Steve wary of wounded Stu­dents

Win­less Wits look for a clean­sheet

Sowetan - - Sport - By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

Kaizer Chiefs will be fac­ing Bid­vest Wits at the wrong time when the two sides clash at FNB Sta­dium to­mor­row (6pm), so says Chiefs head coach Steve Kom­phela.

You would ex­pect Amakhosi to be buoyed by their 2-0 win against Cape Town City on Wed­nes­day – cour­tesy of goals from Siphiwe Tsha­bal­ala and new sen­sa­tion Wise­man Meyiwa – which was their first win in three league games this sea­son, but Kom­phela is treading care­fully against a “wounded” Wits.

The Clever Boys are win­less in their six matches in all com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son and, speak­ing to the me­dia at the Chiefs Vil­lage yes­ter­day, Kom­phela ar­gued that it’s a tricky en­counter.

“I think we are play­ing Bid­vest Wits at the wrong time just when they are ex­tremely wounded. It’s not go­ing to be an easy one. It will de­pend on how we ex­e­cute the plan and how we feel on the day.

“We know how dif­fi­cult it is to play a team that is not per­form­ing well,” said Kom­phela.

Know­ing the qual­ity they have, I’m sure Gavin Hunt [Wits coach] is not the hap­pi­est of any­body at Wits, which makes the job very dif­fi­cult for us at the week­end.

“It [the bad run] doesn’t change who they are. They are still a lion, limp­ing as they are. Now we have to con­cen­trate and this is the time, men­tally, we have to be at our best.

“It’s an op­por­tu­nity for us to go again and get three points,” com­mented the 50-year-old.

Hunt, mean­while, is wor­ried about his team’s poor gen­eral play.

They lost 3-1 at home against Golden Ar­rows in mid­week. Wits were ex­posed in de­fence and failed to take many of their “500 chances” as Hunt put it.

“You got to keep clean sheets, that’s the bot­tom line. We win and we lose to­gether, so we have to stick to­gether, but you can’t be con­ced­ing goals out of noth­ing,” he said.

When the two teams met in May, Chiefs won 1-0. Wits, how­ever, had noth­ing to play for on the day as they had al­ready won the ti­tle.


Chiefs’ sen­sa­tion Wise­man Meyiwa will seek to pun­ish Clever Boys when the teams meet to­mor­row.

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