Rasuke sinks Wits

Jomo Cosmos gave their battle against relegation a boost with a 1-0 win over Bidvest Wits in Johannesburg on Wednesday evening, with winger Matthew Rusike scoring the only goal of the game.

Though Ezenkosi were second best for large portions of the Absa Premiership game at Bidvest Stadium, the second-half strike from their young Zimbabwean was enough to hand them just their second league victory of the season – and their first away from home.

As for the Clever Boys, their slide down the table continues unabated after this, their seventh league match without a win and third successive loss.

Wits created the better scoring chances in the first half and perhaps should have taken the lead as early as the fourth minute when youngsters Asive Langwe and Letsie Koapeng combined to set up the latter with a shooting opportunity from 12 yards out, but the forward sent his effort wide of the target.

The Clever Boys’ next big opportunities arrived in the 37th minute. Langwe tried his hand from long range with a superbly-hit shot that forced Cosmos goalkeeper Avril Phali into an excellent save. The subsequent corner kick saw a free header from Mbulelo Mabizela, but once again Phali was on hand to keep the score line blank.

Cosmos showed more impetus in attack in the early minutes of the second half, but again it was Wits who nearly broke the deadlock when Bhongolwethu Jayiya let fly from 20 metres out only to see the ball flash just wide of the goal posts.

A minute before the hour mark Ezenkosi had their first real chance to open the scoring, but striker Siyabonga Nonthinga shot over the crossbar from 18 yards out, leaving Emille Baron still awaiting his first significant involvement of the game.

As it turned out, the Wits goalkeeper was picking the ball out the back of his net two minutes later, as the visitors scored against the run of play when Matthew Rusike turned home a low cross from former Clever Boys midfielder Mark Haskins; Cosmos were 1-0 up and headed for a rare win.

Ezenkosi almost doubled their lead on 69 minutes, as a corner kick from substitute Katleho Loke found the head of Elhadji Samb, but the Senegalese defender put his effort over the crossbar. Luckily the visitors didn’t need a second goal to secure all three points.

Wits’ only real effort to equalise in the dying minutes was a long range strike from Enrico Adolph that was easily handled by Phali.

Bidvest Wits 0

Jomo Cosmos (0) 1 (Rusike 61’)

Teams:

Wits: Baron; Pule, Batabaire, Mabizela, Adolph, Masalesa, Sib. Vilakazi (Sif. Vilakazi 64’), Jayiya, Fredericks (Appolis 77’), Langwe, Koapeng

Cosmos: Phali; Kobola, Berthe, Appiah (Loke 58’), Samb, Shitolo, Mkwanazi, Haskins, Rusike (B. Sono 75’), S. Nhlapo, Nontshinga