Wits shift focus to title defence

HAVING done the business by winning the Telkom Knockout at the weekend, Bidvest Wits now shift their,Picture: Gallo Images

HAVING done the business by winning the Telkom Knockout at the weekend, Bidvest Wits now shift their focus on moving away from the bottom of the PSL log standings.

The Clever Boys are bottom of the table with only nine points from 11 matches and will host struggling Ajax Cape Town at Milpark Stadium tonight searching for their third victory.

Wits midfielder Ben Motshwari said they need to win their remaining three fixtures of the year to put themselves in a good position come 2018. “The league and cup are not the same. We can perform differently in the league and the cup, but now the Telkom Knockout is behind us. Our focus is on the league to move up the table,” Motshwari said.

With most of the players who helped the club win the league and the MTN8 last season returning to the side, Motshwari feels they can only get stronger. “For Buhle Mkhwanazi and Thulani Hlatswayo to be back at the same time it’s a huge bonus for us, it will help us gain stability.

“We used to play with Phumlani Ntshangase, Nazeer Alie or Bongani Khumalo at the back. “The top centre-back pairing is back and I think there will be a huge difference because of that.”

The 26 year old said they don’t deserve to be in the position they find themselves in on the log and that they need to start fighting to move closer to the top. “Having won the league and now sitting last in the league is not right. We need to start fighting and move from where we are by taking it one game at a time. “For us, the plan is to win the last three games before the Christmas break.

“We will be happy if we can get maximum points so that we can have some breathing space before January.” Motshwari also feels they can still defend the league title despite having lost six matches. “It is still too early to look at the log leaders, four games can change everything. “For us there are still enough games to head up the log but it’s true our current position isn’t good enough.

“I believe that we can turn things around, we have the capability of going back to number one again because we still have the same players that we can depend on.”

 -NEVILLE KHOZA|nevillek@thenewage.co.za