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Bhongolwethu Jayiya © Backpagepix

Wits targeting top four spot

Bidvest Wits will look to maintain their place in the top four of the Absa Premiership table when they take on AmaZulu at Bidvest Stadium on Saturday, kick-off at 3pm.

The Clever Boys go into this game on the back of a 2-1 win over the University of Pretoria, their second win in the last three matches.

Forward Bhongolwethu Jayiya says his side have to maintain the same fighting spirit in order to achieve their best finish since the 2003/04 season.

“The result against Tuks was important for us coming from that tough loss against Pirates,” said Jayiya.

“Our opponents made it very difficult but we pushed on till the end and that is the attitude we have to maintain until the end of the season.”

Wits are placed fourth on the Absa Premiership log with 40 points from 28 matches and for their fifth home win in what will be their last match in their backyard.

“It’s our last home game so it’s important for us to give the fans a performance that they will remember until next season,” added Jayiya.

“It’s not going to be easy because AmaZulu have been one of the teams that have proven to be tough to beat this year; they look organised and their confidence is high.

“However, we’re not going to focus on the opponents but instead we should concentrate on ourselves and what we’ve been working on at training.

“Judging from the type of football that both teams have been playing, it’s bound to be an entertaining match but the most important thing is for us to walk away with maximum points.”

AmaZulu have no shortage of confidence following their 4-0 home win over Black Leopards in their last league outing.

Striker Bongani Ndulula scored a brace during that match but he says the hunger to find the back of the net is still there.

“I was happy to score those important goals for the team but that’s all in the past now,” said Ndulula.

“It was a big win in terms of our safety but this whole week we’ve been talking about the upcoming match, not the one we’ve already won.”

Usuthu are currently in 12th place on the table with 32 points and will be in search of just their third win on the road this season.

“We haven’t been doing as well as we’d like away from home but this is another chance for us to show that we can win anywhere,” said Ndulula.

“The coach has been speaking about consistency so we have to try and play even better than we did in our last game.

“Wits are a strong team and they are sitting in a much better position but if we play to our potential we can beat any team.”

Marc Van Heerden, Carlington Nyadombo and Khulegani Madondo have all resumed training for AmaZulu, but no decision has been made on their availability for Saturday’s clash.

Meanwhile, midfielder Rhamson Zhuwawo sustained a fracture on his hand and will not take part in this encounter.


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