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