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Mphela: Back amongst the goals

Mphela: Back amongst the goals

Pitso Mosimane continued to weave his magic at Mamelodi Sundowns as they earned a 2-0 victory over Bidvest Wits to climb five points clear of the relegation zone.

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Alje Schut netted the opener after 22 minutes, while Katlego Mphela's resurgence under the former Bafana Bafana coach continued to pay dividends as he scored his second in as many games to seal the win.

The result marked back-to-back wins for Mosimane, who succeeded Johan Neeskens at the beginning of December, and his third match without defeat since taking up the reins.

The result took the Brazilians to 10th with 17 points from their opening 15 PSL matches, while Wits remained seventh in the standings with 18 points, leaving the Students' early season merely a memory having now failed to win in their last six league matches.

The visitors threatened from the start, with Wits goalkeeper Ryan Harrison forced into action as early as the fourth minute, keeping out a thunderbolt from Mphela.

Matthew Pattison had perhaps the best chance of the first period for the hosts in the 19th minute, but after turning cleverly and skipping past the Downs defence, he fired narrowly wide to the left.

Three minutes later, Downs took the lead when Schut connected with a header from a Tebogo Langerman corner to put the visitors in front.

A charging Nyasha Mushekwi had an opportunity to stretch the gap shortly before the interval, but he stumbled over Harrison and fluffed the attempt.

Harrison was again called to action nine minutes after the break, keeping out a low, left-footed strike from Mushekwi.

Wits had a rare chance two minutes later but Method Mwanjali saved a deflected shot from Ryan Chapman on the line, producing a bicycle kick to keep the ball out.

Calvin Kadi also came close, on the hour mark, as the hosts went in search of the equaliser, but Sundowns goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands dived to the left and got a hand to his close-range effort.

Mphela scored from the edge of the area with 23 minutes remaining and his strike seemed to rip the wind from the home team's sails.

Posted: 15/12/12 20:04

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