'Wits aren't the Leicester City of SA'
Posted: 10 October 2017 Time: 16:30
Bidvest Wits midfielder Thabang Monare is certain the team will not emulate Leicester City by battling relegation the season after winning their first Premier League title.
The Foxes narrowly survived demotion following their fairytale triumph in 2015/16.
Parallels are being drawn with Wits who claimed their maiden Premiership crown last term, but now find themselves in the drop zone with five points from seven games.
Monare, however, is adamant the Students are not 'the Leicester City of South Africa'.
"Ja well I think we haven't started the way we would have liked," Monare tells KickOff.com.
"So I mean at this point of time I would say we are going through a rough patch. But it's part of the game you know, it's where characters are tested. So we just have to be positive and always stay honest to the game and keep working, that's all we can do right now.
"We are not the Leicester City of South Africa, we are Bidvest you know. We just happen to be going through a rough patch right now as I say. But we will just stay strong and keep working hard as we've been doing, believing, being positive and most of all believing that you know things are gonna turn you know, and we gonna have the joy we seek."
The Secunda-born player, who was nominated for the PSL Midfielder of the Season award after starring in 24 league games in 2016/17, was non-committal when asked whether the club can retain their title.
"Look this is the game of football you know, and anything can happen but at the moment we just have to... Like to be honest with you, even last season our approach in the team, it's been about how we gonna approach the next game. I mean we can't focus on something that is gonna happen in the long run you know. We still have a game that is coming. So basically we just gonna focus on doing well and that's how we've been doing as a team last season. It worked for us so why not now," concludes the former Jomo Cosmos man.