Absa Premiership

Wits hope to outsmart Stars

2013-08-03 14:14
Matthew Booth (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - Wits will be hoping to cause an early upset when they resume their PSL campaign against Platinum Stars on Sunday afternoon at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, kick-off at 3pm.

The supersport.com website reports that Dikwena were undoubtedly the surprise package of the 2012/13 season, finishing in an impressive second place under coach Cavin Johnson.

Now, they will be out to mimic the success of last year’s campaign when they come up against a rejuvenated Wits side which welcomes Gavin Hunt on the bench, as well as the likes of Benjani Mwaruwari and Moeneeb Josephs.

And skipper Vuyo Mere knows it will be no easy feat, but still has the hunger to do well.

"It is very important to have a great start to the season and we are hoping to do that by beating Wits," he says.

"Last season we set ourselves a very high bar and this season we are looking to beat the standard we set last season, and that all starts with a win against Wits in the first game."

"All eyes will be on us this season because of how we played last season and how well we did in the league, and it is not going to be easy."

"So, I think it will be very important to beat Wits for our motivation this season."

Mere also made mention of the impact new Wits coach Gavin Hunt will have on the Clever Boys.

"Gavin Hunt is a great coach and his record speaks for itself, and I am sure he will do a great job at Wits.

"We respect him, but on the day we are going to go all out to win the game," added Mere.

"As Platinum Stars we are going to be planning for Wits and focusing on our own game.

"We are not looking or planning for any individuals."

Also new to the Braamfontein club is the towering figure of Matthew Booth, who is set to possibly make his debut for his new club on Sunday.

And he has urged his new teammates to make sure they approach the game with the best possible attitude, as he won’t be settling for a draw.

"I am very excited for the resumption of the league.

"We have been training and working hard for this day," says the former Ajax Cape Town man.

"Judging by what Platinum Stars did last season it won’t be easy.

"They have lost players but we can’t read too much into that.

"Platinum Stars is always dangerous and we have to be on guard.

"We will have to go into the game with the attitude that nothing has changed.

"If we don’t approach it like that then we are in trouble.

"Gavin has the right philosophy.

"At home he wants three points and away he expects at least on," he adds.

"Winning our first game in the league will be a big confidence booster.

"The players are positive and we are not going there to settle for a point."

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