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Clever Boys Crowned TKO Champs

Bidvest Wits claimed the title of Telkom Knockout 2017 Champions after a late winner from Vincent Pule saw them beat out Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday evening.

Both sides started tentatively, looking for solid touches to settle their nerves and try to find a tempo.

Egyptian Striker Gamal Amr had a good look at goal in the 17th minute, rising to meet a corner but not finding the target with his header across goal.

Gabadinho Mhango went agonisingly close after a neat turn left two of the Celtic defenders for dead, his shot struck the upright and ricocheted across the face of goal, struck the far post and deflected into the path of Daylon Claasen and Gamal who both were unable to react quickly enough to convert the chance.

The Clever Boys continued to push for the opener with Phunya Sele Sele playing on the break at pace and in numbers, overloading the flanks and looking for the long ball.

The sides resumed the second half still locked at 0-0.

10 Minutes into the second half Gamal had another good chance, his header from a Hlanti cross went straight at a well placed Tignyemb.

Darren Keet made an important save on the hour mark after a header from the edge of the area from Victor Letsoalo seemed destined for a goal, but Keet’s fingertip save was able to push the ball onto the crossbar to keep the sides level.

Celtic seemed to be growing into the game in the final quarter of the game, pushing Wits back into their own half and applying good pressure, Hunt’s men looking to play on the break.

The deadlock was finally broken seven seconds before the 90 minute mark. A great turn in the box by Gamal saw him pick out substitute Pule who finished with a superb back-heel to seal the victory and the cup.

The win sees Bidvest Wits pick up their third trophy in just over 14 months and Gavin Hunt becoming only the second coach in the modern PSL era to win every prize available in domestic football.

Bidvest Wits
1 - 0
Bloemfontein Celtic
2017/12/0220:00 PM
Princess Magogo Stadium