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Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt relishing James Keene return

Posted: 29 December 2016 Time: 09:54

Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt is convinced English hitman James Keene will add great value to the title contenders in the new year.

Keene will make his return after the festive break having missed the first half of the season with a knee problem.

The 31-year-old formed a formidable partnership with teen striker Phakamani Mahlambi last term before both suffered serious injuries, which disrupted Wits' challenge for the crown with eventual champions Mamelodi Sundowns.

However, Mahlambi recently returned to action with a bang, with Keene soon to also be back in the thick of things.

"He will make a big difference. He will make a big difference because he’s different to what we got," said Hunt of Keene, who netted seven goals and provided one assist in nine league starts in 2015/16.

"So he will make a big difference, I know it. He’s training well now, let’s see.

"He’s registered now for the second round of the season."

Hunt has ample options upfront, with Hellings Mhango, Cuthbert Malajila and Eleazar Rodgers also at his disposal.

The Clever Boys currently share the league summit with SuperSport United and Cape Town City on 25 points apiece, but have games in hand on their rivals.

Hunt's men will resume their campaign against Ajax Cape Town at Bidvest Stadium on February 7.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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