Absa Premiership

Faty: We want 3rd place

2015-05-08 15:03
Papy Faty (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Bidvest Wits will look to end the Absa Premiership season on a high when they host Platinum Stars at Bidvest Stadium on Saturday.

Wits midfielder Papy Faty has made it clear that their mandate is to finish in the third spot on Saturday.

“We are taking this game very seriously because we want to get the third position.

"We know that the first and second places are all taken, so our chance is with the third spot now,” said Faty.

Wits became the first team to beat Kaizer Chiefs in an home match this season for the Amakhosi, defeating the Soweto club 2-1 in midweek.

Faty said they went into that match with belief in themselves that they can achieve anything they want.

“Chiefs came to the match knowing that they are already the champions, yet on the other side we were hungry for the points as our season is not yet over," added Faty.

"We are hoping to use the same momentum and spirit when we play against Platinum Stars.”

The Clever Boys have claimed 27 points from 14 home matches this season and is placed fourth on the Absa Premiership log with 49 points from 29 matches.

On the other hand Stars ended a five-game winless streak with a 3-1 home victory against Polokwane City in midweek.

The Dikwena has claimed 13 points from 14 away matches this season and is placed 10th on the Absa Premiership log with 34 points from 29 matches.

Stars coach Cavin Johnson said he looks forward to a positive and strong finish which will enable him a strong start next season.

“Remember, it is not how you start, but how you finish that will have an impact on your start and we will have a very good finish in this league," he said.

"Supporters must follow us to Bidvest Wits as we play our last game, where we will look back and cherish good and bad memories of this particular season."

In head-to-head stats, Wits and Stars have met in 21 league matches since 2003/04.

Speaking about the impact that he has brought into the team, he said he is not a magician but if players work hard they can still achieve great things.

“I did say, I am not a magician but if the players work well with me then we will achieve a common goal,” added the coach.

The record between the teams is dead even, with seven wins apiece, seven draws and 20 goals scored by each.

Wits have won five of their 10 home matches against Stars, suffering two defeats in the process.

When the teams met earlier this season, they played to a goalless stalemate in Rustenburg.

Kick-off is at 15:00.

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