Ngcobo goal punishes former team

Sthembiso Ngcobo punished his former team AmaZulu as he scored the only goal in the match to give Bidvest Wits a slender 1-0 win in an Absa Premiership match at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday evening.

Wits had two chances to take the lead inside the first seven minutes of the match.

Firstly, Ngcobo’s shot in the fourth minute went off target. Then three minutes later Wits playmaker Sibusiso Vilakazi slipped a cross into the box, but Ngcobo's weak header was handled by AmaZulu keeper Philani Zikala in the AmaZulu goal.

Against the run of play Wits grabbed the lead through former AmaZulu player Ngcobo, who joined the Clever Boys in the January transfer window from Usuthu.

Papy Faty sent a cross into the box searching for Ngcobo and the lanky striker scored with a looping header that wrong footed Zikalala in the 16th minute of the match, 1-0.

Wits should have doubled their lead in the 38th minute, but a lovely move ended with poor finishing.

Ngcobo combined well with Jabulani Shongwe on the left flank with the latter crossing at the far post for the unmarked Vilakazi, but the Wits skipper blasted his effort over the bar from close range.

Wits were again guilty of poor finishing when they failed to capitalise on a slow AmaZulu backline in the 49th minute.

Ngcobo pulled the ball back for Shongwe, but the former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder fired his effort wide of goal from 12-yards out with no pressure on him.

Siboniso Gumede’s effort in the 56th minute went inches wide of goal when the ball fell to him on the edge of the box after a corner-kick. The defender lashed at the ball but it went agonisingly wide of goal.

Wits soaked up the pressure and defended well in the final stages of the match with AmaZulu offering minimal threats in attack.

The win was the first in 2014 for the Clever Boys who had lost their first two matches of the year while Usuthu suffered their first loss in the New Year.

AmaZulu (0) 0

Bidvest Wits (1) 1 (Ngcobo 16’)

Teams:

AmaZulu: Zikalala, Macala, Hlanti, Teyise, Nyadombo, Madondo, Arwuah (Cele 83’), Dlamini G, Manqana (Liphoko 69’), Dlamini A, Ndulula (Mthiyane 64’)

Bidvest Wits: Onyango, Bhasera, Gumede, Mngonyama, Nhlapo, Shongwe (Madubanya 93’), Ntshangase,Vilakazi, Faty, Ngcobo ( Benjani 79’), Kadi