Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Themba Zwane explains why Bidvest Wits have struggled this season
Posted: 13 April 2018 Time: 09:00
Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Themba Zwane says he is not surprised that Bidvest Wits have struggled this season.
The Clever Boys have surrendered the Absa Premiership title they won last season far too easily, spending almost the entire campaign in the bottom half of the table.
Wits, who are in 10th position after their 1-0 defeat to Ajax Cape Town on Wednesday night, have juggled domestic and continental football in the last two seasons and Zwane believes this is the reason they have battled to defend their crown this term.
“I am not surprised because it’s taxing to play the league and play the Champions League. Surely their players were tired. It’s tough,” the Bafana Bafana international tells KickOff.com.
“I think they will learn [from the experience]. They are buying players so that they can challenge for the league and Champions League. So they will learn.”
Sundowns host the outgoing champions at Loftus tomorrow night (18h00), looking to open the gap at the top of the table to six points, before second-placed Orlando Pirates take on AmaZulu at King Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday (15h00).
“It’s a big game. There’s a lot of quality players on both sides. They have a balanced team and so do we. It’s going to be tough, but we are ready to fight,” Zwane says.
“It’s important that we win the game so that we can open the gap and to carry on winning our games.”
The Buccaneers played to a goalless draw against SuperSport United at Mbombela Stadium on Wednesday, giving Sundowns an even bigger advantage in the title race.
Zwane says he was watching the UEAF Champions League match between Real Madrid and Juventus that night, but kept changing channels to check on the score in Nelspruit.
“Honestly I was watching Real Madrid, but I kept on checking the Pirates score. Yes, Pirates drew, but we need to focus on our game,” he says.