Result: Black Leopards 0-1 (Mhango 81') Bidvest Wits
Date: 1 December 2018
Venue: Thohoyandou Stadium
Gabadinho Mhango came off the bench and netted the winning goal for Bidvest Wits, who defeated Black Leopards 1-0 at the Thohoyandou Stadium.
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The Clever Boys threatened early on as Gift Motupa and Simon Murray squandered chances in the opening 15 minutes.
Motupa was a real threat for the visitors and he went close to putting his side ahead after nodding wide of the target from close range on 22 minutes.
It was one-way traffic in the first half as Leopards were unable to maintain any sort of possession, which led to a lack of chances on their end.
Gavin Hunt's troops continued to push for the opening goal, with Cole Alexander failing to steer a header on target from close range in the 37th minute.
That proved to be the final clear-cut chance of the half as Leopards somehow found themselves level pegging with Wits at the break.
Shortly after the break, Leopards were forced into a change as Lifa Hlongwane replaced Xolani Ndlovu in the 54th minute.
As the second half went on, Leopards continued to sit back and defend, restricting Wits to efforts from distance, although none of them really threatened the hosts' goal.
Hunt opted for a change after 72 minutes as Motupa made way for Mhango after Lehlohonolo Majoro replaced Murray minutes earlier.
The change paid off for the Clever Boys as Mhango nodded home from close range to put his side ahead with nine minutes remaining.
The visitors were resolute enough to see out the closing stages to claim victory which sees them move up to second spot.
Here's how they lined up:
Leopards: 32. Muleka, 5. Munyai, Zulu, 28. Munganga, 33. Katjiukua, 7. X Ndlovu (Hlongwane 52’), 15. Bereng, 20. Nene, 11. Musonda, 12. Kapinga, 8. Nevhulamba (Tshepe 66’).
Subs: 17. Hlongwane, 10. Tshepe, 31. T. Ndlovu, 6. Madau, 22. K,Ndlovu, 25. Mokoena, 29. Masia.
Wits: 16. Keet, 2. Mere, 3. Hlatshwayo, 4. Nonyane, 13. Hlanti, 17. Alexander, 8. Monare, 24. Motupa (Mhango 72'), 11. Hotto (Claasen 80'), 7. Pelembe, 9. Murray (Majoro 65').
Subs: Goss, 25. Gyimah, 21. Domingo, 17. Mhango, 38. Dzvukamanja, 14. Claasen, 41. Majoro.