Gavin Hunt’s men were looking to halt a three-match winless run, and their strong performance in Johannesburg secured the three points against a determined Ea Lla Koto, who are under the stewardship of a familiar face in Kinnah Phiri.
The hosts came flying out of the traps and claimed the lead virtually from the kick-off as Katongo latched on to a neat pass from Sameehg Doutie before firing into the back of the net.
It was strong start from the Clever Boys and having fallen behind so early, we were facing an uphill battle from that point onward.
We produced a spirited performance, nonetheless, and were unlucky not draw level in the first half, with Daniel Cardoso almost beating Moeneeb Josephs with a header in the 13th minute.
Tumelo Letuka also had a chance to level the scores just two minutes later, but he couldn’t quite get the right touch on his shot and Josephs breathed a sigh of relief.
The best chance of the half fell to Richard Henyekane, who looked nailed on to score only to be denied by Buhle Mkhwanazi’s last-ditch block.
The boys came out for the second half knowing that a goal would put them back on track, but Wits somehow managed to keep a clean sheet thanks to some heroic defending.
Moeketsi Sekola fired wide of the target in the 50th minute, before Wits doubled their advantage through Doutie’s close-range finish.
Ea Lla Koto kept on battling for a way back into the contest and went agonisingly close to pulling one back when Buhle Mkhwanazi cleared Henyekane’s goal-bound shot off the line.
Later efforts from Tiyani Mabunda and substitute Moffat Mdluli almost gave coach Phiri reason for cheer, but it was not to be as Josephs made sure of the clean sheet.