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Bidvest Wits midfielder Siyabonga Nhlapho: Our strikers are not failing

Posted: 16 December 2013 Time: 10:31

Bidvest Wits midfielder Siyabonga Nhlapho believes Gavin Hunt’s playing formation is the reason behind the club’s low scoring rate.

At the beginning of the season, Wits made a host of signings in Getaneh Kebede, Robin Ngalande Jnr and Benjani Mwaruwari, adding to an already strong strike force that consisted of Ryan Chapman, Calvin Kadi and Terror Fanteni, who was later released.

But despite the signings, Wits remain one of the lowest scoring teams in the League. After 11 matches The Clever Boys have found the back of the net just nine times, and only four of those goals were contributed by strikers (Kebede two and Ngalande two).

“I cannot really say that our strikers are failing, we also need to consider that this is a newly built team,” Nhlapo says.

“If you look at the formation that we play, we play with two holding midfielders who sit in front of the back four and we have three attacking midfielders, which only allows us to have one striker on the field at a time, to hold the ball up and lay for the on running midfielder.

“So in essence our system favours midfielders to score more than strikers and it makes sense why ‘Villa’ [Sibusiso Vilakazi] is our top scorer.

“He’s a brilliant footballer, take nothing away from him.”

Wits will visit Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium this afternoon, and Nhlapo says Wits are aiming to be in a good position on the League before the season break.

“We now that the game will not be easy, there are no easy games in the League, but it is important for us to pick up all three points because we don’t want to head to the break languishing somewhere in the top eight, we want to be in the top pack because that is where we belong.”


Livefyre comments on this story...

Cosa Nostra The 1st 48
posted: 2013-12-16 09:11:30

I just hope sundowns become so kind as we did before with them selling Masenamela and phala to them and we expect them to accept our offer about Manqele.They wanted to loan him to us so that he doesn't play against them and it was flatly refused by our management.

Re@l Trizzy
posted: 2013-12-16 09:15:14

Good player this Nhlapo

posted: 2013-12-16 09:20:00

U not getting Manqele

Cosa Nostra The 1st 48
posted: 2013-12-16 09:35:31

nkosiDownz You are nowhere nearer to making decisions for downs.During Masenamela I was thinking like you but I had no say so you only have to wish

Fumigator {#Komphela Is A Spaza Shop Coach}
posted: 2013-12-16 10:28:11

Morena Mazibuko your first paragraph makes it sound like the player is questioning gavin's tactics. Agenda.

Pastor D
posted: 2013-12-16 11:11:14

Sandile  Mazibuko Mr assistant editor - your headline and first paragraph is not consistent with the whole story. You make it sound like the player is unhappy or questioning the playing tactics. The player was explaining why midfielders are scoring and not strikers. He said they play with one striker and three attaching midfielders. The striker's role is to hold and release to attacking midfielders.  

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