Gome gets first taste of cup glory

03 October 2016 | Sports


Namibian midfielder, Wangu Gome got his first taste of cup success in South Africa when Bidvest Wits powered to an emphatic 3-0 win over Mamelodi Sundowns in the MTN8 final at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday evening.

The fast-starting Clever Boys claimed their victory over the Brazilians thanks to a brace from Daine Klate and one goal by former Sundowns striker Eleazar Rodgers.

It is the Johannesburg side’s first Top Eight title since 1995 (and a third overall) and their first major trophy under the leadership of coach Gavin Hunt, who took over at Milpark in 2013.

Wits got off to a flyer, with Klate opening the scoring with less than 40 seconds on the clock.

The Clever Boys caught the Brazilians napping at the back and Klate was able to latch onto a poor clearance and fire home a right-footed shot from the edge of the box.

Wits got their second goal when Eleazar Rodgers netted in the 20th minute.

Elias Pelembe provided a cross from the right which neither Klate nor goalkeeper Denis Onyango managed to meet cleanly, and the resulting loose ball was turned home from close range by Rodgers.

‘Downs struggled to win a foothold in the game in the first 45 minutes and offered little in attack, with their best moment arriving on the stroke of halftime as Keagan Dolly went direct for goal from a free kick but put his shot just wide of Darren Keet’s right-hand post.

Rodgers clear down the right and his low cross was turned home on the slide by Klate to make it 3-0.

While Gome did not play in the match, the youngster was part of the squad and will mark the MTN8 as his first cup win in South Africa.


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