Promising start from the Clever Boys
With a FIFA international break bringing a halt to first team proceedings at Bidvest Wits for the next fortnight or so, it provides a natural break to reflect on what has been a promising start to the season for the Clever Boys.
Antonio Lopez Habas’ side racked up back-to-back wins for the first time this season on Saturday when they defeated Golden Arrows 1-0 at home courtesy of a first half goal from midfielder Matthew Pattison.
The result sees the Johannesburg side placed a healthy sixth on the league standings after the first seven rounds of matches, with 11 points to their name. Kaizer Chiefs top the log with 17 points and have already secured the first R1.5-miilion cheque on offer in the Absa Premiership’s Q-Innovation, which puts up prizes for the four ‘quarters’ of the season.
Seven of Wits’ 11 points have come at the Bidvest Stadium, where the team is undefeated in three matches. Their only home defeat came at the Mbombela Stadium last month against the Amakhosi.
As far as goal scoring is concerned, Calvin Kadi has been the standout player for the Clever Boys, notching up four league strikes to be ties second in the goal scorers’ chart behind Chiefs’ Bernard Parker.
Wits face a testing string of fixtures in the league when they return to Absa Premiership action near the end of the month, as they are away to three-time champions SuperSport United on October 27.
That is followed by matches against MTN8 winners Moroka Swallows, unpredictable sides Platinum Stars and Ajax Cape Town, before a trip to Soweto to face reigning league champs Orlando Pirates in their last game of November.
Added to those fixtures, Wits will also this evening find out who they will face in the last 16 of the Telkom Knockout, a tournament the team finished as runners-up in last season after losing out in the final to the Buccaneers.