Absa Premiership

Wits to challenge for PSL honours?

2015-07-29 07:45
Gavin Hunt (Supplied)
Gavin Hunt (Supplied)

Cape Town - There were a number of critics who, before the start of the 2014/15 PSL season, thought that Gavin Hunt and Bidvest Wits would challenge for league honours.

It was not to be in the end, though Wits still managed a third place finish, two points ahead of Soweto giants Orlando Pirates in fourth. 

Wits also finished third in 2013/14 in Hunt's first season in charge of the club, and under the former SuperSport United mentor they have become one of the most respected clubs in the country.

Can they go a step further and win a maiden PSL title in 2015/16? Former Bafana Bafana striker Shaun Bartlett thinks so.

"This might be the season where Gavin Hunt pushes hard and we'll see if he can get closer to winning that title again with his Wits team," said Bartlett. 

"The usual three - Sundowns, Pirates and Chiefs - will be up there again competing but I think Wits will really push. I think they can actually win it this year." 

Bartlett added that Wits's chances were boosted by the fact that defending champions Kaizer Chiefs have been disrupted since the end of last season with Steve Komphela replacing Stuart Baxter as head coach.

"It always takes a bit of time when you lose players and you lose a coach to make the transition and get the new coach's methods and philosophies,"  said Bartlett.

"It's not going to be that easy for Steve. He needs to build a new team now and getting results is obviously very important for a team like Chiefs; it's going to be a challenging season for Chiefs, I would say."

The new season kicks off on August 8.

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