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Gavin Hunt: Bidvest Wits' key players have been bad

Posted: 18 February 2016 Time: 12:53

Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt has raised concerns over the current form of senior players Elias Pelembe, Daine Klate and Sibusiso Vilakazi, and believes they are way off their potential.

Wits are currently second on the log, with 36 points from 19 games, and trail log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns by nine points.

In their last five games, the Milpark-based side have won two, lost two and draw one, despite scoring eight goals – five of them being from the victory over Polokwane City.

The Clever Boys’ current top goalscorers Klate and Vilakazi, who have scored seven and six respectively, have not contributed to any of those eight goals, while Pelembe netted in their 2-1 defeat to Bloemfontein Celtic.

Hunt feels his experienced trio, who have all been named PSL Footballer of the Season before, have not found consistency in their form this season, which has lead to the team not finding consistency in their results.

“Yes [I am worried], I think the form players have been bad; Daine – no form; Vila – no form; Pelembe – no form,” Hunt tells

“So it has been a problem for us because those are three big players who haven’t scored a goal and haven’t played, certainly, nowhere near their potential – in the last five games that’s for sure.”

Wits next face 15th placed University of Pretoria at Bidvest Stadium on Friday evening, before travelling to bottom side Maritzburg United – two games that Hunt believes are “vitally important” in maintaining their pressure on the Brazilians.

“The next two league games are obviously vitally important for us – vitally important for us! We play the two bottom teams, which doesn’t mean they are going to be easy games,” he adds.

“They are going to be tough games; they are both basically fighting for their lives. After our four or five games we’ve had now, it’s got to be two wins otherwise we’re going to be way off the pace [of Sundowns].”

The three-time Absa Premiership-winning coach is adamant his team have not been playing badly, and says they should have got at least a point out of their recent defeats to Kaizer Chiefs, Mpumalanga Black Aces and Celtic.

“We’ve been playing well, we just haven’t got the results to be fair … out of the Aces game and the Celtic game, we should have had nothing less than draws – possibly two wins but draws at worst.

“Against Chiefs, we all saw that game – I don’t even have to say anything. So we haven’t been playing that badly, it’s just a matter of crucial periods; scoring when we get the chances and not conceding, that’s all.”

Article by: Chad Klate (@CKlatey)
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