This exciting Absa Premiership match took place at Johannesburg’s Bidvest Stadium on Tuesday evening. The Students got 2-0 up, before Amakhosi got a goal back thanks to a Lorenzo Gordinho header.
Steve Komphela decided to start with Hendrick Ekstein, who had done well in Chiefs’ 2-0 win over Orlando Pirates in the Carling Black Label Champions Cup, while Ramahlwe Mphahlele was handed his debut in an official match.
The first real chance of the game came in the 13th minute when Daine Klate’s well-taken cross found his Wits teammate Eleazar Rodgers who then headed over the target.
Wits threatened again three minutes later when Frank Mhango beat Ramahlwe Mphahlele in the box, but Willard Katsande was able to clear the ball away.
The Clever Boys were the better side going forward, while Amakhosi were struggling to maintain possession in the opposition’s half.
Wits got their opener in the 34th minute thanks to Elias Pelembe after a good cross from the left flank by Sfiso Hlanti.
It was a major set-back for Amakhosi.
Wits also started the second half as the better team, but, slowly, Chiefs tried to go forward more as well.
Coach Komphela decided to start ring the changes in the 57th minute, bringing on Emmanuel Letlotlo for George Lebese, who had a rather quiet game.
Chiefs started to get into goal scoring positions the more the game progressed.
However, slightly against the run of play, the Clever Boys got their second goal in the 65th minute. Daine Klate took a corner, which was well headed in by their captain Thulani Hlatswayo.
Another chance came in the 72nd minute when Zambian striker Lewis Macha was handed his debut, replacing George Maluleka.
Amakhosi didn’t give up easily, trying all to come back in the game.
A free kick was taken in the 82nd minute by William Twala. The tricky winger found Lorenzo Gordinho’s head. The Chiefs defender finished nicely, 2-1, and all of a sudden the visitors were in with a chance to get something out of this first league match of the season.
Letlotlo got a great opportunity to equalise in the dying seconds of the game after some good work by another substitute, Edward Manqele. The talented young striker, however, failed to hit the target.
In the end, Amakhosi lost 2-1, a rather disappointing start to the season. On the other hand, there are still many games to play to make up for this loss. It’s still early days.