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.”