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Moeneeb Josephs stresses importance of Bidvest Wits players winning silverware

Posted: 5 March 2016 Time: 09:48

Bidvest Wits goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs has stressed the importance of winning silverware this season in order to repay the club for their investment in recent years.

This comes after The Clever Boys' 1-0 win over Bloemfontein Celtic in the Nedbank Cup Last 32 on Friday night.

The veteran shotstopper roled back the years with a trademark penalty save to deny Phunya Sele Sele a late equaliser, and ultimately ensured his side advanced to the next round of the competition.

Having come through the last two seasons without any silverware to show for their efforts, despite the increased investment on players, Josephs has emphasised the need for Wits to go all the way and lift this particular cup this season.

"It was very important for us [to advance to the next round]," he told SuperSport after the match.

"We have a very good squad, and we have nothing to show for that yet – no trophies, no nothing - so to advance in this cup is very important for us.

"We want to end up with silverware at the end of the day because, as a footballer, it's all about what you've won.

"We have a good team; the club has invested a lot in this team so it's time to pay back; and this advancement to the next round is a step in the right direction."

Meanwhile, the 35-year-old has also offered words of support for Celtic midfielder Lyle Lakay, who missed his side's only real chance at scoring on the night.

"I think Bloemfontein Celtic let us off the hook, but that's how cup games are. You take your chance; they miss their chance and it's unfortunate," added Josephs.

"Lyle Lakay: the player is sad; the young boy is sad, but that doesn't make him a bad player. He is an unbelievable young mann and he can only grow from this.

"I told him he never missed a penalty; it was just fortunate for me that I saved the penalty, so nothing is on him. He's strong, he'll grow from this and he shouldn't worry because these things happen in cup football."

Article by: Staff Reporter
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