Njabulo Ngidi
2 minute read
13 Mar 2014
7:00 am

Red-hot Wits right in the league mix

Njabulo Ngidi

Bidvest Wits captain Sibusiso Vilakazi credits positive energy in the Clever Boys' camp for the rich form that has seen the outfit's name mentioned among Absa Premiership contenders.

FILE PICTURE: Sibusiso Vilakazi of Bidvest Wits. Picture: BackpagePix

Wits have registered wins in their last three matches, scoring nine goals in the process. Mamelodi Sundowns, SuperSport United and Polokwane City have all seen the Clever Boys put three past them to take maximum points.

“The fact that we have a new coach this season, and a number of new players, yet we are among the top three sides in the league shows what a good team we are and what a bright future we have,” Vilakazi said.

“All of this is down to the attitude of the players, the technical team and management. Everyone is willing to learn from one another and we respect each other’s roles. The coach has injected more determination into the players. We believe we can win things and can go up against the best.”

Vilakazi, however, doesn’t believe they can unseat Amakhosi, who have spent more time than any other club in top spot. But Wits have a game in hand over Amakhosi and second-placed Sundowns, who they are tied with on 37 points.

“I think the gap between us and Chiefs is too much,” Vilakazi said.

“They would have to really slip up for us to catch up with them. But with that said, we haven’t given up. All we have to do is keep winning our games and put pressure on them.

“Not many people are looking at us to win the league, all the pressure is on Chiefs and Sundowns, which means we can go about our business with little attention.”

On Saturday night at Bidvest Stadium, Vilakazi and company will pay attention to a Free State Stars outfit battling to avoid relegation.

Ea Lla Koto are second from bottom and go into this match on the back of a 3-2 defeat from Maritzburg United.

“They will give us a tough challenge because no one wants to go to the first division, but we have to continue on the note we have been on,” Vilakazi said.