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Cape Town All Stars 0-2 Bidvest Wits: Ngele fires Clever Boys into Nedbank Cup last 16

22:21 GMT+3 15/03/2017
Bidvest Wits, Mogakolodi Ngele
Mogakolodi Ngele's second-half brace helped the Clever Boys book their place in the 2017 Nedbank Cup last 16

Bidvest Wits brushed aside Cape Town All Stars 2-0 in the Nedbank Cup last 32 game which was played at the Athlone Stadium in the Mother City on Wednesday night.

As a result the Clever Boys, who won this competition seven years ago, booked their place in the last 16 and they will be part of Thursday's draw.

Wits coach Gavin Hunt made eight changes to the starting line-up that faced Egyptian giants Al Ahly in the 2017 Caf Champions League first round first-leg clash in Cairo over the weekend.

Thulani Hlatshwayo, Sifiso Hlanti and Xola Mlambo were the three players, who were retained against an All Stars side undefeated in their last six National First Division (NFD) games.

Patrick Mabedi, the All Stars coach, fielded a strong team against the PSL title contenders. All Stars' top goalscorer this season, Lesvin Stoffels started upfront for Igugu Lekapa.

The Clever Boys applied some pressure on Igugu Lekapa in the opening stages of the game with Mogakolodi Ngele and Elias Pelembe keeping the home side's defence busy with their skill and pace.

But City launched a rare attack in the 20th minute and they managed to unlock the Wits defence, but goalkeeper Darren Keet was able to come out and collect the ball with ease.

Wits forward Ngele had a chance to fire his side into the lead eight minutes later, but City shot-stopper Ludwe Mpakumpaku was alert as he denied the Botswana international.

The home side upped their game towards the end of the first-half, but captain Hlatshwayo and his Clever Boys troops managed to contain them and the score was 0-0 during the half-time break.

However, the visitors began the second-half like a house on fire and former Mamelodi Sundowns forward Ngele got the goal he had been looking for almost immediately after the restart.

A long throw from Hlatshwayo was flicked on by Ejike Uzoenyi and Mpakumpaku parried the ball into the path of Ngele, who scored to make it 1-0 to Wits in the 46th minute.

The momentum was with the Clever Boys piling pressure on the shaky Igugu Lekapa defence which was struggling to contain the reigning MTN8 Cup champions.

It was soon 2-0 to Wits in the 56th minute when Ngele grabbed his brace - curling the ball into the back of the net with a beautiful effort from outside the box - with Mpakumpaku well-beaten.

Hunt decided to introduce Jabulani Shongwe, a central midfielder by trade, for winger Uzoenyi in the 73rd minute as Wits looked to gain full control of the central midfield.

The former PSL Coach of the Season's tactics worked as Wits stood firm at the back in the remaining minutes of the game and they emerged 2-0 winners on the night.