Wits true to form on last day of the season
WHETHER it was a case of Bidvest Wits saving the best for last is unclear, but they finally registered their first win of the year against Platinum Stars at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Saturday.
Stars know very well that they shouldn't have lost the match as they had the visitors on the back foot for long periods.
Football matches, though, are won by goals and the Students scored in quick succession through Katlego Pule and Bongolwethu Jayiya in the first half to collect the three points.
Wits coach Roger de Sa, while clearly happy with the win, acknowledged that they were lucky to triumph. "I thought we were a bit lucky in the first half and rode our luck a bit but we took our chances and I'm happy that we got a win," De Sa said. Wits finished the season in 12th position, two places below Stars.
Wits, in typical form, finished the season the same way they have been doing for the past few years. Having started well, they faded in the second half of the season. That it took them the very last match of the season to get their first win of the year, one by their own admission they were lucky to get, is testament to how poor they fared in this campaign.
"We had some good chances but didn't put them away and I'm happy with our performance today. It's been like that all season where we'd play well but didn't take our chances," added De Sa.
Stars' stand-in trainer Cavin Johnson said they will go into the transfer market to reinforce the team.
"We need a good striker, defender and winger for us to be competitive next season. If you look at our last eight matches we did well so I think next season we'll do much better than we did this season," Johnson said.
Stars supporters' manager Aubrey "Brio" Molobi thanked their loyalists for rallying behind the team in the 2011-12 season.
"I urge them to continue to root for this team in the future. Stars are what they are today because of their support," Molobi said.