Cape Town - Head coach Gavin Hunt feels that the return of several first-choice defenders should see Bidvest Wits improve their form.
The Students have made a terrible start to their league title
defence, and currently lie bottom of the table with only two wins from
11 games. During this time, they have leaked 15 goals and scored just
six. Only Maritzburg United, with five goals, have scored fewer.
The likes of Buhle Mkhwanazi and Nazeer Allie have been side-lined
with injury this season, as has Thulani Hlatshwayo (for a couple of
games) and goalkeeper Darren Keet.
But in the Clever Boys' last game - a 0-0 draw away to Maritzburg -
Mkhwanazi and Allie lined up alongside Sifiso Hlanti and Hlatshwayo in
what was Hunt's first-choice rear-guard for most of last-season's title
Despite the lack of goals up front, Hunt believes a fully-fit defence will make all the difference.
"This is the first time, this season, that I had my defence back.
Nobody else in this whole league has gone through what I have gone
through," he was quoted saying by KickOff with regard to the Maritzburg match.
"Nazeer Allie played his first game [since November 4]. 'Tyson'
Hlatshwayo played his first game [since November 4]. Buhle has been out
for six months. So we had our defence back that won us the league last
"What happens? Clean sheet, hallelujah, simple. So I've been
hammered, I have taken an absolute hammering and rightly so but the guys
who came in have been good."
Hunt concedes though it's going to be very tough for his side to
defend their title and feels the league trophy may end up in Pretoria.
"Generally you can't lose more than five games, generally and we've lost six," he said.
"We can't be concerned about that now. We are only concerned about getting ourselves in a better position.
"I think teams like SuperSport United who have played five games, 10
points, they're going to be big favourites to win the league and
Mamelodi Sundowns, who have got the best squad of players in the
country. They are going to be looking at winning the league, those two