Steve wary of wounded Students
Winless Wits look for a cleansheet
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.