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Ruthless Wits Sink Downs To Clinch MTN8 Crown

MTN8 Final

Result: Bidvest Wits 3-0 Mamelodi Sundowns

Date: 01 October 2016

Venue: Mbombela Stadium

Bidvest Wits were crowned MTN8 champions after they ruthlessly defeated Mamelodi Sundowns 3-0 in the final on Saturday evening.

Wits broke the deadlock after 30 seconds, as a poor clearance fell to the feet of Daine Klate, who slammed home a right-footed effort from the edge of the box.

The rainy conditions were not helping the players, while Hlompho Kekana was lucky not to have seen red for a wild challenge on Klate.

The Clever Boys continued to push for a second goal and they were rewarded after 20 minutes when Eleazar Rodgers fired home close range, after Klate's header was blocked by Denis Onyango.

Sundowns, meanwhile, played second fiddle for most of the opening half, with the likes of Khama Billiat, Keagan Dolly and Sibusiso Vilakazi offering nothing going forward.

Wits were a constant threat down the flanks as Gabadinho Mhango and Elias Pelembe saw a lot of the ball in the opening 45 minutes, while Xola Mlambo and Thabang Monare worked tirelessly in the middle of the park.
 
Pitso Mosimane opted for a double change at the start of the second half, as Yannick Zakri and Siyanda Zwane replaced Anthony Laffor and Tebogo Langerman.
 
However, it was Wits who got the next goal as Rodgers turned provider to tee up Klate, who slid home his second goal of the game, 3-0.
 
With the Clever Boys comfortably leading, Gavin Hunt opted to introduce Sifiso Myeni for Mhango. While Percy Tau replaced Asavela Mbekile for the final 15 minutes.
 
However, Wits managed to see out the final stages with relative ease to claim the win, as Hunt clinched his first piece of silverware with the club.
 
Here's how they line-up:
 
Bidvest Wits: 1. Keet, 2. Allie, 3. Hlatshwayo, 7. Klate, 8. Monare, 9. Rodgers, 11. Pelembe, 13. Hlanti, 15. Mkhwanazi, 17. Mhango, 19. Mlambo.
 
Mamelodi Sundowns: 36. Onyango, 5. Mbekile, 4. Langerman, 16. Nascimento, 6. Arendse, 8. Kekana, 13. Mabunda, 7. Dolly, 11. Vilakazi, 28. Laffor, 33. Billiat.
 

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