Wits’ mood now at its low­est

Coach dis­ap­pointed with cur­rent form

African Times - - Front Page - MOYAHABO MABEBA

UN­DER-PER­FORM­ING Bid­vest Wits de­scends to Dur­ban’s Princess Ma­gogo Sta­dium to meet the un­pre­dictable Bloem­fontein Celtic in the Telkom KO Cup fi­nal on Satur­day.

Kick-off is at 18:00.

Wits do so with the mood in the camp at its all-time nadir. On the other hand, Celtic – with their vi­brant sup­port base – can bring the sta­dium alive. On pa­per, the en­counter prom­ises to be a humdinger, but Wits are hav­ing the worst sea­son.

Should this game end in a dead­lock, Phunya Sele Sele might re­peat their heroic ex­ploits by scor­ing all their spot kicks like they did against Polok­wane City in their semi-fi­nal en­counter.

Judg­ing from their Premier­ship en­coun­ters, Hunt him­self has branded his team’s per­for­mance as dis­ap­point­ing when he re­cently re­flected on the jour­ney The Stu­dents have trav­elled thus far.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed with the cur­rent form”, Hunt fumed af­ter his men went 2-0 to Sun­downs. We are strug­gling to get goals. It’s like we don’t have legs. The first goal goes in and you try and chase the game and cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties again, but you leave your­self ex­posed at the back,” said a de­jected Hunt.

For The Stu­dents, the en­deav­our to lay hands on the Telkom tro­phy on Satur­day seems will be like search­ing for a nee­dle in a haystack. Against Celtic, they face a team that won this Cup in 2012. Wits have never laid hands on the Telkom tro­phy.

Celtic is re­laxed on the eighth spot on the Absa Premier­ship log stand­ings while Wits – the team that is sup­posed to be com­fort­ably perched amongst the top-four – is tee­ter­ing at the base of the ta­ble. In fact, the Stu­dents are flirt­ing with the dreaded rel­e­ga­tion axe and go­ing into this week­end’s cup as­sign­ment does not au­gur well for them.

Wits se­cured their place in the fi­nal with a hard-fought 1-0 win over a 10-man Kaizer Chiefs while Celtic pro­gressed af­ter beat­ing Polok­wane City 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out.

The last time Wits and Celtic crossed path was dur­ing the Oc­to­ber 1 Absa Premier­ship league fix­ture in which Celtic emerged 1-0 vic­to­ri­ous.

Af­ter that loss, Wits con­tin­ued to suf­fer yet more de­feats in the hands of cur­rent log lead­ers Baroka FC, Chippa United and African cham­pi­ons Mamelodi Sun­downs.

Wits have never claimed the Telkom tro­phy while Celtic won it in 2012 when they beat Sun­downs at the Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium.

FURIOUS: Bid­vest Wits coach Gavin Hunt.

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