Editor's Blog 19.9.2017 10:01 am

Hunt’s champions still in second gear

It is hard to get a read on exactly what has gone wrong at Bidvest Wits, in a stuttering start to their Absa Premiership title defence that has seen the Clever Boys yet to register a single win in four league matches.

It all seemed to be going swimmingly ahead of the campaign, with a host of new players unveiled amid much fanfare, the squad apparently strengthened by additions like Steven Pienaar, Daylon Claasen, Slavko Damjanovic and Kobamelo Kodisang.

Hunt’s champions still in second gear
Hunt’s champions still in second gear

Hunt’s champions still in second gear

It is hard to get a read on exactly what has gone wrong at Bidvest Wits, in a stuttering start to their Absa Premiership title defence that has seen the Clever Boys yet to register a single win in four league matches.

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results

Arrows 4-1 AmaZulu
P Stars 0-0 Chippa Utd
Chiefs 1-1 Wits
Baroka 1-0 FS Stars

fixtures

P City vs FS Stars
SuperSport Utd vs Chippa Utd
Pirates vs CT City
Maritzburg Utd vs Chiefs

psl log

# Team GP Pts
1 Golden Arrows 4 8
2 Maritzburg United 4 8
3 Baroka FC 4 8
4 Orlando Pirates 4 8
5 Mamelodi Sundowns 3 6
6 Cape Town City 3 6
7 SuperSport United 3 6
8 Kaizer Chiefs 4 5
9 Bloem Celtic 3 5
10 Ajax Cape Town 4 4
11 Chippa United 4 4
12 Polokwane City 4 4
13 AmaZulu 4 4
14 Bidvest Wits 4 2
15 Free State Stars 4 1
16 Platinum Stars 4 1

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