After a two-year wait in South Africa, Gerald Phiri junior made the most of his Bidvest Wits’ debut, scoring the lone goal in a 1-0 win over Orlando Pirates on Saturday.
Phiri, with his controversial compatriot Gabadinho Mhango relegated to the substitutes’ bench for Wits, swept in the winner in the fifth minute.
It was the first win of the season for Wits as they took their tally to five points from six games.
Wits bounced back from Wednesday’s 3-0 loss to AmaZulu in a match that turned ugly for Gabadinho who was accused of spitting at Michael Morton for the home team.
However, Wits finally got it right on Saturday as Phiri— playing for the PSL champions for the first time since signing from Zimbabwe’s Caps United in 2015—reacted the fastest in the box, after Phumlani Ntshangase’s long free-kick, to sweep the ball into the net.
It was a reward for Phiri who spent the past two seasons on loan at Township Rollers in Botswana then at another PSL side Platinum Stars.
In another game involving a Malawian, Flames Captain, Limbikani Mzava, stood firm in Golden Arrows’ defence as the leaders drew 0-0 against Kaizer Chiefs.
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