'Gamal should've won the Golden Boot'
Posted: 20 April 2018 Time: 18:00
Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt feels the numerous injuries sustained by his players early in the season cost them dearly this campaign.
The defending Absa Premiership champions endured a first half of the season to forget, at one stage sitting second-from-bottom on the log and in serious danger of relegation after recording just two wins in 16 league matches played from August to December.
The Students have since somewhat resurrected their season, losing just three of their 12 league games since the turn of the year to lift themselves up to 10th on the table.
Yet Hunt feels it could have been a different story earlier on in the campaign with a fully fit team, while also pointing out that integrating a number of new players also made things difficult.
“I think from pre-season, the whole defence was out at a certain time, then our midfield was out right at the beginning, so that didn’t help,” he said.
“Then we had to bring in a lot of new players, which didn’t work out, as we know, so that’s disappointing. The striker [Amr Gamal] should’ve been the top scorer in South Africa, but that didn’t work out, so that was disappointing.”
The Clever Boys then looked to be coasting to a top-eight berth following a nine-match unbeaten run, yet came unstuck against relegation-threatened Ajax Cape Town last week before the weekend’s loss to log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.
“We got back a lot of the team that played last year for the second round, and won 21 points in 10 games, better than anybody, which was more than two points a game,” Hunt continued. “But then we go and lose to Ajax, which was disappointing.”
Wits will look to put their successive league defeats behind them, as well as their midweek exit from the CAF Confederation Cup, as they prepare to take on 13th-placed Polokwane City on Sunday, knowing three points would lift them up to seventh on the table.
Kick-off at Bidvest Stadium is set for 15h00.