Wits’ mood now at its lowest
Coach disappointed with current form
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.