James Keene’s turning Bidvest Wits into a greater force

Keene's the hottest striker in SA now

Keene’s the hottest striker in SA now

English striker James Keene stole the spotlight with a perfect hat trick, while Sekese and Motshwari both benefitted from Vilakazi assists to round out a commanding performance.

The hosts were almost ahead in the second minute when Bhasera found Vilakazi in the area who had his effort blocked, Ntshangase’s follow-up cross was met by Hlatshwayo who put his headed effort narrowly wide.

15 minutes later Keene showed off his striking prowess, stealing the ball off Nyadombo and finishing neatly with his left foot off the upright to break the deadlock.

Josephs was superb in the match, making a double save in the 25th minute to deny the visitors an equaliser, first from a free kick and then stopping a close range effort from Kanyenda.

Bidvest Wits were clinical and four minutes later Klate picked out Keene at the back post with a pin-point cross, the unmarked striker guided his header home to double the home side’s advantage heading into half time.

Keene completed his hat-trick taking advantage of a poor defensive effort and sweeping the ball past Chigova from close range.

Vilakazi showed great teamwork in the 79th minute when he found himself one-on-one in the area but decided to lay the ball across to substitute Sekese who tapped in at the far post to extend the lead to 4 for Gavin Hunt’s side.

Ben Motshwari got on the scoresheet late into extra time when Vilakazi again played a superb ball to him. A burst of pace took the striker past his man before he slotted a low placed shot past the Polokwane City shot-stopper to make it 5-0 for Bidvest Wits.

The win sees The Clever Boys summit the ABSA Premiership log, going two points clear of Mamelodi Sundowns, Mpumalanga Black Aces and the rest of the chasing pack.