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Wits Keep Title Hopes Alive With Chippa Scalp

Absa Premiership
Result: Chippa United 0-1 Bidvest Wits 
Date: 12 April 2019
Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 
Bidvest Wits kept their Absa Premiership title hopes alive after with a slender win over relegation-threatened Chippa United on Friday night.
The Clever Boys made four changes from their defeat against Orlando Pirates last weekend, with the likes of Elias Pelembe, Lehlohonolo Majoro, Deon Hotto and Lehlohonolo Nonyane being brought to the fold.
The visitors showed a lot of attacking intent from the word go and they almost opened the scoring through Thulani Hlatshwayo in the 15th minute who’s header was parried onto the top of the crossbar by Chippa goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela.
The Chilli Boys played from deep in their own half, looking for the pace of Rhulani Manzini upfront but Wits employed a high line which always caught Manzini offside and also they won second balls easily.
Terrence Dzvukamanja almost broke the deadlock for Gavin Hunt’s men on the stroke of halftime with a curling strike from just outside the box, but his effort sailed just wide of the upright.
Despite a slow start in the early stages of the second stanza Rakhale had the best chance for the hosts two minutes before the hour-mark after going through inside the box following a defence splitting pass from Mayambela but he struck his shot wide.
Hunt made his first substitution just after the hour mark as Fagrie Lakay came on for Majoro and Larsen responded by making a double change three minutes later, introducing Lerato Manzini and Tercious Malepe for Rhulani Manzini and Mark Mayambela.
With the match in desperate need of a goal, Hotto delivered for Wits with 15 minutes remaining after putting away a header inside the box following another great cross from Pelembe on the right wing.
After conceding the goal, Larsen was forced to go for broke and he brought on Ruzaigh Gamildien, who almost snatched the equaliser for Chippa with ten minutes remaining after unleashing a great free-kick that forced goalkeeper Ricardo Goss into a superb save.
In the end the Clever Boys were able to hold on to their lead to move within three points of log leaders Orlando Pirates in third place while the Chilli Boys remain in the precarious 13th spot.
Here's how they lined up:
Chippa: 42. Mzimela, 4. Macheke, 47. Nsabiyumva, 20. Shitolo, 21. Tlolane, 32. Lentjies, 44. Komane, 8. Rakhale, 11. Mayambela, 7.  Mbenyane, 19. R.Manzini.
Subs: 32. Mothwa, 40. Twala, 18. Makobela, 25. Manzini, 24. Gamildien, 12. Malepe, 28. Malama.
Wits: 23. Goss, 3. Hlatshwayo, 15. Mkhwanazi, 4. Nonyane, 13. Hlanti, 8. Monare, 17. Alexander, 36. Dzvukamanja, 11. Hotto, 7. Pelembe, 45. Majoro.
Subs: 16. Keet, 2. Mere, 10. Mhango, 12. Scott, 21. Domingo, 9. Murray, 25. Lakay.


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