Xola Mlambo happy with Thabang Monare reunion for Bidvest Wits
Posted: 20 November 2017 Time: 13:45
Bidvest Wits midfielder Xola Mlambo is delighted to have rekindled his partnership with Thabang Monare, and he looks forward to building on their last performance.
The Clever Boys have not quite found their spark that saw them race to the MTN8 title and eventually seal their first ever Absa Premiership title last season.
However, the return of Mlambo and Monare, who garnered high praise in midfield before the combination was disrupted injury, has seen a slight improvement in the team's performance.
This was particularly evident in the first half of their 1-0 Telkom Knockout semi-final victory over Kaizer Chiefs, as the former Chippa United enforcer picked up the man-of-the-match accolade on Saturday afternoon.
"We know we had a good thing when we started at the start of last season, but unfortunately we couldn't start this season the same way because we know we've got brilliant players surrounding us," said Mlambo.
"The competition is too tight and once you get a little niggling injury or whatever, anyone who gets an opportunity makes sure they play to the best of their ability. So it's not easy but we have to keep going."
Wits' early-season struggles sees them languishing at the foot of the table with just eight points from nine games, and another tough challenge awaits against Tshwane giants Mamelodi Sundowns at Bidvest Stadium on Tuesday evening.
The 26-year-old Monare believes it is imperative to replicate their cup approach in the league in order to climb the standings.
"We were playing the Telkom Knockout and now it's over and done with, and now we have to focus on the league game coming up on Tuesday, and then we have another game [against Maritzburg United] over the weekend," he emphasised.
"Each and every opponent we're facing we have to give them as much respect as they deserve and we don't have to forget to work twice as hard as we should.
"The cup game is a different ball game, and the one we're now going into is a league game. We have to have the same approach, with the fighting spirit we had and hopefully lady luck will be on our side.
"It's never easy playing against teams like Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates, you always have to fight, grind and do whatever it takes to get the win.
"The competition will always be tougher and everything, so going into that game [on Tuesday] it's as important as any other game."