Neville Khoza
2 minute read
24 Aug 2013
8:00 am

Mistakes ‘will separate teams’

Neville Khoza

If ever there was something to choose between Bidvest Wits and Platinum Stars in the MTN8 semifinal, first-leg at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Phokeng tomorrow, the match will be won by whoever makes the least mistakes.

RARING TO GO: Benson Mhlongo of Platinum Stars believes any mistakes will be costly when they face Bidvest Wits in the first-leg of the MTN8 semifinals in Rustenburg tomorrow. Picture: Backpagepix

This is the view of Stars defender Benson Mhlongo, who admitted that there is little to separate between these teams.

Dikwena and the Clever Boys have a lot of things in common.

Firstly, they both have new managers, although Stars hold a slight advantage in this department as they have continuity with Allan Freese as their coach. Wits have a new coach in Gavin Hunt.

They will both have momentum after they enjoyed 3-0 wins in their quarterfinal matches by beating Free State teams. Wits defeated Bloemfontein Celtic, while Dikwena came out tops against Free State Stars.

Stars and Wits played to a goalles draw in the first round of the PSL and Mhlongo, who knows Wits inside out having played for them, expect another tough afternoon tomorrow from Hunt’s men.

“In pre-season we stayed in Johannesburg and we played Wits in a few friendlies. They know us in and out and whoever makes the least mistakes will win the game.”

Dikwena finished last season without a trophy despite having a good season and Mhlongo said this time they will have to go all out to win at least one trophy.

“That’s our mandate this season, the MTN8 is the first trophy I want and I will give 150% to win it,” Mhlongo said.

Wits forward Ryan Chapman believes they have what it takes to make it through to the final of the competition – and possibly win it.

“All of us at the club would like to win it,” Chapman said.

“As a club it will be important, it’s the first trophy of the year and it could be a great start for us,” he said.

“In the first game, we drew, but the first game is always jittery. In the second game, we won 3-0, so we’re working with the coach and we’re still getting to know him and as soon as we do get more comfortable, things will start to fall into place for us.”