Clever Boys out to torment former club
When Bidvest Wits clash with Kaizer Chiefs on Monday night, there will be plenty of old rivalry on show with no less than five ex-Chiefs players now starring for the Clever Boys.
The Absa Premiership match is set for Monday, 24 September at 6pm and will be played at the Mbombela Stadium.
First up on the menu is Tinashe Nengomasha, a former Amakhosi skipper, who now marshals Wits’ midfield.
The Zimbabwean international made over 300 League appearances for Chiefs beforesigning for Antonio Lopez Habas’ team during the off season.
So the central midfield battle between Nengomasha and his former teammate Reneilwe Letsholonyane promises to be an intriguing test.
“I think the best thing about Yeye is his engine. He has the ability to go up and down the field all day and not tire. He also has sublime skill and a good passing range,” Nengomasha says of his old companion.
“It will be really good to go up against Yeye and it will be a tough challenge. We know how each other play and we will have to use our brains more to out manoeuvre the other. It will be a challenge I enjoy.”
In the heart of Wits’ defence is another ex-Zimbabwe international in Thomas Sweswe. The tough as nails 31-year-old will be relishing the opportunity todefend against what has been a free scoring group of forwards.
Sweswe, along with central defensive partners Aaron Mokoena and Mbulelo Mabizela, will clash with Bernard Parker and Kingston Nkhatha in what promises to be a crucial element to this match.
Then there is midfielder Stanton Fredericks who made his professional debut withWits back in 1996/97 and went on to star in over 100 games before a stint overseas.
He returned and signed for Chiefs, who he helped to some domestic silverware before another stint overseas, and today ‘Stiga’ is back at Wits, passing on his experience to the younger players.
Tlou Molekwane, Wits’ right back, was brought to the club along with Nengomasha and Sweswe before the start of this campaign.
At 23 years of age, the man from Seshego still has some of his best years ahead of him and this match, in particular, will be a highlight for him this season.
Despite his enormous potential, he had to play second fiddle to captain Jimmy Tau during his time at Chiefs, and being at Bidvest Wits presents him with an opportunity to take his game to the next level.
Goalkeeper Emille Baron, still struggling with injury, is also an ex-Chiefs player, which brings the total to five ex-Chiefs players at Wits.
The stage is set, therefore, for a thrilling Premiership encounter on Monday night.