De Sa: We're scared to lose
Johannesburg - Bidvest Wits coach Roger de Sa hopes his side can overcome their
fear of losing and avoid being dragged into the relegation scrap this
The Students have suffered a debilitating run of results over the
last 11 games, winning just one of those and losing six, including a
run of five defeats in a row, leaving the club 13th in the standings.
However, the Clever Boys did manage to come back from a goal down
to earn a 1-1 draw against Ajax Cape Town on Wednesday, lifting Wits
seven points clear of the drop zone with five matches remaining in the
De Sa, though, hopes his side can build on that result and shake
off any lingering doubts as they go in search of a loftier league
"I think the team is a bit scared to lose," the Dutchman said.
"We certainly felt that way after losing five games in a row; it became a
question of not losing.
"After we equalised (against Ajax), I sensed a bit of fear from
the players and some for reason we became a bit more reserved and were
scared to lose the ball up front.
"We were six points above a team (Santos) that's in a relegation
battle, but we were five points behind a team (AmaZulu) in eighth
position. Five is lower than six so we would rather try catch the guys
that are five points ahead.
"That was the goal motivation. Hopefully we can get a win in our
next match, still think we should stay positive and pursue our
Wits next square up against defending champions and current PSL
leaders Orlando Pirates at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday, with
kick-off scheduled for 20:15.