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Shu-Aib Walters not drawing comparisons as Cape Town City, Wits prepare for MTN8 semi-final

Posted: 25 August 2017 Time: 15:05

Cape Town City goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters feels Sunday’s MTN8 clash against Bidvest Wits will pose an entirely different prospect from their league showdown last week.

The Citizens emerged as 1-0 victors over Wits in the opening Absa Premiership match-up of the season, with the two clubs set to renew their rivalries on Sunday in the first leg of this year’s MTN8 semi-finals.

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Yet the City gloveman feels it will be a very different ballgame compared to their league fixture at Bidvest Stadium last Friday.

“It’s definitely going to be different,” he told reporters. “First of all, their pitch is smaller than ours. Our pitch is in much better condition than theirs was. It wasn’t a field to play good football on, but the good thing is that we are now matching good teams physically now as well, which we struggled with a bit last season.

“Playing against the likes of Free State Stars and Wits is always going to be physical, but we’ve matched them now, which we are happy about. We do have concerns over the field we will play on Sunday, because they’ve got ball players – the likes of Steven Pienaar, Daylon Claasen and the experienced Daine Klate who can play, so I think it will be a different ballgame.

“I don’t think it will be as physical, but more of a competition of who’s playing the better football on the day.”

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City have won all three of their opening fixtures so far this season, yet Walters insists that are not the finished product just yet.

“Things have been going well, but I think we are still a work in progress,” he says. “We are happy about the results, but I think the coach and the technical staff believe there is still a lot of work to be done, and a lot of areas to improve on as well.”

Last year’s Telkom Knockout champions will look to continue their good run on their home turf on Sunday, with kick-off scheduled for 15:30.

Article by: Fabio De Dominicis
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