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Platinum Stars 2-1 Bidvest Wits

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Mkhabela: Two-goal hero

Mkhabela: Two-goal hero

A brace from Innocent Mkhabela handed Platinum Stars all three points as they saw off Bidvest Wits with a 2-1 win at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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Mkhabela put Dikwena ahead after just 15 minutes, but the Students replied almost instantly as Letsie Koapeng put the ball in the back of the net two minutes later.

The hosts, though, regained the lead on 70 minutes as Mkhabela completed his double to take the side second in the standings, two points ahead of third-placed Orlando Pirates, who play Free State Stars later the same day.

Wits, meanwhile, remain in sixth with 15 points from their opening 10 league matches.

Stars came out the blocks flying and in-form hitman Henrico Botes had a good chance to open the scoring but could only put his header wide, but they eventually took the lead through Mkhabela, who fired home after 15 minutes.

Just two minutes later though the visitors were back on level terms as Mzikayise Mashaba crossed in to find Koapeng, who smartly headed home.

Shortly before the break through Faty Papy had good chance to put Wits ahead for the first time, but could only rifle his shot over, while Benson Mhlongo then also got site of goal as the half came to a close, but could only fire wired of the mark.

Antonio Lopez Habas' men came out the stronger side in the second-half, but Tinashe Nengomasha, Sibusiso Vilakazi and Calvin Kadi were all guilty of wasting good shooting chances.

Botes then had a great chance to score on the hour mark but fired narrowly wide, while Sibusiso Msomi couldn't keep his effort down and blazed over.

However, the Rustenburg-based side would eventually get their reward as a Vuyo Mere free-kick picked out Mkhabela, who duly put the ball home from close range.

Botes was then again guilty of some woeful finishing, and they were almost made to pay for that in the dying moments as Faty fired at goal, but Siyabonga Mpontshane was able to make the save and hold out for the win.

Posted: 10/11/12 15:27

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