Absa Premiership

Will The Students break their dry spell?

2017-10-22 06:08
NO LUCK: Gavin Hunt’s team is struggling. (Themba Makofane)

Johannesburg - Five months after winning their maiden Absa Premiership championship, Bidvest Wits are in trouble, having clinched just one victory in seven matches. In addition, there are rumours of divisions between the players and coach Gavin Hunt.

Currently second from the bottom of the log, Hunt’s men are going through a rough patch since winning the title in May.

It seems The Students have found the transition from underdogs to champions difficult as they struggle to maintain form and build on their success.

Sunday afternoon’s match against Baroka FC at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, Limpopo, affords them the chance to get their campaign back on track.

Unfortunately, they are up against an unbeaten side, perched at the top of the log.

Front of goal

After a near-relegation experience, Bakgaga have bounced back in style, winning four games and drawing as many.

The Limpopo team will carry their momentum into this game following their 1-1 draw against Golden Arrows on Wednesday.

On the other hand, Wits have been idle for three weeks as they were not involved in midweek matches.

Their last game was at the beginning of October, when they went down 1-0 to Bloemfontein Celtic.

Perhaps the break is what they needed to recharge their batteries following their poor start to the season.

It has also given Hunt a chance to work on his men’s shortcomings, particularly in front of goal and at the back, where they have been found wanting. They have conceded 11 goals, scored only five times and fired blanks in three games.

A fortnight ago, The Clever Boys were crowned winners of the Gauteng Champion of Champions tournament, and this must have been a confidence booster for them.

Elsewhere, Cape Town City visit Chippa United at Sisa Dukashe Stadium in the Eastern Cape on Sunday. Both sides are on the back foot, having failed to gain maximum points in their midweek games.

After losing the MTN8 final to SuperSport United last weekend, The Citizens went on to suffer yet another loss to Bloemfontein Celtic in front of their home supporters in Cape Town on Tuesday. The sooner they forget about last weekend’s loss, the better, as they need to move on.

Coach Benni McCarthy will be hoping for a better outing this time around against a struggling Chippa.

The Chilli Boys have played their last five matches without a victory.

After drawing yet another game on Wednesday, against Maritzburg United – marking his fifth successive stalemate – caretaker coach Teboho Moloi is still searching for his first win since joining the club last month.

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