It was a blast from the past game between two giants of the old Professional game who between them had won 6 top level titles or trophies.
Vaal Professionals came into the game in 7th position and a victory would of kept them in touch with the leaders, but came up against an Aces team that found their old fluidity. For Alex Aces it was all about pride and their win shoots them up the log to 11th.
Theo Mbiyozo scored his 5th of the season shortly before halftime to give Aces a deserved 1-0 lead.
Coach Jacob Sakala was forced to make his 1st substitution in the 60' when Jeremia Tefo came on for the hard working Ermano Barends, who seemed to have pulled a hamstring.
In the 75' he brought on Devon Peters on for Milano Sampson in a clear tactical move to try close out the game.
Aces comfortably defended and absorbed pressure very well as the Vereeniging boys tried to push men forward in the closing ten minutes.
Alex Black Aces Team Sheet
C Davids, S Hlungwani, B Cross, K Hlatshwayo, T Mahoa, M Sampson (75’ D Peters), E Barends (60’ J Tefo), P Khwela, K Pienaar, C Zimba, T Mbiyozo
A Appolonatos, O Plukato, , B Morojele, T Mathopa,
FRIDAY 17 November ‘17
JDR Stars FC 1 – 0 M. Tigers
African All Stars 1 – 0 Tembisa Sport Centre
SATURDAY 18 November ‘17
Alexandra United 3 – 0 Pretoria Callies
Alexandra Black Aces 1 - 0 Vaal Professionals
Leruma United 1 - 2 Valencia
Dondol Stars 2 - 0 Garankuwa United
SUNDAY 19 November ‘17
Dube Continental 2 - 0 Baberwa