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Ben Motshwari: Whatever it takes for Wits

Bidvest Wits' Ben Motshwari says the Telkom Knockout champions must get maximum points by "hook or crook" from their final three games of the year as they seek to flee the drop zone.

Wits claimed TKO honours on Saturday with a 1-0 win over Bloemfontein Celtic courtesy of Vincent Pule’s last-gasp winner at Princess Magogo Stadium.

However, the Premiership champions find themselves at the foot of the table and will be desperate to ease their relegation concerns before the festive break by getting results against Ajax Cape Town, Polokwane City and Free State Stars.

“It’s football and things just happened. It’s not like we like what is happening at our club and we now have to get out of it as soon as possible,” said Motshwari, who replaced fellow midfielder Xola Mlambo in the 62nd minute of the clash against Celtic in KwaMashu.

“This shows the league is not easy… it’s a tough league and for us being there at the foot of the log table it’s an eye opener. We have to work hard and double our effort. It doesn’t mean you were champions last season that you have to slack now. We have to work hard.

“But obviously in these upcoming games we have to get maximum points. There’s not time for us to throw away points. By hook or crook we have to get maximum points.”

Meanwhile, Motshwari admits it was tough to watch the team struggle from the sidelines after sustaining a knee injury in late October.

“It was bit tough for me to watch on the sidelines because the club was not doing well and me coming back, adding value into our team, is good,” said Motshwari, who faces stern competition for game-time at Milpark from the likes of Mlambo, Thabang Monare, Daylon Claasen, Phumlani Ntshangase, Steven Pienaar and Granwald Scott.

“Where I’m playing there’s a lot of players and like today [Saturday] Steven was in the stands and you talk of quality players. We still have me, Thabang, Xola, so it’s good competition for us and we have the quality of players.”

Gavin Hunt’s men will next host Ajax at Bidvest Stadium on Wednesday (19h30).

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala