Absa Premiership

Klate and Pule keen to end Wits league slump

2017-11-30 17:11
Daine Klate (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Bidvest Wits' attacking duo of Vincent Pule and Daine Klate both believe the club will soon turn the corner and compete to defend their Absa Premiership title this season.

After winning their maiden league crown last term, the Students have endured a torrid start to the new campaign, with only two wins in 11 games - which leaves them in last place.

However, the star-studded squad have booked their place in the final of the Telkom Knockout where they will face Bloemfontein Celtic on Sunday.

Klate, a six-time league winner will be featuring in his 15th domestic cup final in his decorated career, and feels the cup success can spearhead the Clever Boys back into the reckoning for the title. 

Ten points separate last place and first place this season - as a flurry of draws over the past two months have kept every single team in the division within a shout of league honours.

"It's contrasting," he told IOL website in reference to the League and Cup form.

"And concerning. We need to focus on the league at some point because it is our bread and butter. "But maybe doing well in the cup is a good way for us to recover and do well going forward.

"If you look at the points difference (between Wits and log leaders Baroka FC), I think it's nothing. An unbeaten run means we can do well in the league this season. And I think it's going to take fewer points to win the league this season.

"But we need to get out of the hole we put ourselves in first. There's a lot of belief in this team."

Pule, who has been the surprise performer under manager Gavin Hunt this season, and cemented his place in the starting XI, spoke of his new found confidence and claims the squad will fight to find the consistency that made them Champions.

"The coach believes in me and I am starting to believe in myself," the 25-year-old said.

"My confidence is high up and I am finally contributing something. As a player, you want to do well in every game regardless of how the team is doing.

"When you've won the league, every team that comes up against you wants to fight you, but we owe it to ourselves to put in more of an effort.

"I think we can try harder so that we can come out of it. I can't really tell you what is wrong, but I believe we will fight until we get out of that situation."

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Friday, 21 September 2018
Wits v Polokwane City, Bidvest Stadium 20:00
Saturday, 22 September 2018
Baroka FC v Orlando Pirates, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:00
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Kaizer Chiefs v AmaZulu, FNB Stadium 18:00
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