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  • 05 April 2014
  • • 15:00
  • • Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
  • Referee: T. Nkosi
  • • Attendance: 3000

Ngcobo, during his days in the Bafana setup

Black Aces 1-2 Bidvest Wits: Students play keep up

Ngcobo, during his days in the Bafana setup


A first half brace by Sthembiso Ngcobo steered Bidvest Wits to a 2-1 victory over high-flying Mpumalanga Black Aces at the Mbombela Stadium on Saturday

Aces came into this game after a 1-0 midweek victory over Orlando Pirates and they were seeking to add another scalp in the form of Gavin Hunt's Wits to their roster.

So as expected, Aces started off the brighter side when Zimbabwean international Tendai Ndoro was brought down on the edge of the box in the first minute by Sboniso Gumede, but the resultant free-kick went wayward.

The visitors would slowly get into the game and after they had found their feet, they opened the scoring after nine minutes when Ngcobo beat the off-side trap to lob over the advancing Bafana Nhlapho.

Ndoro was then denied a minute later by Moeneeb Josephs with a great one-hand save as the home side were looking to get back into the tie as soon as possible.

The former Kaizer Chiefs man, Ngcobo completed his brace in similar fashion like his first goal, capitalising once more on slack defending by Mbulelo Mabizela and co to fire past Nhlapho in the 15th minute.

That's where it would end for him though as he was replaced by Ryan Chapman after succumbing to an injury in the 33rd minute.

Ndoro finally got his goal with a header from an Abia Nale supply after catching the Students napping five minutes to the break.

The visitors were desperately holding onto their lead, and it was evidently clear when Josephs was forced into a double-save to first deny Thabo Qalinge and then Nale the equaliser in the 72nd minute.

On the other hand, Josephs was forced into action yet again, this time by Nhlapho, who produced another great save from the former Bafana Bafana number two.

The win sees Wits further solidify their top-three position while Aces remain in sixth spot, level on points with the likes of Pirates and Supersport United. The latter moved level on points with Amazayoni after a 1-0 victory over Bucs in a fixture played concurrently.