Shu-Aib Walters manages Cape Town City league title expectations
Posted: 18 April 2017 Time: 14:39
Cape Town City goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters insists title talk is not topical in their dressing room as the club prioritises finishing at least third and securing a ticket to continental football.
City are the surprise leaders with 45 points with just about a quarter of the season remaining of a campaign that appears to be snowballing into a fairy-tale run.
The game against Bidvest Wits tomorrow (Cape Town Stadium, 19h30) is just as crucial as all the remaining fixtures that they have on the board, yet one that if they win will give them the shoulder length comfort of a three-point lead for at least a week.
“Right now what we know is that a top five place is confirmed but we obviously want more than that with the immediate priority being to improve on the fourth-place finish from last season [as Mpumalanga Black Aces],” Walters tells KickOff.com.
Though the Aces franchise was bought, renamed and relocated to Cape Town, a sizeable number of players that played under the previous owners also moved on to the Mother City.
“Improving on last season’s finish means getting into Africa, we really want to play in Africa next year. If we beat both Wits and then Kaizer Chiefs next week I think Africa will be confirmed and from there is only when we can start talking about the title because the number of teams involved in the championship race will have been trimmed down to probably two or three. The league title will be determined in the last three league games and we want to go into those games still in.
“For now we are playing to finish in at least third place. I also feel the fact that we being viewed as underdogs suits us well because the load of expectations is lighter on our shoulders and not as heavy as it is with all the other clubs involved in the race. We might be a lighter weight category but it helps that we are boxing with the heavier weights,” says Walters.
The veteran stopper has been the first choice keeper of a campaign that has set him up for the possibility of his first ever double with City having already won the Telkom Knockout Cup.