Lopez Habas happy with TKO win


Bidvest Wits coach Antonio Lopez Habas declared himself happy with the Clever Boys’ performance after the 3-2 victory over Kaizer Chiefs on Friday night.

Bidvest Wits entered the Telkom Knockout last 16 match against table-topping Chiefs as the underdogs to progress to the quarterfinals, especially as their previous outright home win against the Soweto giants had been more than nine years ago.

However, the Clever Boys raced into a two-goal lead thanks to early strikes from Matthew Pattison and Papy Faty.

Chiefs’ in-form strikers Bernard Parker and Lehlohonolo Majoro got their names on the score sheet in the second half, but Wits substitute Letsie Koapeng also found the back of the net to ensure a memorable 3-2 win for the home side at Bidvest Stadium.

“It was a very intense game, I am very happy with the performance and I must congratulate my players,”

said Lopez Habas in his post-match comments.

Man of the Match Pattison agreed with Amakhosi coach Stuart Baxter that fatigue from travelling for the international window which preceded the cup match was no excuse for losing.

“At the end of the day we’re all professionals, and I’m sure they’re fit enough to play this game,”

the former Mamelodi Sundowns and Santos player said.

“Even with a lot of players away with internationals, they’re professionals, and I’m sure they can cope with two games in a week.”

Bidvest Wits will find out who they play in the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout tomorrow night when the draw is made at Loftus Stadium following the final first round match between Mamelodi Sundowns and University of Pretoria.

Along with Wits, Orlando Pirates, SuperSport United, Free State Stars, Maritzburg United, AmaZulu and Bloemfontein Celtic progressed into the quarterfinals this past weekend.

Telkom Knock Out 2012-2013 Bidvest Wits(3)Vs(2)Kaizer Chiefs
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