Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Absa Premiership

Clifford Mulenga (R) and Patrick Phungwayo © Backpagepix

Wits, Celtic in top eight spot fight



Top eight spot chasers Bidvest Wits and Bloemfontein Celtic will clash at the Bidvest Stadium on Saturday afternoon in an Absa Premiership clash, kick-off at 15h00.

With four rounds of the league schedule left, both sides are currently chasing a spot in the top half of the table.

It is more of a foreseeable task for Celtic than it is for Wits who are currently lying in 13th place with 28 points.

If the Clever Boys continue with their terrible form they could consequentially find themselves in a relegation scrap. At this point they are only five points above the relegation/play-off zone. A fight to

The Clever Boys have not won a match in the league in 2012. They have suffered six defeats and five draws in their 11 second round league matches so far.

In their last two matches’s the Clever Boys have managed to draw against credible opposition like Ajax Cape Town and Orlando Pirates.

Now Wits’ influential midfielder Sibusiso Vilakazi, who has netted six goals from midfield to be his side’s joint top leading scorer, has tipped his team to be in the top half of the table by the conclusion of the season.

“We are not thinking about relegation at this point, we will not get relegated, our main focus is the getting ourselves into the top eight,” Vilakazi said.

Injuries to key players might be the reason for Wits’ poor second round form.

Leading striker Ryan Champan has not kicked a ball since the turn of the year whilst striker Bradley Ritson has just returned from injury.

Sifiso Myeni has since departed to sign with league leaders Pirates in mid-season transfer window.

“The absence of those guys has really cost us a lot. They are quality players and brought brilliance to the team. We are definitely missing, them but I do not want to make them an excuse about why we are firing blanks,” cited the 22-year-old Wits player.

About his team’s chances on Saturday, Vilakazi was hopeful of a rare league result in 2012 for the Clever Boys.

“Celtic is in the same boat as us, but we have to win this match and end our drought. We are due a win at some time and this is the time,” The Soweto-born player said.

However, Celtic skipper Thabo Nthethe was adamant that victory in Johannesburg will be a major boost to their hopes of finishing inside the top eight bracket.

Punya Sele Sele has gathered some impressive results in their last few games to mount a serious challenge for a top half table finish.

“Our supporters will be disappointed if we do not finish in the top eight, so these remaining matches are very much important and will define our season.

“The boys have done well in recent matches and they are up for this challenge in the remaining games and the important thing for us now is we go into the final matches in a positive mindset.

“Wits are also in with a chance to make the top eight so if we beat them it will be like eliminating one of our challengers out of the race,” the Bafana Bafana defender concluded.

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R161.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
Mitre Monde Soccer Ball - White
Voted as one of the UK's favourite match balls
R219.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Carol Radull
How do you pay tribute to Thierry Henry?
If you’re a fan of the classic musical “The Sound of Music” then you will be familiar with the...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Some refs invite criticism
Why is it that some referees appear to invite criticism? Why is it that some referees put a...

Neil Tovey
Backing Tinkler for the big time
With Vladimir Vermezovic having jumped ship, Orlando Pirates find themselves in a state of flux.

Chima Emmanuel Aguma
Wenger in or out? I say out!
After Arsenal’s loss to Stoke City this past weekend, the call for Arsene Wenger to step down as...

Sunday Oliseh
Football's new undisputed best club?
When Barcelona appointed Pep Guardiola as head coach in 2008, their primary objective was to stop...

Arjun Vidyarthi
Make or break time
Ten years ago today, I remember Andy Gray's iconic commentary at Anfield, when Steven Gerrard...