24 March 2009


Bageta Dikulu held his nerve with a late penalty to hand Maritzburg a crucial 2-1 win over Wits University at the the Woodburn Stadium on afternoon.

Dikulu scored the winner after Tebogo Langerman had levelled the game for Wits following Sipho Mngomezulu's opening goal.

The result lifts United to 12th spot on the Absa Premiership table and while the team is not home and dry yet, today's result will certainly help to alleviate the pressure felt for most of the season thus far.

Brice Aka came close to opening the scoring in the 18th minute, but was denied by an excellent save from Wits keeper Energy Murambadoro.

However, in the 22nd minute, following some excellent work from Simphiwe Mkhonza, the Team of Choice went ahead when Sipho Mngomezulu (pictured above) fired home.

The lead lasted just four minutes though as Tebogo Langerman headed home Samuel Ramasoeu's cross.

Collen Zimba looked set to restore Maritzburg's lead in the 48th minute, but again Murambadoro was on hand to make a great save.

It was Zimba however who earned United the chance to go ahead when two minutes from time, he was fouled in the penalty area.

Dikulu showed good composure to slot home the penalty, handing Maritzburg the crucial three points.

United: Babale, Mashishi, Bageta, Mkhonza, Ngwepe, Dhladhla, Arwuah, Mbemba, Mngomezulu (Ncubeni 66’), Davids (Zimba 46’), Aka (Pule 79’)

Wits: Murambadoro, Miller, A. Hendricks, Winstanley, Richards, Tipa, Oliveira, Myeni, Ramasoeu (Studzinski 59’), Kadi (Rantjie 69’), Langerman (Sosibo 82’)