Joint log leaders Wits ‘still rebuilding’

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De Sa adds that he wants to avoid a repetition of what happened last season when Wits had a dismal second round after also occupying second place over the festive break.

De Sa attributes their current comfortable position on the standings to their resolute defence that has kept the most clean sheets.

“With us it is all about working extremely hard as a team, but we haven’t played as well as we could have. We have been lucky in that we have mastered the art of grinding out results while remaining disciplined and consistent at the back.

“We have also consistent in terms of selection; the new guys Bienvenu Tipa, Calvin Sosibo and Neil Winstanley have all been been regulars. David Radebe and Clive Moyo-Modise have also been reaching the same level.

“I think the good results we had when we beat Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates one after the other, built our confidence.

De Sa declined to make any prediction or say what targets have been set.

“To be honest, we are not thinking that far ahead. When the season resumes, our immediate mission will be to get six points in the first couple of games so that we get to 32 points. That will be the end of any relegation worries. After that, our aim will be for 10 points so that we guarantee our place in the top eight. From then on anything is possible.”

De Sa says that in his first year of returning to Milpark he intended to focus on rebuilding.

“I am still in the rebuilding phase, but everything has happened faster than I expected.”

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