Wits and Chiefs prep for cup semi battle

Wits and Chiefs prep for cup semi battle

November 17 2017 – BIDVEST Wits coach Gavin Hunt will look to Egyptian goal machine Amr Gamal to unlock the Kaizer Chiefs defence, when the sides meet in a Telkom Knockout competition semi-final match at the Bidvest Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

At 1,81 metres tall and able to shoot on target with either foot, Gamal is arguably one of the finest imports to the PSL in recent times and could play an important part in taking four-time league championship-winning coach Hunt a step closer to the one trophy that has eluded him in his 22 years as a coach.

The Clever Boys rear-guard looks more sure of themselves since the league champion’s poor start to the season, but the return of Darren Keet in goal has seemed to lift the team’s confidence. Wits remain the only team in the PSL to have pipped Absa Premiership log-leaders Baroka FC this season, with a win in the league and in the quarterfinal round of the Telkom Knockout competition

Three-time cup champions Chiefs too are not high enough on the league table as they would like, but this is cup football.

The Amakhosi’s 3-0 win over Amazulu in the previous round of the cup, may have flattered the Soweto giants slightly, although, despite early pressure on coach Steve Khompela after some lacklustre performance by the men in gold and black in the league, Chiefs have now gone five matches unbeaten.

The sides met earlier in the season in a league encounter which ended with a 1-1 scoreline with the Clever Boys ending with 10 men after defender Nazeer Allie was sent for an early shower.

Players like former Maritzburg United left-back defender Philani Zulu and Eric ‘Tower’ Mathoho plus Daniel Cardoso will have to be at their best to shut out Gamal and company.

At the other end of the park, the Amakhosi are most likely to rely on Bernard Parker and the dead-ball skills of Siphiwe Tshabalala, to ensure an afternoon to forget for Keet and his defenders. – ANA