Bidvest Wits FC handed the defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns FC their first loss in a run of 15 games unbeaten, as they moved to 2nd place on the PSL log table. The result put them seven points behind log leaders Kaizer Chiefs.
Coach Gavin Hunt said that they were especially motivated for this tie, not only because of their early exist of the continental competition from a penalty shoot out against the Leopards of Swaziland. But mostly because of an article which he quoted as saying that “Mamelodi Sundowns FC are about to play their easiest game of the season” (meaning Bidvest Wits). Hunt declared the article disrespectful in the post match interview; and said that they had a cut out of the article in the change room for extra fire.
It was a highly tactical match, with Bivest Wits not allowing the defending champions room to impose themselves. And the goal settling matters was the icing on the cake for a man of the match performance from Sibusiso Vilakazi, who beat the Sundowns defense for pace, eliminated Ramahle Mphahlele with a skillful misdirection before slotting the ball past Dennis Onyango to score in the 75 min.
A visibly disappointed Pitso Mosimane lamented the miss in the dying minutes which was deflected on to the upright from a corner by saying that “if a ball like that does not go in then you know that it is not your night.”
This result was Bidvest Wits 8 official PSL game without a loss, all the while maintaining their brilliant defensive record which is joint best in the league with Kaizer Chiefs.