Pretoria – Ugandan international Geofrey Massa scored on debut for the University of Pretoria, helping the Pretoria side to a 2-0 win over Bloemfontein Celtic in a Premiership clash at the Tuks Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Massa took just 18 minutes to open his account for Tuks, after Atusaye Nyondo had given the home side the lead two minutes earlier.
Nyondo's opener caught Celtic off guard, breaking the deadlock against the run of play.
But Massa's goal was the highlight of the encounter, as he thundered home from a free-kick that left the Celtic outfit rocked by a contender for goal-of-the-season.
The visitors looked threatening in the early stages, as Ruzaigh Gamildien's low free-kick forced a good stop from Tuks goalkeeper Washington Arubi as early as the second minute.
Tuks settled themselves into the game and held on to possession, which paid off in the 16th minute, as Nyondo slotted home into an empty net, after Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb misjudged the delivery into the area.
Less than a minute later, Tuks doubled their advantage in emphatic style as Massa unleashed what can only be described as a world class free-kick effort from well outside the area, beating Tignyemb for pace and power.
Celtic found the going tough in front of goal as they struggled to create many chances, Joel Mogorosi with the best of the half's opportunities drove his effort straight at Arubi, who made a comfortable stop shortly before the break.
Celtic dominated early in the second period, but Arubi proved to be the thorn in the Bloemfontein outfit's side, as the Zimbabwean international pulled off a superb save to deny Musa Nyatama what looked a certain goal.
Chances fell for Joel Mogorosi and Gamildien, but a resilient defensive effort from the Tuks back four allowed the hosts to build from the back and kept the pressure firmly on Phunya Sele Sele.
Second half replacement Rodreck Mutuma had a golden opportunity to pull one back for Celtic, but the lanky attacker blazed his header high and wide of the mark two minutes from time.
In the end, Tuks held on for a deserved first victory of the season, adding three points to the goalless draw they recorded against Maritzburg United a fortnight ago. – Sapa