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Gabadinho punishes Maduka, Atusaye with a 3-1 win

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RED-HOT Flames striker Gabadinho Mhango tormented his former South Africa Premier Soccer League side, Bloemfontein Celtic, and fellow Malawians, John Maduka and Atusaye Nyondo, with a goal in Bidvest Wits’ 3-1 win at Bidvest Stadium on Friday night.

The loss further condemned Celtic to the bottom of the log table following another loss to Platinum Stars on Sunday.

The John Maduka cocoached side went down 3-0 to Dikwena, whose two goals were scored by Flames attacking midfielder, Gerald Phiri Junior.

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Celtic remain just four points clear of the relegation zone. For Wits, the win keeps up their title challenge against teams like Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, Supersport United and Cape Town City.

Thulani Hlatshwayo put the Clever Boys ahead after eight minutes, converting Nazeer Allie’s cross from a long throw.

Kabelo Mahlasela equalised for Phunya Sele Sele 22 minutes later after communication breakdown between Darren Keet and Buhle Mkhwanazi allowed Mahlasela to poke the ball out of the goalkeeper’s hands and slot into the open net.

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Wits restored the lead through Mkhwanazi who headed in just after the hour mark before Mhango turned in Daine Klate’s cross with a header in the 73rd minute to send his former side back to Free State Province emptyhanded.

Wits held on to register a victory that keeps them a point short of leaders Cape Town City with two games in hand.

Friday night was also kind to the Flames duo of Robert Ng’ambi and Gerald Phiri Junior whose side, Platinum  Stars, came from behind to secure a late 2-1 win over Chippa United at Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

Dikwena were desperate for full points to escape the relegation zone as they sat 12th on the table and just five points clear of the bottom two ahead of kick-off.

Chippa could have returned to the top eight with a win and looked good enough when Lerato Manzini gave the Chilli Boys the lead in the 20th minute.

However, Ng’ambi pulled Dikwena back into the match with an equaliser just before the hour-mark. Stars’ substitute Benson Shilongo completed the comeback with the winner two minutes before regulation time.

Dikwena held on to record a valuable three points that sees them leapfrop Chippa into ninth place- thanks to a superior goal-difference.

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