Wits out to down Stars

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

With the Absa Premiership title already out of reach, BidVest Wits are now targeting a top four bracket finish.

"We still have a good chance, but it's up to the players," said Wits manager George Mogotsi ahead of their clash with Free State Stars at Milpark Stadium tomorrow.

This is the only midweek encounter scheduled to start at 7.30pm, where the Clever Boys hope to avenge the 3-1 drubbing by Ea lla koto in the first round.

"We need to get back to our winning ways, we have not really been doing well but are hoping to bounce back at the expense of Stars," said Mogotsi.

"It will be a tough game, Stars have some pretty good players such as Sthembiso Ngcobo, Thulasizwe Mbuyane and Diyo Sibisi.

"We are delighted that we have a full squad, which will give coach Roger De Sa and his technical staff more options.

"There are some youngsters that De Sa has been gradually introducing into the team as part of the preparations for next season.

"We are going all out to show them the stars," said Mogotsi. Wits are back home after playing to a 2-2 draw with Golden Arrows away two weeks ago.

The last time Wits tasted victory was when they defeated reigning champions Mamelodi Sundowns 3-2 in Pretoria on February 24.

For the Free Staters, they resume their league campaign after qualifying for the quarterfinals of the Nedbank Cup with an 8-1 win over Ikapa United two weeks ago.

Before the game against Ikapa, Stars had conceded 10 goals in the league when they were humiliated 4-1 and 6-1 by Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United.

Rantsi Mokoena, Stars' brand manager, said: "Traditionally, Wits have always been a hard nut to crack at night on home soil.

Wits will bank on the likes of David Radebe, Brian Senokoane, Clive Moyo-Modise and Wilson Shendzelani to teach Ea lla koto a football lesson.

Weekend fixtures:


Athlone: Santos v Jomo Cosmos, 8pm


King Zwelithini: Golden Arrows v Thanda Royal Zulu, 3pm

Johannesburg Stadium: Orlando Pirates v SuperSport United, 8pm


Princess Magogo: AmaZulu v Platinum Stars, 3pm

Seisa Ramabodu: Bloemfontein Celtic v Black Leopards, 3pm

Loftus: Mamelodi Sundowns v Kaizer Chiefs, 3pm

Germiston: Moroka Swallows v Ajax Cape Town, 5pm.