Big names for a big club
Bidvest Wits have clearly demonstrated during the transfer window that they mean business in the 2012/13 season after signing a number of key players.
After a disappointing 2011/12 season, which saw the Students finish in 12th place on the Absa Premiership log, wholesale changes have been made with a number of players released as well as long-time coach Roger de Sa.
The 2012/13 season, however, presents the club with a chance to re-establish itself as one of the PSL’s elite teams, and looking at the signings the Students have made, they are not one to be messed with.
In this feature we take a look at the key acquisitions in defence, midfield and attack.
After conceding 38 goals in the league last season it seemed only inevitable that Bidvest Wits would bolster their defence, but not many expected the big name signings of Aaron Mokoena, Thomas Sweswe and Tlou Molekwane.
In the purchasing of these three players the ‘Clever Boys’ have certainly lived-up to their names as they represent some of the smartest buys in the transfer period.
Mokoena (a former Bafana Bafana captain) and Sweswe (a Zimbabwean international) are likely to play alongside each other in the heart of defence, and in these two you have two vastly experienced players who have plied their trades for their respective countries.
Molekwane is an extremely enterprising right-back who showed during his time with Kaizer Chiefs that he has the ability to compete with the best.
His attacking ability down the right flank will also provide that extra emphasis in attack which makes him even more valuable.
The midfield is probably where Wits have possessed the most talent over the years, but it is also in this position where they have lacked experience and the dogged determination you often need to pull you through tough games.
For the upcoming 2012/13 season, they have certainly rectified this with the signings of Matthew Pattison and Tinashe Nengomasha.
You couldn’t have asked for two harder working and determined individuals who will undoubtedly provide that steel in midfield.
And both bring with them loads of experience as Pattison has enjoyed time playing overseas in England for clubs like Newcastle United and Norwich City. He also showed himself to be one of the best players in the PSL during his time with Mamelodi Sundowns and Santos.
In Nengomasha, Wits have acquired probably one of the best players in the PSL over the last ten seasons.
The Zimbabwean international was left out in the cold by his former club, Kaizer Chiefs, and Wits did not hesitate.
Last season Bidvest Wits were hampered by a number of injuries in their strike department, but at the start of the 2012/13 season they have taken no chances and reinforced their attack with Calvin Kadi.
The 24-year-old striker returns to the club after spending last season in Greece with Veria FC where he finished as the league’s second top goal scorer.
He showed in his time previously with Wits that he is extremely dangerous in front of goal, and with the support he will be receiving from a rejuvenated midfield he is likely to be one of the PSL’s top goal scorers in the upcoming campaign.
*This article has been extracted from Backpage Txt and may not necessarily reflect the views of Bidvest Wits F.C.